ALBUM: Omnium Gatherum -“Beyond”
LABEL: Lifeforce Records
GENRE: Melodic Death Metal
RATING: 4.0 / 10
The OG has been around since 1996 but their album debut waited until 2003. From then on these Finns have released five albums, making “Beyond” their sixth. The word on the web has been kind, until now.
I first heard about “Beyond” on one of those blogs/websites that rave about every goddamn album that comes out. It is becoming really annoying to follow such sites, and while the preview I read did make this album sound very interesting, I didn’t seek it out. Now, I’m glad I didn’t spend any money on it, because this is nowhere near as good as I thought it would be. I’m even starting to question my fondness for Insomnium since what makes them good is what makes Omnium Gatherum… mediocre.
The down-tuned chugga chugga riffing is boring as hell, and it has been long since I reacted to a singer being so uninspiring. The growls just don’t have any nuances at all. Omnium Gatherum, or rather “Beyond” – since I haven’t listened to the band at all before this album, works best when the singer-dude shuts the hell up.
The Finns actually managed to make a good instrumental first track, as opposed to a horrible intro, but as it turns out, that instrumental song is the best track on the whole album. And that’s all because of the growling. Overall, the parts I like best are the solos, the leads and riffs on the higher frets (check out “The Sonic Sign” for a nice display on that) and when the guitars are dubbed by keyboards. So, musically we are mostly in the clear for the album has a lot of those. It’s even beautiful at times. But the vocals…
Melodic death metal (and some heavy/power metal) is what made me a metal fan in the beginning, so I guess I really should like this for what it is. A few spins of the album made the initial total let-down crumble, but not entirely disappear. I have already begun jotting down a few titles for the December round-up of the best albums of 2013. “Beyond” will not make it into that list.
Review by: MJ