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The most successful Hungarian rock band in history, OMEGA is one of the rare bands to have been known outside in his country. The legend has it that as albums were released in other countries it became necessary to brake the language barrier. Their music is a combination of Eastern European prog with a bit of symphonic and a bit of psyche prog. The result is a dark orchestrated sound combined with extended improvisation. Their discography actually starts in the early 60's, and goes in till today in a more modern register. Several albums were released in Hungarian as well as English. I'd prefer the "accented" English version of the albums. The more so, the music remains the same...

1968 to 1975: OMEGA issued their first Hungarian "Trombitás Frédi és a Rettenetes Emberek" (1968) that became their first golden album. The band sealed their success with two subsequent LPS: "10 000 Lépés" and "Omega 3" / "Éjszakai Országút". Their first releases, such as "Omega 3" / "Éjszakai Országút", "Élö Omega" and "Omega 5" were basically pop rock some very good songs. "200 Years After The Last War" is a brilliant album, solid rock and roll with beautiful ballads.

1976 to 1981: From 1976 to 1981, they released four albums of Progressive Spacey Rock with great arrangements: echoes of PINK FLOYD and ELOY elements. "Time Robber" / "Időrabló", their best work work, is the most commercial with various electronic "space sounds", though "Skrover" / "Csillagok Útján" is probably the most musically diverse. More albums in the similar style followed: "Gammapolis" / "Gammapolisz" and "Working" / "Az Arc".

1981 to today: Afterwards, the band kept the electronic and pop rock genre with bits of Progressive elements. However, the band's 1980s began to show the obvious signs of creative stagnation. Soon after it 13th album, OMEGA disbanded. After 7 years of long silence, the musicians went on to produce a new album in 1995, "Transcendent" / "Trans and Dance". This release is a good album with nice keyboards playing. Also check out their equally superb album .... their latest "Egy Eletre Szol" (1998). Well..., after nearly 40 years OMEGA is still together, they are LEGENDS!

See also: Kisstadion '80 live with LOCOMOTIV GT and BEATRICE

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OMEGA discography


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OMEGA top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.07 | 18 ratings
Omega Red Star From Hungary
1968
2.56 | 32 ratings
Trombitás Frédi és a Rettenetes Emberek (Ω I)
1968
3.56 | 58 ratings
10 000 lépés (Ω II)
1969
3.71 | 37 ratings
Éjszakai Országút (Ω III)
1970
3.03 | 36 ratings
Omega 5 (Ω V)
1973
3.11 | 19 ratings
Omega
1973
3.83 | 52 ratings
Nem Tudom a Neved (Ω VI)
1974
3.91 | 71 ratings
200 Years After The Last War
1974
3.41 | 26 ratings
Omega III
1974
3.90 | 51 ratings
The Hall Of Floaters In The Sky
1975
4.05 | 61 ratings
Time Robber
1976
3.44 | 43 ratings
Idörabló (Ω VII)
1977
3.75 | 44 ratings
Csillagok Útján (Ω VIII)
1978
3.45 | 33 ratings
Skyrover
1978
3.82 | 56 ratings
Gammapolisz (Ω IX)
1979
3.42 | 28 ratings
Gammapolis
1979
3.06 | 22 ratings
Az Arc (Ω X)
1981
2.72 | 9 ratings
Working
1981
2.20 | 19 ratings
Omega XI (Ω XI)
1982
1.86 | 15 ratings
A Föld árnyékos oldalán (Ω XII)
1986
3.04 | 15 ratings
Babylon (Ω XIII)
1987
3.05 | 11 ratings
Trans And Dance (Ω XIV)
1995
2.91 | 15 ratings
Transcendent
1996
2.91 | 17 ratings
200 Évvel az utolsó háború után
1998
1.97 | 7 ratings
Egy életre szól (Ω XV)
1998
2.81 | 17 ratings
Szvit
1999
3.33 | 14 ratings
Égi Jel: Omega (Ω XVI)
2006
3.75 | 11 ratings
Omega Rhapsody
2010
4.50 | 8 ratings
Szimfónia & Rapszódia
2012
4.40 | 10 ratings
Oratórium
2013

