When you think of French culture what comes to mind? The Eiffel Tower and The Louvre, well now you can add power metal to that list. That’s right, I said power metal. The land of berets and pastries now has power metal and their name is ÖBLIVÏON.
ÖBLIVÏON is made up of Jo Amore, David Amore, and Steff Rabilloud from the band Nightmare along with six-string bassist Flo Markus and shredder Fortunato Lagoutte. Their debut album is called Resilience. For those of you that crave power metal this is going to be a treat for you.
Resilience opens up with “Spectral Warrior”, a short instrumental intro with the sound of a post apocalyptic movie score. It is the scene at the end of the movie when humanity is reborn. As it ends, “Honor and Glory” is born with pure power metal guitar combined with drums leading the way. One of my favorite tracks is “Bells from Babylon.” It has a very fast beat and the vocal performance on this song by Jo Amore is unbelievable. His voice has a bit of Ronnie James Dio or Nils Patrik Johansson of Astral Doors infused in with it when he sings, and it comes out beautifully but yet strong in this song particularly. The whole is equally solid. No filler here, just a pure power metal sound is Resilience strongest attribute.
Resilience has the sound of early Yngwie Malmsteen, which is probably why I enjoyed it so much. The Guitar work is incredible and vocals sound a lot like Mark Boals vocals on Yngwie Malmsteen’s Trilogy. Resilience has everything you could ask for in a power metal album including amazing vocals, blazing guitar work, and drums that beat with the best of them. ÖBLIVÏON have infused symphonic instrumentation into the music to give it a theatrical edge. As a bonus, it includes a DVD with a live performance of the band in 2017 and a bonus section with interviews with all of the band members. ÖBLIVÏON’s Resilience will be released on February 23, 2018 via ROAR ! Rock Of Angles Records.