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Frontier of Darkness

by Jovian Oblivion

Epic Rock Songs with catchy hooks.
Genre: Rock: Avant-Prog
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1. Callisto Awaits
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2. Calm Before the Storm
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3. The Mask Behind the Face
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4. Evil Man
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5. Window Pane
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6. Blue Dot
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7. Banish Me
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8. Do Not Rebel
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9. Frailty
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10. Breath's Width
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11. Spacin'
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12. Somnium (On Luna)
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13. Ego Enabled
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14. How Many More Wars?
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15. Callisto Awaits (reprise)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The sonic voyage continues with "Frontier of Darkness," the second album from Jovian Oblivion. This time around, the music is more polished and sophisticated but still retains the raw, rocking energy and dynamic diversity for which Jovian Oblivion is known. Production on “Frontier of Darkness” started one month after the completion of the 1st Jovian Oblivion album, “Eye of the Mind” in July of 2005. Unlike the first album, which was Brent Matney exclusively performing all instruments and vocals… “Frontier of Darkness” features contributions of several different musicians on 5 of the 15 tracks. All of these songs were created pure and free in the sanctuary of Brent Matney’s project recording studio… far, far away from the evil influences of money, fakeness and greed.

“Frontier of Darkness” is a diverse collection of songs ranging from moody, sinister instrumentals to ranting, poetic melodies of angst and torment. Some of the songs strike out with melodic belligerence such as “Banish Me” “Do Not Rebel” & “Frailty.” Other tracks, like “Callisto Awaits” “The Mask Behind the Face” “Spacin’” & “Somnium (On Luna)” establish a spooky dream-like ambiance throughout. And of course, no Jovian Oblivion album would be complete without the political rhetoric included in the songs, “Calm Before the Storm” “Evil Man” & “How Many More Wars?” “Blue Dot” is a foray into the hot topic of the environment, foreshadowing an eventual apocalypse despite frantic warnings from groups who are attempting to save the Earth and it’s eco-system. “Window Pane” tells a bleak story of an unfortunate person who is suffering from extreme paranoia and slowly going insane, while the progressive rock-natured, “Breath’s Width,” expresses suicidal thoughts after a bad ending to a long romantic relationship. “Ego Enabled” features some heavy blues-riffing and raucous vocals in an odd 5/4 time signature. If you are looking for the same-old, predictable, formulaic, monotonous, mainstream rock music that is prevalent on today's modern rock stations and MTV, then look elsewhere. But, if you want to hear fresh, innovative, 21st Century rock'n'roll as it should be... then look no further than Jovian Oblivion.

Some of the guest musicians on “Frontier of Darkness” include Joe Berkley, drummer of the The Sky Remembers and Dave Delida bassist of The Sky Remembers. Joe wrote the lyrics for “Breath’s Width” while Dave played bass on “Frailty” and “How Many More Wars?” The Sky Remembers currently has a CD for sale here on CDBABY. Jean Roca provided the guitar tracks for “Evil Man” and Jesse Baer furnished the background music for the psychedelic instrumental, “Spacin’.” Jean Roca also has a CD for sale here on CDBABY. Album artwork and graphics were provided by Steven Street of Trajandesigns.com. Jovian Oblivion, The Sky Remembers, Jean Roca and Trajan Designs can all be found on MySpace.com.

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M.J. Austin

Frontier of Darkness
Due to this self-produced album's near industry standard professionalism, you'd never know by only listening to it and paying no mind to the liner notes that Jovian Oblivion is mainly just one guy with a few helpers pitching in here and there. Brent Matney is the mad scientist behind this project; he wrote, arranged, performed and mastered these fifteen songs all on his lonesome. Whether the finished product of any endeavor of this nature is praiseworthy or not, one-person bands are already commendable in their own merit thanks largely to the exclusiveness. However, through the considerable quality of this release, Matney raises the bar on super-solo, super-independent releases and successfully carves out a standout niche for himself. A madcap, over the top, and creative romp to say the least, Frontier of Darkness is one of the more intriguing concept albums in recent times.

This new outing from the catalogue is the type of record that wears a myriad of obvious influences sternly on its sleeve but still endorses enough of its own ideas to remain unendingly fresh and free of any lemming notions. Moreover, Jovian Oblivion is homage to uncompromising risk taking, never afraid to sacrifice mass audience acceptance in order to push aural boundaries. A lot is going on from song to song via Easter Egging melodies and sweeping volatility. Yet, Jovian Oblivion showcases an admirable knack for keeping the tunes well constructed, genuinely challenging, and consistently fun to listen to all at the same time. It's a more than welcome testament of Matney's skills (and humble persona) since 99% of experimental albums are overly self-indulgent and masturbatory.

The record's sound is concentrated on temperamental, opaque palettes of psychedelia that swing in and out of odd timing structures and faux mid-tempo rhythms. If one can image a stylish blend of their favorite progressive artists going on a trippy acid binge with the most decorated alumni of stoner and Black Sabbath-charged rock, then this LP is going to be a welcome addition to the roster.