OMEGA Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.17 | 22 ratings
Élö Omega (Ω IV)
1972
4.49 | 21 ratings
Élö Omega Kisstadion '79
1979
4.02 | 11 ratings
Live at the Kisstadion
1979
2.44 | 4 ratings
Jubileumi Koncert
1983
3.38 | 4 ratings
Népstadion Omegakoncert No. 1 Vizesblokk
1994
4.67 | 3 ratings
Népstadion Omegakoncert No. 2 Szárazblokk
1994
4.50 | 2 ratings
Az Omega összes koncertfelvétele I.
1995
2.18 | 3 ratings
Az Omega összes koncertfelvétele II.
1995
4.64 | 5 ratings
KONCERt. Népstadion 1999
1999
4.00 | 3 ratings
Napot hoztam, csillagot
2004
4.60 | 5 ratings
Greatest Performances - 50 Years
2012
2.33 | 3 ratings
Oratórium - Adventi koncertek
2014

OMEGA Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.50 | 2 ratings
Jubileumi koncert 1987
1993
4.50 | 4 ratings
KonceRT Népstadion 1999
2000
4.67 | 3 ratings
Koncert Népstadion 1994
2001
4.50 | 2 ratings
A bulik másképpen! (Népstadion 1994/99)
2002
4.50 | 2 ratings
Népstadion 1994 -1999
2002
4.02 | 4 ratings
Szuperkoncert (Nepstadion 2001)
2002
3.23 | 4 ratings
Napot hoztam, csillagot - Omega koncertturné 2004
2004
4.50 | 2 ratings
Jubileumi koncertek
2004
4.00 | 4 ratings
Napot hoztam, csillagot - Koncertturné 2004 (Limited Edition)
2005
4.50 | 2 ratings
Greatest Performances - 50 Years
2012

OMEGA Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.17 | 3 ratings
Omega Ensemble Budapest
1970
4.00 | 4 ratings
Omega
1972
3.79 | 10 ratings
Omega (Sampler)
1975
3.22 | 9 ratings
On Tour
1977
3.76 | 10 ratings
Aranyalbum 1969-1971
1979
4.25 | 4 ratings
Best Of Omega
1980
4.25 | 4 ratings
Best of Omega Vol. II
1981
5.00 | 1 ratings
Legendás kislemezek OMEGA 1967 - 1971
1984
4.50 | 2 ratings
Az Omega összes nagylemeze I (1968-1973)
1987
4.50 | 2 ratings
Platina 1977 - 1987
1988
2.27 | 2 ratings
Az Omega Ősszes Kislemeze 1967-1971
1992
5.00 | 1 ratings
Égi vándor. Az Omega összes nagylemeze II (1974-1981) (5CD)
1993
4.00 | 2 ratings
The best of Omega
1994
4.33 | 3 ratings
Dream
1994
5.00 | 1 ratings
Happy
1994
5.00 | 1 ratings
Heavy
1994
5.00 | 1 ratings
Space
1994
5.00 | 1 ratings
Highlights
1994
3.83 | 6 ratings
Das Deutsche Album
1997
2.79 | 10 ratings
Tűzvihar - Stormy Fire
2001
4.00 | 2 ratings
Titanium 1962 - 2002
2001
4.29 | 7 ratings
Időrabló - Time Robber
2002
3.43 | 5 ratings
Csillagok útján - Skyrover
2002
3.79 | 15 ratings
Gammapolisz / Gammapolis
2002
4.33 | 3 ratings
Omega Antológia 1965-1970
2003
4.67 | 3 ratings
Omega Antológia 1970-1975
2003
4.67 | 3 ratings
Omega Antológia 1975-1980
2003
4.33 | 3 ratings
Omega Antológia 1980-1985
2004
4.33 | 3 ratings
Omega Antológia 1985-2000
2004
4.50 | 4 ratings
The Best of Omega Vol 1. 1965-75
2005
4.50 | 4 ratings
The Best of Omega Vol. 2. 1976-1980
2005
4.00 | 3 ratings
The Best Of Omega Vol 3. 1981-2007
2007
5.00 | 1 ratings
Kiabálj, énekelj! - kislemezek, ritkaságok 1967 - 2006 (Singles and rarities)
2011
5.00 | 1 ratings
Ten Thousand Paces
2011

