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Everything that made NWS a standout offering is present here so there should be no worries on that front from long-time fans. Their atmospheric brand of doomy, proggy melodic death metal has never sounded better. In fact, I do have to complement the artwork in painting a perfect picture of the album. The brighter colors and view of the ocean tides coming in give a serene beauty that the guitars and keys work together to build throughout the disc, yet there is some feel of gloom to the art as well with the omnious clouds hanging about. I'm no art major but I find it interesting and it stands out when compared to the usual "metal" artwork we are all accustomed to.
Omnium Gatherum's biggest strength is their ability to craft absolutely gorgeous melodies that ensnare the listener with their beauty without falling into more 'commercial'-sounding and having enough strength to induce involuntary headbanging. Opening instrumental "Luoto" gives a good forshadowing of the atmosphere to come and draws the disc's biggest similarity to their kinsmen Insomnium. "New Dynamic" then kicks things well into speed with it's thrashy riffing and subsequent slowing into a more progressive, atmospheric, and dare I say, pretty chorus.Read more ›
The art work is tastefully done. Doesn't exactly scream death metal. This here is melodic death metal as it should be done,with a very strong emphasis on melody and atmosphere. The music is at the same time sad and uplifting.Keyboards and subtle guitar harmonies lay down a beautiful atmosphere of melancholy.There is some tremendous guitar work on this albums with some beautiful and sensitive lead melodies.The vocals is mostly harsh and clean singing is used to suit the mood changes of the songs.
Every song is well crafted - dipped in the icy cold waters of some remote Finnish lake, freeze dried in an even icier blast of chilly mountain wind to get your shivers on and finally the rays of the sun peek through from behind dark clouds to give you the warmth you were so longing for - a sense of hope and peace amongst all the despair.I can listen to this album end to end - even the into isn't throwaway. It is a great mood setter to get you into this amazing body of music.My iTunes library lists play counts at over 25 for all songs except -"Nightwalkers" - the only song I can't get into it. Barring that, this album is a masterpiece of melo death and the very best in metal music that I have heard in a long time.
I've probably casually listened to this whole album (all the songs are "listeners") about 15-20 times now, and the songs are ingrained in me even more than they were with NWS. It's the most natural and catchy sounding music, and so well-produced. Some parts are so epic / awesome / bad-a$$ sounding that I'm like, "Wow, this is just fantastic!" This album came up and smacked me on the side of the head after a few listens. Since this album, I'm wondering what I've missed with their pre-NWS stuff. Currently investigating....
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Love this album! Strong vocals, mixed with a progressive sound, the times when the band harmonizes, it's just a beautiful, those who like death metal get this album, those who like... Read morePublished on May 23, 2013 by Alex Thompson
I love this album. Absolutely solid all the way through. "The Unknowning" is what I'd call "beautiful death metal". Read morePublished on April 10, 2013 by Shon
This is a must have for any Melo Death fan. I'm a huge fan of this band and every song on this album is just amazing. Read morePublished on March 28, 2013 by MDM CerealGuy
This is by far the most powerful, diverse, and epic sounding melodic metal out there. The grandeur and scope of each song is so magnificent that you will find your self carried... Read morePublished on March 9, 2013 by Dos Equis