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  • Original Release Date: May 21, 2010
  • Release Date: May 21, 2010
  • Label: Roadrunner Records
  • Copyright: 2010 The All Blacks B.V.
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  • Total Length: 40:34
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  • ASIN: B003LVVZA4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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As a long-time Sepultura fan this could have been an album of theirs.
Todd C Welker
Suffice it to say, it is one excellent and epic melodic solo, and one that provides a strong contrast between it and its brutal surroundings.
A. Stutheit
In the same line as the last 2 albums which is definitely a good thing.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Hill TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 25, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I picked up the special edition, so this goes for the cd (I'll get to the DVD later). For Soulfly, this is another high-quality album that stays consistent with their others while trimming down some of the extra elements. The songs are very good thrash/groove with good musicianship. The most positive things about Omen are:

--many of the songs incorporate more melody than a lot of Soulfly's stuff. This gives a few of the songs a classic, 80's metal feel but in a modern way, a trend that a lot of metal bands are onto now. I'm glad Max keeps his sound current while staying true to his "roots."

--the first song has no intro whatsoever; it immediately bludgeons you with some of Max's harshest vocals I've heard. The second half of the song is the first sign of more melody in Soulfly's sound.

--the songs Kingdom, Vulture Culture, Mega-Doom, and Counter Sabotage. I like the spoken parts in Mega-Doom, and Kingdom and Counter Sabotage are probably the most fresh-sounding songs on the album (IMO). Vulture Culture is just an awesome hardcore/thrash song.

--Soulfly VII is very surprising, and very cool. I won't spoil how, but it differs noticeably from other Soulfly instrumentals.

--the lyrics are somewhat better than on the last couple of albums, which were very repetitive and simple.

My only complaints would be that a few songs seem to end abruptly, rather than naturally progress to a conclusion. Also, two songs, Jeffrey Dahmer and Off With Their Heads (songs 6 and 7) are pretty average for Soulfly. Having them right in the middle lessens the momentum just a bit. And lastly, Soulfly's sound is definitely not as diverse as it used to be.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael on June 11, 2010
Format: Audio CD
When Conquer came out in 2008, I was floored. Not like I wasn't floored by other Soulfly albums. That one was one of the most listened to out of some others I own. Now we have the followup Omen, which was co-produced by ex-Soulfly and ex-Machine Head guitarist Logan Mader (Cavalera Conspiracy, Divine Heresy). For starters, there's no intro to ease you in. Soon as you press play, instant insanity all the way through until the Soulfly instrumental. Where Conquer had more thrash and death metal influences, this is basically a hardcore punk album with some thrash scattered about. Nothing wrong with that as these influences are evident in other records Max Cavalera has done. Unlike other Soulfly albums, which typically go over 50 minutes, this one is the shortest at around 40 minutes. For some that may feel that the album is over too quick once they're done listening, that's where the special edition comes in. The three bonus cover tracks push it over 50 minutes, and they're great ones as Max's sons Zyon and Igor (not Max's brother) had performed drums on two of them. My favorite, of course, is the "Refuse/Resist" cover which sounds just like how Soulfly plays it live, and if you haven't heard it, it's very similar to the original Sepultura version. The best part is the bonus dvd. Those that own the Conquer special edition will kind of have an idea how the dvd is set up: you get a full live show and one music video. This time, the show was filmed at the famous With Full Force festival in Germany in 2009. The setlist on the other dvd was really good, but I think I like the one on here more. They kind of teased a little bit by playing an abbreviated version of "Sanctuary" by Cavaera Conspiracy rather than the full song, but it was still killer.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Stutheit on August 30, 2013
Format: Audio CD
The seventh album from Max Cavalera and the gang, 2010's "Omen," is a weighty metal feast with a lot to sink your teeth into, as it is beefed up by truckloads of killer riffs, memorable solos, and anthemic vocals. Bobby Burns and Joe Nunez comprise the rhythm section, and thoroughly fill up the bottom end with fat bass and brutal drumming that could chip concrete. But again, it is the guitar work that mainly dominates the maelstrom throughout these twelve songs, because Max and Marc (Rizzo) come up with some of the absolute best and most acrobatic guitar shredding of their careers. Needless to say, "Omen" often evokes old-school Sepultura (i.e. the "Arise"-era) only with more melody in the solos. How fitting it is, then, for Igor Cavalera (Max's brother) to have a cameo on this album.

No, this album is not Soulfly's most interesting or groundbreaking affair (2004's "Prophecy" takes the cake for that department). And yes, one could argue the case for it being kind of one-dimensional and at times even monochromatic. But such flaws are extremely easy to overlook when you hear just one of the songs, and all of the insane and instantly satisfying guitar work that abounds in it. And besides, there might not exactly be numerous different layers or any clean vocals (whatsoever), here, but there is just enough melody to make the arrangements memorable.

The album bulldozes out of the starting gate with all guns blazing, as "Bloodbath & Beyond" is a scorching and uncompromisingly brutal death-thrash melee with whiplash-inducing speed, Max's Phil Anselmo-esque hardcore-inflected barks. Plenty of thunderous double-time drum thrashing and blistering twin-guitar soloing are included, here, too.
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