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Oblivion Knight - "Millennium" (audio)

Faithful martyrs sought out the prophecies of our time,
Great white throne of the judgement compel,
For he's bound a thousand years through millennial fate,
Unable to deceive
Spiritual presence revealed after physical death,
Fallen prey to the curse of Cain,
Fixation a result of an avarice mind,
Child of silence sails over perilous seas,
In search for the bride of solitude,
Is the chosen one
To interpret the visions of prophecies call?
Darkened spirits lead me down paths of dismay,
Elysium seems so far,
From Golgatha the chains of mortality broke,
And with them the sins of thine flesh
Post millennium immediately out of deceive,
All leaders of the Earth, The wicked gather,
Their numbers as great the sands of the sea,
Devoured by Knights of the true Elysium
Messengers of the dark,
Awakened by His presence,
Are told of golden gated towers,
Lost in the shadows,
Once amid the tyranny of a king

Ο δίσκος των Oblivion Knight "Forgotten Realm"
Ο χαρακτηρισμός "αδικημένη" ή υποτιμημένη μπάντα έχει μάλλον χάσει την σημασία της με την συχνότητα που χρησιμοποιείται αλλά νομίζω ότι στην περίπτωση των Oblivion Knight ταιριάζει "γάντι" και βρίσκει εφαρμογή. Αμερικάνικο συγκρότημα τεχνικού power metal με prog και επικές προεκτάσεις στην μουσική του έδρασε στο δεύτερο μισό της δεκαετίας του ογδόντα.

Δίσκο δεν κατάφερε να κυκλοφορήσει, μονάχα δύο demos ("Demo '87", "Forgotten Realm"). Στα τελειώματα του επόμενου μήνα η Arkeyn Steel Records θα κυκλοφορήσει όλα τα δισκογραφήματα του Αμερικάνικου συγκροτήματος σε cd (μόλις 500 κομμάτια) υπό τον τίτλο "Forgotten Realm"...

Δελτίο τύπου: «Arkeyn Steel Records, with great honor presents the Power/Prog pioneers from Texas! Epic lyricism meets progressive skepticism in a unique sonic realm! Featuring members of SYRUS, MILITIA, WATCHTOWER, MAJESTY and YES THIS IS THE LEGENDARY... OBLIVION KNIGHT!

No special introduction is needed for OBLIVION KNIGHT, one of the most important bands of the 80s Texas Metal scene. Their two demos can only be identified as ultimate classics in the realm of Power/Progressive Metal and their story reflects the actual underground spirit of an entire decade. Originally from Dothan, Alabama, US, Steve Sexton (bass) and Chris Camp (guitar) founded the band back in 1985.

Their strong connection through letter writing and tape trading with bands from the growing Texas Metal scene of the mid 80s drove the two young musicians straight to San Antonio, Texas where they joined forces with drummer Ken Ortiz (ex-SYRUS) and vocalist Mike Soliz (MILITIA, ex-ASSALANT, ex-WATCHTOWER) and recorded their classic "Demo 1987".

An excellent example of Heavy/Power Metal with a Prog vibe. From 1987 until 1990 -release year of the second "Forgotten Realm" demo- the band followed a remarkable sound evolution, deeply inspired by the first wave of Prog Metal movement and bands like WATCHTOWER, early FATES WARNING and MAJESTY (pre-DREAM THEATER).

New music was born and a new line up was created featuring Chris Collins on vocals (ex-MAJESTY) and Keith Ciaramello on drums (it was actually Mike Portnoy himself who brought him in contact with the band). The "Forgotten Realm" demo can only be described as an outstanding piece of Progressive/Power Metal art.

It is without doubt one of the most important releases in the entire US Metal scene. Both the above mentioned classics are featured on the "Forgotten Realm" CD reissue on Arkeyn Steel Records. The tracks of an audition tape from 1989 are included as bonus.

Those are instrumental versions of the "Forgotten Realm" demo featuring lead guitar parts by Brian Kibekinski -he was auditioned in order to enter the band as a second guitar player-. A recording that is coming to light for the first time, thanks to Stefan Glas (UNDERGROUND EMPIRE).

All the material is digitally remastered by Kostas Scandalis at Infinity studio, Thessaloniki, Hellas. Lots of never before seen photos and the complete song lyrics are included. An in depth biography, revealing lots of unknown information about the band, written by Chris Papadakis is also featured.

The artwork is created by Kostas Athanasoglou based on the original "Forgotten Realm" cover. One thing is for sure and is actually confirmed through this reissue: Oblivion Knight were ahead of their time. Talent, technical skills and artistic vision: the three main elements of this great band that made their sound so special. The knight is marching from the realms of oblivion. Beware!»

Band: Oblivion Knight
Country of origin: United States
Location: Dothan, Alabama (early); San Antonio, Texas (later)
Status: Split-up
Formed in: 1986
Genre: US Power Metal
Lyrical themes: Fantasy

Audio: "Millennium"
Album: "Forgotten Realm"
Type: Compilation
Release date: October 29th, 2021
Label: Arkeyn Steel Records
Format: CD (500 copies)

Track listing:
01. Intro: Vision
02. The Eagle's Warning
03. Tales Of Vindication
04. Millennium
05. Forgotten Realm
06. Clash With The Knight
07. Sword In Hand
08. Beyond The Gates
09. The Omega
10. Intro: Vision
11. The Eagle's Warning
12. Tales Of Vindication
13. Millennium
14. Forgotten Realm

➥ 1-5 Forgotten Realm (Demo 1990)
➥ 6-9 Demo 1987
➥ 10-14 Instrumental Audition Tape 1989

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