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Fronted by Samoth, best known for his work with Emperor and Zyklon, OMINOUS is the latest chapter in this artist’s metallic quest. The 12-tracks that comprise the album take curious avenues to hammer their point into your skull, juxtaposing tough guy metalcore breakdowns with technically sound arctic black metal blasts (“Of Men and Wolves”) as well as riding a Pantera meets Sepultura groove metal train from time to time (“Fleshbomb”). This album’s unexpected variations indicate a sense of trying too hard to be current and seem insincere, furthermore lumping this talented unit as an ordinary and indistinguishable entity despite the obvious pedigree and majestic black metal excellence peppered within (“The Armageddonist”).
- Mike SOS