OMEGA Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

5.00 | 1 ratings
Paint It Black / Bus Stop
1966
5.00 | 1 ratings
Little Man
1966
5.00 | 1 ratings
Sunny
1966
4.00 | 2 ratings
Megbántottál
1967
4.50 | 2 ratings
Ismertem egy lányt
1967
4.00 | 2 ratings
Nem új a nap alatt semmi
1967
5.00 | 1 ratings
Kövek a vízparton
1967
4.00 | 2 ratings
Azt mondta az anyukám
1967
5.00 | 1 ratings
Volt egy bohóc
1968
5.00 | 1 ratings
Trombitás Frédi
1968
5.00 | 1 ratings
Kiabálj, énekelj
1968
5.00 | 1 ratings
Ovi-Beat
1968
5.00 | 1 ratings
Pearls In Her Hair / The Bird
1969
5.00 | 1 ratings
Naplemente
1969
5.00 | 1 ratings
Pearls In Her Hair (Japan)
1970
5.00 | 1 ratings
Sötét a város
1970
5.00 | 1 ratings
Régvárt kedvesem
1971
4.05 | 2 ratings
Perlen im Haar
1973
4.09 | 2 ratings
Pearls In Her Hair / The Lying Girl
1973
5.00 | 1 ratings
Everytime she steps in
1974
2.27 | 2 ratings
Live as Long As / Spanish Guitar
1974
2.33 | 3 ratings
A könyvelö álma
1976
5.00 | 1 ratings
Petróleumlámpa
1977
5.00 | 1 ratings
Skyrover (promo single)
1978
2.27 | 2 ratings
Rush Hour / Lady Of The Summer Night
1979
5.00 | 1 ratings
Miss World
1994
5.00 | 1 ratings
Break The Chain / Tower of Babel
1996
3.10 | 2 ratings
Tower of Babel
2004
5.00 | 1 ratings
Meghívás
2006

OMEGA Reviews


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 200 Years After The Last War by OMEGA album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.91 | 71 ratings

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200 Years After The Last War
Omega Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Progfan97402

4 stars I don't have a whole lot of Omega albums in my collection, probably due to my local record stores don't stock them too often. I often wonder if it's just lack of any Hungarians or Americans of Hungarian descent living in Oregon that has a lot to do with it. Probably. I could just as easily go online and buy them. I did find a copy of 200 Years After the Last War at a Eugene record store, a German copy on Bacillus, naturally, and it's by far the best album I have ever heard from them. Two songs are English language remakes of stuff from Omega 5: Szvit, that is "Suite" and "You Don't Know". "Suite" is a side-length suite, hence the name, and while the original is still great, they improved by the presences of Mellotron instead of real strings. So it ends up sounding a bit like the Moody Blues meets Uriah Heep. The more calm moments remind me of the Moody Blues, the more heavy moments, with Laszo Benko giving some heavily fuzzed organ (in the Jon Lord and Ken Hensley tradition) gives the Heep reminder. Then you have the original "Nem Tudom a Neved" called "Help to Find Me" (the Hungarian language version later appeared in 1975 on Omega 6: Nem Tudom a Neved). This is another great song, particularly dig the extended creative synth solo. The title track is English language version of a song from an album they were doing around 1972 that was never released at the time (opinion being that the communist censors rejected it, the other was due to Gabor Presser's departure for Locomotiv GT). name escaped me. This album was their second Western recording, and I have to say this is great stuff, and a great place to start if you don't know Omega.

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 Omega by OMEGA album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1972
4.00 | 4 ratings

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Omega
Omega Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by KenFrankenstein

4 stars Wow! Look at the cover art! What kind of drugs was the artist on? I picked this up at some kind of flea market in West Germany in 1977 or 1978. To be quite honest I think that everyone was on weird drugs that I didn't want to know about.

The album is a compilation of Hungarian language songs prior to their first English language on the Bellaphon label in early 1973. it may appear strange to non-Hungarian speakers but if you are into 60s psychedelia go for this diamond in the rough. Not sure if it is available on CD but if you are a vinyl junkie get this one. You might love it or hate it but give it a few listens and find out what was rocking and rolling behind the iron Curtain when guys like Jean Le Carre and Len Deighton were writing cold war spy novels.

Worth seeking out.

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 Nem Tudom a Neved (Ω VI) by OMEGA album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.83 | 52 ratings

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Nem Tudom a Neved (Ω VI)
Omega Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by apps79
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3 stars Entering 1975 Omega would get back on track with their regular releases for the Hungarian market, which were released via the Pepita label.Following an extremely prolific period the next album to come was ''Omega 6-Nem tudom a neved''.This was again a collection of tracks, which were also displayed in a number of English albums with slightly different titles, this time though they would make up for a work sung entirely in Hungarian.

