Cincinnati’s dark, progressive Doom/Sludge Metal quartet Beneath Oblivion are gearing up to release its new album, From Man To Dust, at the end of September. The band’s boundless approach to composition has made for some defiantly unique releases for independent label, The Mylene Sheath, which has become a favorite of the experimental Metal underground with its eye for releasing material (on vinyl and in lavish packaging) by artists unafraid to fearlessly explore music’s extremes. Beneath Oblivion certainly fits that bill, reportedly taking their gloomy conceptual themes, creative bombast and brutal atmospherics to new heights on Dust, an epic, eight-track, 80-minute release that will be available as a two-LP, colored vinyl set packaged in “heavy, thick gatefold jackets containing spot gloss and a lyrics insert.” Below, check out the recently unveiled trailer for the new album, featuring a sneak peek of the track “Concussions of the Head & Heart.” —-
Beneath Oblivion, which has built an international cult following amongst Avant Doom Metal diehards, next performs in Cincinnati on Sept. 3 at The Mockbee.
From Man To Dust comes following the fairly recent relocation of The Mylene Sheath. For most of Beneath Oblivion’s existence, the band had pretty convenient access to label’s founders/operators Lindsay Palmer and Joel Proper, because the imprint’s headquarters were just across the river in Covington, Ky. But operations (and Palmer and Proper) are now based in Athens, Ga.
The label recently announced a new split single featuring Beneath Oblivion and Chicago label mates Angel Eyes. In typical Sheath style, the basic two-side, two-song release is a limited edition (500 copies, no repressings) and available in a variety of colored vinyl options, packaged in hand-screenprinted and -numbered sleeves. (Click here for the label website for more info or to purchase.)
CityBeat profiled Beneath Oblivion in 2009 following its first effort for the label, a self-titled10-inch vinyl release that introduced BO to the world. Click here to read Brain Baker’s interview with the group.