Oath Of Damnation are a band from Australia that plays a mixture of symphonic black metal and brutal death metal and this is a review of their self released 2014 album "The Descent".
Dark and evil avant garde sounds start off the album before going into a very fast and brutal blackened death metal direction along with a mixture of growls and screams and blast beats and the music uses a good mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts as well as adding in good amount of melody into the guitar riffing.
When guitar solos and leads are added into the music they bring in a great amount of talent and skill as well as being heavily influenced by more traditional styles of metal which also brings a good balance between the bands brutal and dark sound and when synths are added into certain sections of the recording they bring a very dark, atmospheric and symphonic sound to the bands musical style.
Even with the symphonic sound s the band still manages to retain a very fast and brutal edge to their musical sound and the music is perfectly balanced between black and death metal and one of the later tracks also see the band adding in rain and thunder sounds briefly before returning back to a more dark and brutal musical direction.
Oath Of Damnation takes a very brutal style of blackened death metal and combine s it with symphonic and melodic black metal which makes the music sound very interesting, the production sounds very powerful, heavy and dark for being a self released recording while the lyric s cover darkness and occultism themes.
In my opinion Oath Of Damnation are a very great sounding mixture of symphonic black metal and brutal death metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Sergius III" "The Severing Of blessed Fingers" and "Shroud Of Spoleto". 8 out of 10.