Mid-70's was definitely the band's most incosistent period, the collection of different sounds resulted an uneven album, where apparently there was no particular direction.Seeing this one as a collections of pieces, ''Nem tudom a neved'' is a pretty decent album with Benko now focusing on the sound of synthesizer for his keyboard parts.It becomes clearly that the very short tracks follow a Hard Rock vein with straight riffing, some bluesy influences and even some 60's Psych/Pop leftovers in the vocal parts, while the lengthy cuts have much more to offer.For example the title track is still grounded in a Hard Rock enviroment, but the sharp sound of synth flashing and the occasional entries on spacious moods adds some sort of diversity to this piece, while ''A buvesz'' has a certain Teutonic vibe akin to ELOY with its slow guitar moves.The 3-min. ''Az egben lebegok csarnoka'' is a welcome suprise, a laid-back smooth delivery with symphonic keyboards and harsichord in the process in a romantic climate, supported by excellent vocals.''Mozgo vilag'' is beautiful, a melancholic approach on Teutonic Prog akin to NOVALIS and GUILDENSTERN with big time orchestral keyboards and strings and heavy yet crying guitars.Same goes for ''Huszadik szazadi varoslako'', which is less symphonic but equally progressive with the soft guitar lines, the odd synth lines and the harsichord meeting the poetic vocals and an emotional atmosphere.

As close as it gets to the German scene, an amalgam of Teutonic-like sounds with spacious keyboards, hard guitars and underground symphonic overtones, held down by a few forgettable Hard Rock tunes.The progressive tracks though are pretty enganging and the album is easily recommended.

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 Élö Omega Kisstadion '79 by OMEGA album cover Live, 1979
4.49 | 21 ratings

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Élö Omega Kisstadion '79
Omega Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by LearsFool
Collaborator Post/Math Rock Team

5 stars In my humble opinion, this is simply the greatest live album of all time. How could this unseat the great prog live collections, and the non-prog greats such as "Stupidity", "Land Speed Record", "Frampton Comes Alive!", the Allman's "At Fillmore East", even "At Folsom Prison"? The main secret, much like that of Cash's great live record, is the audience. Turns out the best live LPs have the best audiences. Here, thousands of Magyar fans of the great Omega turned out to the Kisstadion in Budapest to hear their favourite band live and loud, and for most of the concert they sang along! Only Freddie Mercury could better drum up a stadium than Omega. And Omega, on top of that, just play smashingly. They take their wonderful studio material and ramp up the skill and wonder to the levels of Yes, Genesis, and ELP when they played live. The whole opening sequence just inundates the Kisstadion and modern listeners in some of the very best of prog, magical stuff that swallows one whole into a fantastic musical world. This stands as one of the greatest guitar statements. Just excellent, just wonderful, get the original Magyar nyelv version and prepare to listen to the lost sibling to "Yessongs", "Seconds Out", and "Solar Music Live".

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 Idörabló (Ω VII) by OMEGA album cover Studio Album, 1977
3.44 | 43 ratings

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Idörabló (Ω VII)
Omega Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by GruvanDahlman
Prog Reviewer

3 stars i really dig eastern European prog from the 1970's and 80's. It holds something very unique and that is saying something, being that the societies the bands lived in certainly wasn't all to comfortable allowing western influnces in music or culture. Depraved and what not. I think that Poland and the former Czech republic is the two countries responsible for the best efforts in eastern Europe and even internationally some of the bands held a very high standard of music. Certainly there are other great bands aswell, coming from other parts, but maybe not to the same degree. Omega is from Hungary and I have been trying to break into their musical realm many times but I can't seem to breach their walls. That makes me sad, actually.

Idörablo is from 1977 and sports a great cover in blue-ish tone, which for some reason makes me think of L'isola di niente by PFM. The music is nothing like it though. Omega sounds in places like Eloy but mostly they have a very orginal approach and identity. You can't, whatever your feelings, accuse them of not sounding like themselves. The problem is rather that it is not that good. The first three tracks (one on my disc) has some moments of greatness with soaring keyboards and spacey motives. For the most part this can not be said of the track as a whole. It is rather lacklustre and I find it even to be sort of substandard.

The only track I really enjoy and keep listening to is Nélküled. That track is fantastic. Spacey, emotive and warm. I really dig that one. Apart from that the remaining tracks fall short. They fail in capturing me.

