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GEISTERSTADT

Omega Massif

 

Experimental/Post Metal

4.01 | 13 ratings

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chamberry
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4 stars The name says it all.

MASSIVE is the best description I can give to Omega Massif's music. Actually, that's the word I mostly use when talking about Doom Metal bands with their colossal riffs and earthshaking feedbacks. Omega Massif aren't too far away from this description and the only thing different is that they added emotions to it which makes the music a bit more appealing for a wider metal audience (although not wide enough when compared to other bands...).

The album starts off with the loudest bang I've heard in this year's Post-Metal bands (metaphorically speaking, of course) with the opener "In Der Mine" which is easily my choice for the best opener in any metal or related album that I've heard in 2007. In Der Mine may start slow (like all of the songs on the album), but after the 1:50 mark you'll be treated with pummeling riffs and thundering drums that will make you beg for mercy while you head bang to it until your brain falls of your head! Omega Massif then keeps up the energy showing their Shoegazer influences which end up sounding like a climax of some sort only to end up just as it began. This song pretty much sums up what Omega Massif are all about and most of the songs on the album will have, more or less, that same massive sense without repeating the same formula twice. Special mentions goes to "Nebelwand" which is only surpassed by In Der Mine.

The music is instrumental so people who aren't fan of the growling vocals that these bands often use will find the music very enjoyable. Being a Doom Metal fan also helps when listening to the album since the band is closely linked to the genre although it's not a requirement for one to enjoy the band's music. The music is mostly raw and dominant while at the same time being atmospheric. The only downer in the music is that many people will be put-off because of their minimalist nature. Another thing is that the album didn't sounded "complete" to me either by the abrupt ending or because there's something missing in their music that I can't put my finger on. Still I think this is a marvelous effort specially for a debut and fans of Post-Metal would be very pleased with Omega Massif's Geisterstadt

4 stars flat.

chamberry | 4/5 |

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