A combination of melodic sections driven by keyboards and clean soloing and straight-ahead thrash, Omnium Gatherum run the gamut of metal. The first full track ""Into Sea"" covers all of the ground that the band claims to pay homage to in their bio: At the Gates, Katatonia, Death and even Judas Priest. You can hear the vintage tone in the riffing.
The band uses some electronic elements (the breakdown in ""Into Sea,"" the opening to ""Dysnomia"") while staying true to their death metal roots. You have to appreciate the dynamics in the way the songs are structured, some driven by the keyboard, others by riffing and still others, a great combination of the two! There are actually sections of songs that remind me of Devin Townsend while others go into straight thrash and death. There are too many highlights to even mention them all! Each song does something that would need to be mentioned in the review.
Incredible solo's, monster riffs, wicked keyboard atmosphere and some interesting electronic elements make this album a must hear for any fan of melodic death metal! The only detraction on this album is the vocals. While guttural, barking vocals are acceptable within the genre... these are just not very good. To be fair though, any fan of the genre will easily see past them as the music is excellent and worthy of attention. I can't stress enough how good the solos are on this disc. This is yet another consideration for album of the year!
For Fans of: At The Gates, Death and Insomnium