Destination Oblivion Larvae
By Marcus Pan
The triad of Destination Oblivion consists of Dennis
Navratil, Joe Martinez and Dan King. Their schtick is your standard industrial
overtones of anti-corporatism, anti-trend and individuality with a fair dose of
nihilism. Destination Oblivions three previous releases, Decay,
Thirteen Beginnings to the End and Shock Therapy were
previously reviewed in Legends. Overall, Larvae still has a thoroughly
amateuristic bent, their releases stacking up in quantity but not really
reveling in much quality over the years.
Opening very dirty and gritty, reminding me very strongly of
Mindless Faith, Lost Faith even has a name reminiscent of them.
Grungy scrapings, toy piano melodies make an interesting combination.
Manipulated is the same scratchiness with more rhythm movements and
constant additions as if Destination Oblivion werent sure where to stop
adding things. Angry vocals and guitar round out the dirge.
Larvae even seems a bit of a backward push when
compared to the previous release of Decay, getting more experimental but
losing much in the way of being musical. The squealing of
Lowcreeper_vs_d:o is fucking annoying and might cause any animals in
your vicinity to commit suicide. Disembodied vocal samples just make it suffer
more. Fluke45_vs_d:o has the same problem, being a guttural experimental
ambience piece of distorted vocals edged with metallic overtones, but
doesnt really do much for me. It just kind of annoys its way along.
Im not impressed much with Larvae, as I
dont find it moving beyond what theyve done in the past.
Destination Oblivion seems stoic now, archaic even, and will either not add
enough to their experiments to warrant it being called musical or
either add lots of different bits and vox-laced shouts and over-flanged guitar
almost like their playing with new toys to become more mushy than
musical. Surely they have learned to create better music than this
after four releases.
Post: PO Box 56641, Portland, OR, 97238-6641, USA
 Reviewed in
Reviewed in Legends #135.
 Reviewed in Legends #150.
 Manifest Destiny was
reviewed in Legends #107.