Omnivore – Omnivore

omnivoreArising from the rotting corpse of the band Nightmare of Fallen and toiling in obscurity since 2011, Italy’s Omnivore have obviously been practicing their instruments in the shadows for this day to arrive, for their eponymous debut is an impressively constructed and executed slab of death thrashing crossover. Omnivore may lack the room ambience and raw buzz in the production department that I like to hear when listening to dark and deadly metal, but the overall dry tone allows every nuance and note to explode from the digital sound spectrum. Gruffly shouted vocals teeter between the death and pissed off thrash worlds and fit the busy, but never oppressive songs for a dated, though effective delivery. Gang yells creep in on “Hypochrist” which I’ll always have mixed feelings about since I am a product of the thrash era and endured all the creative overpopulation and moments of cheesiness it delivered, but this doesn’t take away from the fact that Omnivore is a solid and lethal band that writes with the intent to harm. Imagine Schizophrenia era Sepultura, only more complex with more of a focus on note based riffs in motion, mixed with a Bay Area degree of playfulness in their structures and overall adrenalized delivery. A solid thrash album. No blast beats. -Marty
Unspeakable Axe Records

~ by martyworm on December 18, 2013.

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