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Musically good and very fun!!
on 7 April 2012
I've read on forums that many people have problems with this album mostly due to their expectations, some are Dream Theater fans that expected the album to be progressive metal, others are Symphony X fans that wanted awesome guitar solos like the ones Michael Romeo plays, or people who expected something more technical and complex considering that Mike Portnoy and Russell Allen are in the band. I saw a similar reaction from people when Slash released his solo album last year (and AMAZING album, but people wanted it to be Guns N Roses).
If you have that kind of expectations you might be somewhat dissapointed, but if you can accept and respect a musicians freedom to play what he wants, then you'll probably like the album a lot.
I do have every Dream Theater album and dvd (they're my favorite band), and I also have a few Symphony X albums among other progressive metal albums because that's my favorite style of music, but that doesn't mean I don't enjoy A LOT bands like Disturbed, Pantera or Rammstein, music doesn't have to be complex to be good, and it's obvious that the musicians on this album are all very capable even if they wanted to make something more mainstream just for fun.
Omerta has above average soaring vocals, good riffs, entertaining guitar solos that serve the music well, and it's the kind of album that you can listen to and enjoy greatly while doing homeworks, working out, surfing the web, etc. It's NOT an album to listen to it dozens of times discovering new layers and sounds, but it's one album you can listen to lots of times for the pleassure of fast adrenaline injected metal.
The songs Undaunted, Indifferent and All on the Line should give you a very good overall idea of what the albums sounds like (probably the 3 best songs from the album if you ask me), but pretty much all the songs are good enough so that you don't want to skip any of them (Come Undone and the ballad Angel Sky are highlisghts too), so just listen to them on Youtube and if you like them go ahead and give the album a chance.
In short, Omertá is a fun metal album with powerful yet melodical and "mainstream" vocals and choruses, effective and bitting riffs, decent guitar solos, and nice drumming (Portnoy shines on the song Down to the Floor).