Oracles is a brand new band, based in Kortrijk, Belgium. The band was formed in March of last year and immediately started working on this debut. Members come from bands like Aborted, System Divide and Abigail Williams. The debut includes guest contributions from Per Nilsson (Scar Symmetry), Ryan Knight (The Black Dahlia Murder, Arsis) and Jeff Loomis (Arch Enemy, Nevermore). Jacob Hansen (Epica, Volbeat) mixed the whole thing and Colin Marks (Strapping Young Lad, Aborted, Fleshgod Apocalypse) was responsible for the artwork.
There, a whole bunch of big names in the world of metal. In that aspect indeed worthy of the term "supergroup", but the main question remains: "how does it sound?". Well, it sounds brutal, technical, harsh, epic, atmospheric, industrial, melodic, intense and extreme. This defies all classification, dragging elements from death metal, grindcore, gothic metal, black metal, industrial and progressive metal into a massive whirlpool of musical extremities. And then there's even a cover version of Marilyn Manson's 'The Beautiful People' which is better than the original if you ask me.
Dryly said, this album contains a massive heap of brutal riffs, methodical drums and a surprising alternations of Sven's fierce growls and screams and Sanna's elegant singing. That combination somewhat sounds like an extreme version of bands like After Forever, Epica and Nightwish, done by highly talented musicians. Highlights on this album are 'Catabolic (I Am)' and 'Body of Ineptitude' but the whole thing is mesmerizing, something every fan of extreme metal should have in his collection.
Once again, I'm pleasantly surprised by the stuff bands from Belgium can come up with, and I'm not even being patriotic here. Just face it, extreme metal hasn't really been evolving in the past few years. Leave it to a mastermind like Sven De Caluwe to initiate the evolution and lead another Belgian act to the main stages of metal festivals far and wide. So get your filthy hands on a copy of this brilliant album now. You know you want to...