However, though the music flies over my head for the most part I must give them credit for creating something of their own. It is all very well played and performed but just like the fancy chocolate box bought on the cheap turns out to contain something else than high quality fillings, you feel sort of cheated on the whole thing. (Does that make sense?)

I will reward this album with three stars based on Nélküled, the effort and the fact that there is something here I don't understand.

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 Omega III by OMEGA album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.41 | 26 ratings

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Omega III
Omega Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Omega started making attempts to reach a wider audience and Bacillus supported the band by releasing the ''Omega III'' album in 1974.Reputedly this album, which contains 9 tracks sung in English, included older compositions of the group, re-arranged by the band with English lyrics.

Stylistically this is rather a step back for the band, which returns to its Hard Rock roots, quite reasonable for a band, which revisits its older material.Compositionally though ''Omega III'' is a pretty strong album, even if the progressive flavors are limited.Tight, well-produced and powerful Hard Rock with occasional symphonic/proggy vibes and fantastic work on English vocals by Janos Kobor.Actually they sound extremely close to British bands, especially URIAH HEEP, dropping hard riffing next to dymanic and diverse keyboard parts full of passion and energy.As aforementioned, most of the tracks are straightforward Hard Rock with great guitar moves, edgy solos and lots of keyboard waves next to Kobor's great voice.A few of them though really stand out.''Remembering'' is a very good piece of Classic/Prog Rock in the vein of URIAH HEEP and THE MOODY BLUES with a nice organ intro, irritating Mellotron parts and melodic guitar soloing by Gyorgy Molnar.''I go away'' is quite close to Classical Rock with psychedelic beats, highlighted by a beautiful opening organ themes by Benko and another monumental guitar performance by Molnar.''Spanish guitar'' is another winner.Accesible, consistent and solid Classic Rock with background Mellotrons and a fine combination of electric and acoustic textures.

This is an album closer to the likes of Classic Rock than Progressive Rock fans.Even so, its high level of energy, consistent compositions and Benko's amazing voice are good reasons to give this a spin.Warmly recommended.

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 Omega by OMEGA album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.11 | 19 ratings

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Omega
Omega Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by BORA

4 stars Quite a gem!

Strangely, I've been familiar with these songs since my childhood in Hungary, largely due to the excellent 1972 live album "Elo Omega", but only in recent times I've heard the studio versions. It's almost like hearing them with a set of fresh ears as the arrangements in the studio are richer, more rounded, partly due to the added lashes of sweeping mellotron work.

In 1971 the band lost two key members who became part of the first Hungarian "supergroup" LOCOMOTIV GT. Surprisingly, it has become a win-win situation for both bands. Back then, OMEGA was barely more than a Teeny-Pop band. Replacing only their lost drummer, the band had drastically changed course and embraced a Hard-Rock/Psychedelic approach.

This album heralds the beginning of their "Floydian" period, representing a virtually instant transformation. The tracks here appear as if Deep Purple meets Pink Floyd around 1972 to quite an enjoyable effect. Relatively coarse Rock blended with intelligent Space material. The longer, closing track "Magical White Stone" is a perfect illustration and remains an outstanding number in general Prog music.

I quite enjoyed this studio version and with the exception of one, or two tracks, I'd have no problem with recommending this album to DP, PF, or Eloy fans.

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 The Hall Of Floaters In The Sky by OMEGA album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.90 | 51 ratings

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The Hall Of Floaters In The Sky
Omega Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by stefro
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Hungary's premier rock group, Omega have incredibly featured the same five-man line-up since 1971(!). They have issued both English-language and Hungarian-language albums over the years, in the process originating from humble late-sixties beat-and-psych origins to, by the mid-seventies, fully-fledged progressive rock concept album creators. The most successful of all Hungarian rock and pop groups, and even finding an audience abroad, Omega's lengthy career simply can't be summed up in a paragraph or two, their output prodigious in the extreme. Issued in 1975, 'The Hall Of Floaters In The Sky' is premium Omega circa their progressive phase, a good place to start for the curious and a wonderful example of full-steam-ahead symphonic-style prog done European-style yet obviously heavily influenced by the likes of Yes, Genesis and even Todd Rundgren's Utopia. Featuring plenty of jagged synthesizer blasts, topped-up with metallic guitars, burnished with gritty English vocals and filled with enough instrumental invention to make most mid-seventies rock groups blush with envy, this is a truly remarkable album, though don't expect any cultural Hungarian tweaks or traditional East European folk-or-zydeco influences; this is harsh, hard and energetic music filled with catchy melodies and some fiendishly inventive solo's from the groups five-man line-up. Being from 1975, it leans more towards the electronic- sounding production that would arrived with the 1980's, though a 1970's sensibility still lurks amongst the album's six entrancing tracks. Best of all are 'Magician', which powers up via some muscular guitar histrionics courtesy of axeman Gyorgy Molnar, and the eight-minute closer '20th Century Town Dweller', which balances shimmering synth lines with throbbing basses and some truly chest-thumping percussion licks. Whether this is a good example of the work of Omega in general is a good question; this critic, although a fan of 'The Hall Of Floaters In The Sky', is in no position to answer as much of the group's work is simply inaccessible to Western audiences. That said though, if their other 'key' albums of the 1960's and 1970's are anything like this impressive opus then Omega must be one hell of a group. This is tough, creative and classy progressive rock and fans of all types of the genre are urged to investigate immediately. And what about that cover art. Hungary eh? Who'd have thought... STEFAN TURNER, STOKE NEWINGTON, 2013

