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OMNIO

In The Woods...

 

Experimental/Post Metal

4.10 | 126 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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5 stars The soundscapes provided on this album are melancholic, dark, heavy, tormented, atmospheric and at times heartbreakingly beautiful.

"299 796 km/s" opens with violin and the heaviness is not far behind. Dual vocals come in as the song speeds up.There is a female soprano vocal melody before it gets pastoral again with violin (like intro). There is some mind bending guitar as well as some wondrous vocals from Synne. She can sing so beautifuly and yet sound so tortured at the same time.The throbbing bass is great and so is the heaviness 14 minutes in. This song somehow can draw out my emotions. "I am Your Flesh" opens with blazing guitar, vocals and heavy riffs from the get go. It slows down 80 seconds in before accelerating again with screaming guitar, upfront bass and pounding drums.This contrast continues from atmospheric to very powerful. Amazing ! "Kairos !" is the shortest with heavy guitars and those beautiful female vocals. Nice drumming on this one as well. "Weeping Willow" has such a great guitar melody then it gets heavy again of course. Some keys in this one as the melody speeds up. The sound becomes punishingly heavy as bass and drums lead the way 6 minutes in. The sound continues to be crushing with some scorching guitar solos. Nice. Great song !

The final suite "Omnio ?" is over 26 minutes long and is divided into 3 parts. It starts with "Omnio ?(pre)" as the guitars, violin and vocals lead the way. The song starts to build quickly 3 1/2 minutes in and explodes with drums and a scathing guitar solo. More great guitar to follow and unearthly vocals. The sound 9 minutes in is ecstacy to my ears. More incredible bass. "Omnio ?(bardo)" has this experimental, spacey synth intro. Drums and guitar follow at a slow pace but they start to build as the spacey soundscape continues ! Holy crap ! Unbelievable ! "Omnio ?(post)" opens with mellow piano and female vocals as sound increases. Male vocals and heavy riffs follow. Things quiet down as reserved male vocals are joined by spacey synths. Some scorching guitar as sound speeds up to the end of the song. What a ride ! Let's do it again !

This is essential and I can guarantee if you liked GREEN CARNATION's debut then you'll love this one too. Actually the Botteri brother's and the female singer Synne from IN THE WOODS... were all part of that first GREEN CARNATION album called "Journey To The End Of The Night" from 2000. IN THE WOODS... last studio record came out in 1999 "Strange In Stereo" and then these three became part of GREEN CARNATION for one album only. I confess to have a rooted interest in Norwegian music as my family history goes way back to Norway via Scotland. And I will say again, the music from this album will draw out of your heart and soul things you may not have felt in a long time. An emotional masterpiece !

Mellotron Storm | 5/5 |

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