Oblivion Beckons

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Oblivion Beckons
Byzantine - Oblivion Beckons.jpg
Studio album by Byzantine
Released January 22, 2008
Genre Groove metal
Progressive metal
Length 53:56
Label Prosthetic Records
Byzantine chronology
…And They Shall Take Up Serpents
Oblivion Beckons
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Decibel (favorable)[1]
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Blabbermouth 8/10 stars[3]

Oblivion Beckons is the third studio album by Charleston heavy metal band Byzantine. It was released on January 22, 2008. According to vocalist Chris "OJ" Ojeda, the band "stripp[ed] down some things like the vocals for a more aggressive style and ... [went] out on a limb on some other things [they] have never tried before." Ojeda also described Oblivion Beckons as being the band's most varied album.[4] The album reached #8 on CMJ.[5]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Absolute Horizon" – 5:00
  2. "Nadir" – 3:41
  3. "Oblivion Beckons" – 3:54
  4. "The Gift of Discernment" - 5:29
  5. "Expansion and Collapse" – 3:44
  6. "Catalyst" – 3:36
  7. "Pattern Recognition" – 4:14
  8. "Renovatio" – 2:16
  9. "Centurion" - 4:23
  10. "Receiving End of Murder" – 4:13
  11. "All Hail the End Times" – 3:46
  12. "Deep End of Nothing" – 5:38
  13. "A Residual Haunting" – 4:11


  • Chris "OJ" Ojeda - Vocals, Lead/Rhythm Guitar, Piano
  • Tony Rohbrough - Lead/Rhythm Guitar, Keys
  • Matt Wolfe - Drums, Acoustic Guitar, Lead Guitar
  • Michael "Skip" Cromer - Bass, Vocals, Lead Guitar
  • Charles Aaron Fisher - Producer/engineer
  • Drew Mazurek - Mixing
  • Allen Douches - Mastering


  • "Nadir"
  • "Expansion and Collapse"


  • During the song "Deep End of Nothing" all four band members trade lead guitar solos since all members played guitar in previous bands before Byzantine.
  • The Morse code intro that starts off the album spells out the phrase "Absolute Horizon Brings Death" 3 times.
  • A common theme of death and finality is used throughout the lyrics coinciding with the fulfillment of their recording contract.
  • The guitar melody at the beginning and end of "Centurion" is the haunting melody to the classic horror movie "The Howling".
  • The album artwork utilizes once again the image of Tovah Miller, who was the actress in the music video for "Jeremiad" and the short performance film on the DVD "Salvation".