Destination: Oblivion – Decay

Since 2003, I have heard two full-length albums and one EP from Portland, Oregon-based Destination: Oblivion, and all three have been consistently focused on industrial music. There have been line-up changes, the addition of real drums, and varying usage of samples and keyboards, but the overall style hasn’t changed much. For the group’s fifth effort, Decay, the music has shifted a bit more into metal territory for more of a hybrid approach – something I think Destination: Oblivion has always tried to do but didn’t get quite right until this release.

From the opening beats of the weighty “Suffocation,” it’s clear that Decay is a much heavier album than Destination: Oblivion’s previous efforts. The guitar and bass, handled by three of the band’s four members at various points throughout the album, are much more aggressive and thicker sounding. While keyboards and programming are still a part of the mix, it seems this is no longer the focus. Perhaps it’s just that the electronic bits mesh better with the rest of the instruments. “Don’t Believe” is a good example of this – the synth is much more in tune with the drums, guitar, and bass, and the result is a much more cohesive track than I’ve heard from the band before.

It seems the members of Destination: Oblivion have taken more of a team approach to songwriting this time around, and the strength of this method suits the band immensely. With four self-released albums already under their belts, it is clear these guys are really beginning to blossom in the studio. The production has only gotten better with each album, and Decay, with the slight shift in style and a more unified feel, is the band’s best release yet.

Destination: Oblivion’s Decay is still an industrial album despite the infusion of a more metal-oriented feel, so it’s really targeted at certain niche of potential fans. If you are generally drawn to this type of music, this disc should prove intriguing. As the group truly begins to hit its songwriting stride, only greater things can be in store for the future.