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 200 Years After The Last War by OMEGA album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.91 | 71 ratings

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200 Years After The Last War
Omega Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Definitely the most important Hungarian rock band with fans outside the country even in the 70's,releasing albums both in English and Hungarian.Formed in 1962 in Budapest by guitarist/singer János Kóbor and keyboardist László Benkö,they initially covered English titles before the arrival of new keyboardist Gábor Presser in 1967.Presser was a composing machine and the band started to record its first few albums.Until 1970 they released no less than four works in the Psychedelic Rock field with some Hard Rock leanings.Presser along with drummer József Laux decided to leave Omega to form Locomotiv GT and on the new line-up Kobor was the singer,Benko the main keyboardist along with Ferenc Debreceni on drums,Tamás Mihály on bass and György Molnár on guitars.The sound of the band started to become more artistic and after two albums (''Omega'' and ''Omega 5'' from 1973),the break took place in 1974 with ''200 Years After the Last War''.

Side A is totally dedicated to the 19-min. virgin epic of the band ''Suite''.This is an eclectic mix of Hard Rock,Blues,ELOY-ish Psychedelic Rock and Classic Prog and a very good reason to purchase the album,with the classical education of Benko being a major element of the sound.The track contains plenty of shifting moods and mellow breaks between guitar- driven passages with hard-rocking and bluesy riffing and keyboard-based themes with magnificent organ and mellotron and a high level of dynamics from start to end.Vocals were never the strong point of the band,but fit well with the overall atmosphere.The result is a very strong composition with various influences and some really exciting parts.

Side B shows the band insisting on the more simplistic but certainly strong style of their previous albums.''Help to find me'' is a powerful heavy rock number with a pounding groove in the vein of DEEP PURPLE but also some great moog-synth work to be heard in the middle part and towards the end.The eponymous track starts very country-flavored,it has strong psychedelic elements,some decent jazzy guitars but it is by far the weakest track of the album and sounds rather dated for today's standards.The closing ''You Don't Know'' finds the band again in the DEEP PURPLE vein with Benko having a very JON LORD-style of organ playing and a very BEATLES-que vocal section.The track is again powerful,energetic,groovy but also too simple-structured compared to side A.

''200 Years After the Last War'' marked the end of an era and the start of a new age for Omega,with the band following the prog fashion of the period.The talent, education and skills of the members were enough to flirt with the style anf if you like your Hard Rock with plenty of progressive moves,this album is a great contender of being part of your collection.Recommended.

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 Tower of Babel by OMEGA album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2004
3.10 | 2 ratings

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Tower of Babel
Omega Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by NotAProghead
Special Collaborator Errors & Omissions Team

3 stars The album "Transcendent" with English lyrics in my opinion suffered badly because of Edwin Balogh's lead vocals. He is a competent singer, but for me OMEGA always associated with the voice of János Kóbor. On ''Tower of Babel'' single the band made a good trick - vocal duties are shared equally between two singers. János Kóbor has recognizable timbre, while Edwin has better English pronunciation. As a result the record sounds like OMEGA and without noticeable accent.

Selection of songs is also good. The title track (originally called ''Babylon'' on 1987 album) and ''Tide Will Turn'' (English version of ''Fekete pillangó'' from ''Omega XII'') are among the best OMEGA songs from the 80s. ''Break the Chain'' and ''Tomorrow'' are the most memorable songs from "Transcendent". Hardly essential, but nice record.

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