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There are plenty of reasons you might like the idea of making Inside The Mirror, the summer of 2016 sophomore release of Nashville, Tennessee based Oblivion Myth, a priority purchase... devotees of the hard music scene are certain to see the appeal to the compelling songwriting, accomplished lead vocals, proficient musicianship and professional production... 

Inside The Mirror is not so much the best album I have heard in 2016 (at least up to this point), but perhaps the best album I have heard in the past several years... I esteem Inside The Mirror to such an extent that if I had delayed writing the article by several months I would easily have included it- and changed the title to The ELEVEN Best Albums Of The Past Ten Years in the process!


Band Review

The first time I experienced the power metal awesomeness of Oblivion Myth™ I was driving into town and heard the guys on 102.9 fm playing tracks from their debut album and I was truly blown away. A year later Oblivion Myth, Killing Grace and Halcyon Way sold out not ONE but TWO shows together in their hometown of Nashville and recently myself and the guys in Killing Grace and Oblivion Myth played another highly successful show in Memphis, TN @ the legendary Stage Stop. If you've never seen them you won't ever forget it when you do, and if you've never heard them, rush out and pick up a copy of their latest release"Inside the Mirror", you will LOVE this cd and you will LOVE this band, one of my favorites!


Inside The Mirror Album Review

Oblivion Myth's "Inside The Mirror" makes the Music City live up to its name. Uniquely created with a big and wide mix of energy!


Inside The Mirror Album Review

I love these guys! Their music is powerful and moving. I have had the pleasure of seeing them in concert many times. This new album carries the power of their live performance with a very masterful recording. Awesome!


Inside The Mirror Album Review

This is an impressive solid album. And it feels like an album, which I really like! Favorite track..."Between Light and Shadow". A bright future awaits this band.


Inside The Mirror Album Review

Oblivion Myth return with their magnum opus "Inside The Mirror" A Powerful & Majestic slab of classic metal that scorches with the heat of a thousand suns. A must have for any metalhead!


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I really admire what you guys do.


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Check out Oblivion Myth, you can't beat it.


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War Child is kick-ass with that typical ancient Metal heavy chugging undertone and pounds and pounds of guitars tearing up the sky with classic riffage.


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It seems like EVERYONE wants to hear Oblivion Myth


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Oblivion Myth's "War Child" begins with blazing yet tasteful progressive metal riffs reminiscent of the great prog bands of the 80's and 90's while at the same time sounds fresh and new. The vocals kick in and provide the perfect ingredient for an in-your-face, we shall not be denied metal sound that has been sadly lacking in the music industry for far too long. Thank you, Oblivion Myth, for doing your part to bring back progressive metal \m/


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Listening to 'War Child' by Oblivion Myth increased my heart rate, doubled my muscle mass, and made me want to throw on a Viking helmet and pillage the ends of the earth.......after this beer!


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Oblivion Myth delivers that sound that all progressive metal lovers crave. These guys have some serious talent. A progressive music machine that can't be beat!


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They are a really exciting band to watch and I will catch them again soon!


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The Rutledge, Nashville A beautiful day for a metal show in the home of country music. The show included our buds in Oblivion Myth. Gotta say... this band was on fire. Something special going on with them this night. The guys are not only good players, but more importantly good dudes. Great job!!!


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Making the trip from Nashville, OBLIVION MYTH were a seasoned bunch, with higher levels of professional and intensity... The band offered a sound rooted in traditional metal, yet straddling the line with thrash. During the –song set they aired ‘Into The Shadows’, ‘Mystique’ and the concluding ‘War Child’. Renditions of some of those tracks can be viewed on YouTube.


Oblivion Myth - Between Light And Shadow

In the crowded American power metal scene, Nashville, Tennessee’s Oblivion Myth stands out with its darker, more instrumentally expansive and progressive based take on the genre. The group can trace its history to early 2006 when it was founded by guitarist Keith Smith. 

What we have in Oblivion Myth is classic US power metal heavily influenced by the NWOBHM. Specifically, the group is not that far removed from Jacobs Dream, Antithesis, Warrior, Bride (eighties era), Fires Of Babylon, Septer and Faith Factor. Yes, a wide array of styles at hand - and I hesitate to invite direct comparison as a result - but if you like many of the previously referenced bands then I can see Oblivion Myth appealing to your tastes.

Oblivion Myth brings a faith based element to the majority of its lyrics (the best way to describe the group might be “Christians in a band”) while its name implies its beliefs as well: Heaven and Hell are real- Oblivion is just a Myth!



Oblivion Myth show reviews

The night started off with Pastor Bob up at the microphone to announce the benefit and give a little send-off to Oblivion Myth. Those unfamiliar with Pastor Bob up until then now knew him to be an endearing large, tattooed, and long-haired preacher, more than appropriate for this evening. Taking the stage, Oblivion Myth and band rolled through song after song of their own blend of power metal, with guitarist Keith Smith notoriously flashing huge smiles after his solos. 