Since Frontier of Darkness isn't particularly distinct to one style of rock, or several for that matter, the most notable vehicle that trademarks the recording is the immensely bizarre vocal approach. Matney fluctuates in staccato form between bellowing, quasi operatic vocals and sonically distorted wails that pack so much reverb pitch that the late Layne Staley would sound like he's coming raw on his band's last self-titled LP. Arguably, the most appealing uses of this practice go to the wired “Evil Man” and the awesome Tomahawk-esque groove of “Banish Me.” Jovian Oblivion pushes the envelope the furthest on “The Mask Behind The Face,” “Window Pane,” and “Blue Dot.” These are often more ambient and haunting on the instrumental side of things. Plus, relying on even more vocal drudgery, they call to mind a digital version of non-gargled drowning.

However, not all of the songs follow the same pattern mentioned in the former and latter sections. The folk-like “Calm Before The Storm” utilizes almost none of the prior mentioned electronic tinkering and plays out like a would-be tribute to early Clutch work. “How Many More Wars?” is the most lyrically direct effort on the album. Politically roused, this song's mellow verses snail about like it's going be a dreary downer, but abruptly switches to an unexpected chorus of funked-out sensitivity.

As a result from this bantering chemistry query, with extended length on nearly all the songs (quirky rock usually works on a shorter format), it's doubtless that mixed bag opinions will be levied from listener to listener. Maybe a little too adventurous for its own good, Frontier of Darkness is certainly not going to be for everyone. Yet, it's also a certainty that Brent Matney never intended for it to be. For those that do show interest, this composition won't lose its luster anytime soon.
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Todd

Brooding texture filled audio landscapes with pop sensibilities.
'Frontier of Darkness' is the whole package. Everything about this release is pro, from the cohesive art direction, to the sonic quality, to the songs, to the mixing and mastering, right through to the perfect track ordering. Jovian Oblivion has put in place an epic offering of his sonic vision with this disc, and I am hooked!!!--

This CD isn't easy listening background music. I challenge you to put it on and try to do something else. You can't. I literally sat on the edge of my seat listening as interesting movements came, went, and were replaced by something else just as captivating.--

Brilliant and unconventional harmonies propel the lyrical message, and despite the experimental nature of the music there are still plenty of hooks both musically and lyrically to go around keeping the songs memorable.--

As a musician, Brent is brilliant in his command of his instruments and his software programming - always composing the perfect part for the song. Even when the idea for a passage comes from far left field (as they often do), the part fits the composition perfectly.--

This music is always changing, always morphing into both what it is, and what it never was, and ultimately it is never boring. I can't imagine the work that had to go into this. It's mind boggling to consider the attention to detail and minutia in every one of these recordings, when you understand that it was (with a few minor exceptions) all done by one person.--

I can't recommend it highly enough. It is a true work of art. GET THIS CD!
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jbaer

Trippy Prog Rock -- Pulled Off
Production:

Fantastic. Very professional. Impressive given the number of tracks on each tune -- I have a hard enough time getting 5 tracks to sound good together but JovianO pulled off many different sounds going on simultaneously in a cohesive way that works.

Songwriting:

Interesting, weird as hell in parts. Very 'prog-like' stuff weaving in and out of more traditional structures. Bizarre changes that you wouldn't see coming in a million years. I fluctuated between rocking out and feeling like I was on some sorta crazy trip.

Geetar work:

Tasteful. I looked forward to the guitar solos cause they were consistently well crafted and executed. Simplicity without being boring. Frailty is my favorite. Great vibe. I smell a single.

In conclusion -- great job. It's clear from the final product that a lot of work's gone into it
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Joe

This one's a keeper!
let me break down what i think. 1) intro track takes me into the realm. very soothing, slight space western sound, 2) bleeds right from the intro, lyrics and lyric melody really throws you. the changes are brilliant and u did a excellent job with the upbeat total sound, verses the chorus. almost reminds me in parts of a surreal Queensryche song. but actually better. one of my favorite tracks on this album. 3)like the vocal effects. a might darker in tone and the laugh sets up the mood of the track. A nightmare on elm street feel on this one. it was more straight forward than alot of your other tracks. u didnt take me out of the nightmare u put me in. 4)this was a weird experience. i loved it. i had no clue where we were going another one of my favorites. had more of the odd changes and hook melodies . i had to review this one several times to sense where u were going. 5) another dark song. it's a journey. loved the riff. one of my favorites. the part right before the pause is a damn great hook. you should have used it more. the solos were good but that hook was damn awesome!! i aint gonna lie id have LOVED to write to this song. i do hear in my head some orchestration in it. 6) the odd changes are in full effect and has some good hooks. this is a great track but i dont think the avg listener will get it. it is its own epic within itself. 7) this is the good old upbeat song. done in the jovian way. very good melody. the freaky freak had me cracking up. prob not what u were looking for but i know u too well. what i so love about this is how you run me off the road with this song with the hip hop, the solos, all the side roads you take me on then put me back on the main road of the song. great track. 8) you made me pee my pants. 9) upgrade on a classic 10)love the new version as u already know. 11) guitar reminds me of egyptian sound somewhat. pink floyd meets tool. 12)beautiful set up and love the offbeat drums. very pretty song. beat go bam-a-lama hahahaah 13)is some dirty south rock. gives me a alice in chains meets some hip hop. very weird but very cool. 14)another upgrade. im still a fan of the original on this one. i'm tainted cause all my own work on this one. 15) great finish. very nice sound. really awesome key work. you used it a great deal more on this album i noticed. i loved just how u really changed ur sound on all the tracks. it was a great experience listening to the album. i very much enjoyed it and i still am.
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