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This review is from: Omen (Audio CD)
My copy of Omen arrived this morning and I've only had a chance to listen to it a few times, so maybe this review's a bit premature! But I just wanted to balance out the opinions on here with a more positive review. If I decide I hate it in a few days time, I'll try and edit!
Unlike alot of people, I didn't really get Conquer, Soulfly's last album. It seemed to me to be all thrash without any real 'musicality'. Although I like heavier music, just bashing out disjointed riffs that don't actually sound that good seems pointless. For me, Soulfly's best album was the one before Conquer, Dark Ages. So after reading the previous two reviews, saying this was worse than Conquer, I didn't expect much from Omen. However I've been really pleasantly surprised - and in my opinion this is Soulfly's strongest release to date. It's closer to Dark Ages than Conquer - there's more melody behind the riffs. It's still got some of the heaviness of Conquer but paired with better song writing. Also, it's more consistent than Dark Ages was, without the slightly hit-and-miss experimentation that marred some of the tracks. Stand out tracks for me are the single, Rise of the Fallen and track 4, Lethal Injection. I totally agree with the other reviews though that lyrics have never been Soulfly's strength. Which is strange because the lyrics on old Sepultura (Cavelera's famous previous band) were pretty decent.
I bought the special edition Omen. I haven't had a chance to watch the bonus DVD but the extra tracks on the first CD are pretty good. I wouldn't say they made the special ed a 'must buy' though.
Whenever I read a good review amoungst mostly bad reviews I tend to assume it's a deluded fan boy who can't accept that an album's rubbish. But honestly, I was all ready to totally slate this album. But I genuinely reckon this is a good album by any standards. It seems to have polarised opinions a bit though so you might want to go to roadrunner's website, where you can stream the whole standard edition of Omen for free. Then you can decide for yourself!
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Initial post: 15 Nov 2010 18:04:29 GMT
Mr. H. C. R. Allen says:
Just thought i'd add that, having listened to Conquer loads more since writing this review, I now see what everyone was raving about - it *is* Soulfy's best cd i reckon. I still think Omen's a really good album though.
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