More classic in feel than the other bands, Oblivion Myth got things rolling on a spirited and familiar note to most everyone in the house. During the set change between bands, Theocracy vocalist Matt Smith took some time out from chatting with fans in the audience to hang with me in the backstage area for an interview. After coming back inside from the cold, Innersiege was about to take the stage as the audience swelled to both the front first floor area and the seated area one floor up, flowing over into the bar area to the left.


Debut CD by Oblivion Myth

One word...amazing! Amazing! Simply amazing!

Oblivion Myth's debut self-titled album comes as a suprise to most. It's a hard hitting, unstoppable force that few refuse to bow down to. While the production may not be top-notch, there is no doubt that each member's perfomance and the overall performance of the band as a single unit is outstanding. From start to the magnificent conclusion, Oblivion Myth as a solid power metal force never lets up. From the fast paced Kreator-esque riffs to the melodic Accept-style riffs, this album and more importantly this band never lets you rest. Most notably, Nickell's drumming never lets up and always fits picture-perfect with the music at any given moment of the album. Smith's vocals, while a little shaky at a few points, provide an excellent addition to this already powerful masterpiece.

Ultimately, Oblivion Myth has created a power, amazing, technical masterpiece. This debut album presents some of the most mindblowing technical performances in centuries! If you haven't heard Oblivion Myth yet, go do so right now!

In closing, is Oblivion Myth the future of power metal? I believe so; however, more importantly, Oblivion Myth is the quintessence of performance, skill, and power metal in general. Are they the Gods of Metal? Without a doubt, YES!!!



“For years I've wondered why this band hasn't blow up & been signed to an established label. I've been a fan for years and after FINALLY seeing them live, I'm no longer just a fan, I'm officially a "FANBOY"! One day in the future, when they've finally received the fame, recognition and accolades that they deserve and when they play before hundreds of thousands of rabid Metal Maniacs at Wacken Open Air, we will look back on this night and remember in awe, how they played for us, for the Georgia Metal Alliance Int'l H.M.C. when they were still undiscovered by the rest of the world & always be grateful for it! Oblivion Myth blew us all away, they decimated all that they surveyed! This is true heavy metal! No sub-genre, not Power Metal, just serious classic Heavy Metal in the same vein as Judas Priest, Iced Earth & some Hammerfall sprinkled in for good measure! If you've never heard this band live (or listened to their music at all, you NEED to check them out & buy their music!) The G.M.A. has officially adopted Oblivion Myth!" Nik "Werewolf" Bloodstorm Int'l President/Founder Georgia Metal Alliance Int'l H.M.C. Georgia Metal Alliance International Heavy Metal Club



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OBLIVION MYTH Among The Year's Most Exceptional Music Projects
Nominated In The 16th annual Independent Music Awards

OBLIVION MYTH, Reeve Carney, Harriet, Death Valley High, Eh440, Jane Siberry, Jackknife Stiletto, Dan Zanes, Fiona Joy, Next To None, Taylor Grey, Esprit d’Air, Wordsmith, Rozina Pátkai, Karim Baggili, Air Traffic Controller, Ganda Boys, Amiss O.mega (featuring Snoop Dogg) and The Bankesters Among The 16th IMA Nominees

New York, NY February 13, 2018  AMERICAN POWER/PROGRESSIVE METAL BAND OBLIVION MYTH of NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE was named as a Nominee in The 16th annual Independent Music Awards (The IMAs), the influential honors for independent artists and releases. More than 400 innovative self-released and indie label projects culled from thousands of submissions worldwide, were nominated by fans and industry panelists in 96 Album, Song, EP, Music Producer, Music Video and Design categories. 

Nominated along with
Oblivion Myth is an eclectic mix of established artists and rising stars include: Taylor Grey, Esprit d’Air, Harriet, Fiona Joy, Dan Zanes, Next To None, Rozina Pátkai, Air Traffic Controller, Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike, Jane Siberry and The Bankesters.  Fan-nominated artists in the Song and Video categories include: Reeve Carney, Matthew Huff, MADYX, Ganda Boys, Karim Baggili and Amiss O.mega [featuring Snoop Dogg]. Click here for a full list of The 16th IMA Nominees and Categories

The winning projects will be selected by judging panels of top recording artists including: Tom Waits, Slayer, Bakithi Kumalo, Michael W. Smith, Sepultura, Amy Lee [Evanescence] among many others; and influential press and talent buyers from the Americas, Europe and Pacific Rim.

Voting on The IMA site for the fan selected Music, Video & Design winners runs from  February 20th - March 20th at

WINNERS ANNOUNCED at The IMAs Independent Music Party @ Lincoln Center

The year’s best self-released and indie label projects will be announced March 31st  
from Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. The free annual indie music celebration draws artists, fans and influencers from around the globe for awards, performances, discussions and parties.

IMA winners will be promoted to millions of music fans via online & broadcast promotions, performance and distribution opportunities. Details and complete list of Nominees and Judges available at:

Artistry. Originality. Excellence.

Now in its 17th year, The Independent Music Awards, produced by Music Resource Group honor the year’s most exceptional & artistically daring music projects from self-released and indie label talent from around the globe. And connects them to new performance, promotion, distribution and fans.

