Destination Oblivion Shock Therapy
By Ray Van Horn, Jr.
This 2004 release from Portland,
Oregons Destination Oblivion is their third one, a culmination of
revamped outsourced material from their debut album Thirteen Beginnings to
the End as well as newer material. Consider this a nearly shameless
promotional springboard to their forthcoming album Decay, scheduled for
release in May of 2005.
A remix of Our God Greed produces bare bones dance
industrial with classic New Order digital grooves, while the remix of
Amputee gets raked with metallic furrows amidst a nasty Skinny Puppy
backwash. These first treatments only hint at the fact Destination Oblivion
considers itself an industrial metal band.
The Haunted, one of the newer tracks, is hunky dory,
although the Pigface-like blend of electronic percussion with live drums helps
its cause. Buried Alive throws down with more attitude, inspired by
tokes of Skinny Puppy and Nine Inch Nails. Unfortunately, it putzes along until
erupting sonically at the end, concluding (ala Trent Reznor) with a disarming
keyboard melody, which is the tracks best moment. Shock *13 and
Cauterize are numbing minute-long coldwave splices, in case youre
The laughable subtitle for Desensitized: Catholic
Mi at least has a pretty okay dance beat and keyboard coupling that
is disrupted by Wormhole: Orchestral Reconstruction, which sounds
promising and does have promising moments of piano quietude that are
unfortunately undone by hackneyed symphonic sampling that ruins the integrity
of the reflective melody Destination Oblivion sets for itself. Fortunately, the
last impression of this retooling is the aforementioned melody that escapes and
appropriately finishes this lengthy track.
Interesting to see where this unit goes next on
Decay. Save for a few flashes of entertaining moments, Shock
Therapy is most filler you only need bother yourself with if youre a
fan looking to rally them to (hopefully) better things.
Post: PO Box 56641, Portland, OR, 97238-6641, USA