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Power of Omens


Progressive Metal

3.89 | 20 ratings

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3 stars 3.5 really

One of the unfairly little known progressive metal act from USA is Power of Omens. With two albums under the bels, Power of Omens never gained much attention in prog metal circles despite the absolutely killer musicianship, often to the extreme complexity of their music. Their first album appeared in 1998 named Eyes of the oracle, and is the best from the two. As I said the duels between musicins is awesome, the arrangements are highly complicated but also in parts the melodic lines are well crafted and arranged. This type of prog metal needs more then one spin, very demanding and complex with lots of changes in tempo. The vocal lines are clean and powerful, Chris Salinas is one hell of a great vocalist, he manage to have some jaw dropping moments here. The album is quite lenghty almost 75 min of music, maybe little to long, some listners find it monoton after some repeted listnings. The music is a combination of Fates Warning (Perfect symmetry era), Queensryche in vocal departement + with a doze of jazzy interplays here and there all puted in dark atmosphere. Forte pieces, kinda all, no really weak moments , only that sometimes even I'm a big fan of prog metal the band is taking to far with complexity moves losing in melodic zone a lot. Fans of Spiral Architect and aformentiond bands from above will like this album as I deed, but beware this is not another prog metal out there, is unique and intresting in same time.

b_olariu | 3/5 |


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