Program winners and nominees include extraordinary artists at every stage of their careers and include Amy Lee, Masta Ace, Valerie June, Meghan Trainor, Passenger, Jackson Browne, Team Me, Radio Radio, ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Girl In A Coma, Apples in stereo, Pokey LaFarge, Killer Mike among many more.

Submissions for The 17th annual Independent Music Awards will be open in June 2018. Details and eligibility available at


Oblivion Myth
Originating from Nashville, Tennessee the band has a unique, hard-driving sound that is a combination of influences from Stryper, Dream Theater, Symphony X, and Rush, with a clean wide-range vocal style that's influenced by Judas Priest, Queen & Kamelot.

Their 2016 album "Inside the Mirror" was awarded Album of the Year by Angelic Warlord and nominated for both a NIMA award in 2017 and an Independent Music Award in 2018. 3rd album is scheduled to land in 2018.


Album Review - Heaven's Metal

The Myth Is A Reality

Every once and a while a band comes along, seemingly out of nowhere, to make a huge musical AND spiritual impact. Oblivion Myth hails from Nashville, TN (not exactly “nowhere,” but hardly a city know for heavy metal!) and their music is a hard-hitting amalgam of old-school classic metal (Judas Priest/Saint) and more progressive power metal (Symphony X/Theocracy). And no, despite the blurb on their promo site, they sound nothing like Rush or Dream Theater. A good description might be a blend of Saint and Cage, sharing the vocal and lyrical similarities with the former and the aggressive guitars and drumming with the latter. It’s an impressive wall of sound for sure, with plenty of power, pomp and guitar shred. Equally impressive, though, is the lyrical approach. Instead of being moody, dark or introspective, Oblivion Myth confronts the truth of the reality in which we live, as well as the encompassing spiritual warfare over-arching our own personal battles. In many ways, this reminds me of Sardonyx’s wonderful Majestic Serenity from the early 90’s. Remember that one, with all those bible verse references with each song? Yep, Oblivion Myth has got that going on here as well, but these guys are not as scathingly confrontational as Sardonyx and are instead more exhorting in nature.  


Inside The Mirror was originally released in 2016, but these guys have actually been around for over a decade. They released their debut in 2006. With the buzz surrounding them continuing to grow, as well as anticipation of new material later this year, this seemed a good time to highlight the epic sophomore release. It is loosely conceptual and there are plenty of interludes (six in all) to provide an “aural rest” between blistering full-length songs. The band employs a few guest vocalists and guitar players, and producer Andy Freeman contributes keyboards/orchestrations.


This is a loud recording – crystal clear vocals (Tim McDonald has that Halford bite), cutting, crunching guitars with plenty of shred-filled leads and solos, and drums that are up-front in the mix. I love the kick/bass drum sound which really gives this music that live punch vibe. Shultz is a powerful and dynamic drummer – he balances foot speed and power really well – and so it is great to hear every cymbal crash, tom fill/flam and kick punch with such clarity. All of the players here, though, are skillful and these guys exude a professional quality that is as genuine as it is hard to find these days. My only complaint about the recording might be that the volume on the interlude tracks seems too low compared to the main songs, but this is minor. Overall, Inside The Mirror is clean but still feels raw like metal should.


There are some absolutely killer songs here, like the up-tempo opener “Blinding The Darkness,” “Sea Of Tranquility,” “Beyond This Home” and my favorite track “Absence of Malevolence.” Surprisingly, the only song that feels a bit contrived or cliché is “Battle Angels,” but it is still a fun metal anthem. Fans of power metal with positive/Christian content shouldn’t even hesitate to check out Inside The Mirror. Oblivion Myth, in my opinion, is the best band to emerge in the Christian power metal scene since Theocracy.[Miracle Music]

Album Review - Inside The Mirror

In many ways, 2016 was the year of the independent release, at least when factoring how independent artist Oblivion Myth took the top spot and beat out some very tough competition in The Neal Morse Band, Theocracy and Michael Sweet. 

Nashville, Tennessee based quartet returns with the traditional metal mixed with strong leanings towards power metal and hard rock of its superlative sophomore album Inside The Mirror.  A group whose motto is ‘Eternity is real, Oblivion is just a Myth’, Oblivion Myth has made significant steps and strides since its 2008 debut Between Shadow & Light, a fine album in its own right (referencing the 80% Angelic Warlord review).




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"Oblivion Myth's "Inside The Mirror" makes the Music City live up to its name. Uniquely created with a big and wide mix of energy!" - Shelby Kennedy, Tunecore VP Entertainment Relations


"Oblivion Myth return with their magnum opus "Inside The Mirror" A Powerful & Majestic slab of classic metal that scorches with the heat of a thousand suns. A must have for any metalhead!" - Mike "The Big Cheese" Catricola, The Heavy Metal Mayhem Radio Show


"I love these guys! Their music is powerful and moving. I have had the pleasure of seeing them in concert many times. This new album carries the power of their live performance with a very masterful recording. Awesome!" - Pastor Bob Beeman, Sanctuary International

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