Ominum Gatherum – Spirits and August Light

up_032904_omnnium-gatherumEven thought the melodic Swedish death gene is present in “Spirits and August Light”, Finland’s Omnium Gatherum truly create so much more depth and innovation than this minor influence could ever offer. A sharp guitar sound chews through strong harmonies that load on the hook dominant catchiness and an almost prog metal level of riff work. This is all made even more unshakable from the bands subtle synth lines that flow in and bloat a good share of these tracks with a gripping breath of life. The solo work is equally tasteful and adds to the urgency of some tracks, or the mournful refrain of others. Thankfully the vocals remain harsh and envenomed as Antti Filppu effortlessly pours his suffering into every mood portrayed on this album. Great production and 9 tracks of some of the most promising modern death metal (for lack of a better descriptive term) I’ve heard in some time. The elegant guitar work really adds that vibrant flair to “Spirits and August Light”. – Marty


~ by martyworm on January 3, 2009.

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