Unspeakable Axe Records
Merely 2 years after the band’s formation, Italy’s death/thrash metal horde Omnivore was put on hold. Fortunately, this wasn’t until a deal was done with Unspeakable Axe Records, and here we are with the debut full length release of Omnivore, their self-titled and only studio material available to-date.
The melodic, instrumental Intro track is rather deceitful in presenting the band’s style of music to the listener, and once Dead hits the listener, one instinctively knows that he is in for one hell of a high-octane, intense journey. The riffs of Josh and Pol, along with the speed, courtesy of drummer Ste all help in making Omnivore an extremely frantic album. The speed and aggression that is exhibited in the band especially reminds one of classics such as Sadus and Morbid Saint, what with the usage of gang vocals on tracks like Hypochrist to give the album that extra bit of muscle. The barking vocals of Pol are also extremely charming, and reminds me of the works of more recent bands such as Diamond Plate and their sharp, Bay Area-inspired thrash metal, especially on songs like Trust. Also notable is in the lead guitar works on the album, often keeping up with the speed of the album yet having that melodic touch in them, displaying the mastery of the instruments of the guitarists.
But the thing that is the most charming about Omnivore is in the overall tone and feel that the band manages to emanate on their debut. The raw tone and unpolished production quality of the band even brings in that nice 80s/early 90s touch to the band’s music, and Omnivore would sit comfortably amongst the ranks of the death/thrash bands of the era.
The horror aesthetics are also rather heavily prominent throughout the album, not only in the usage of the more melodic passages but also the dark and heavy cloud that shrouds the music on the album as well. There are also the usage of spoken samples like on Dead that help to reinforce such a chilling atmosphere as well, and though the spoken parts on the intro of Hypochrist might be slightly funny, there is still that overall dark tone. The instrumental interlude Nothing More than Dust also brings in some rather melancholic moments, a nice break from the chaos and intensity thus far.
The included cover of Sepultura‘s Arise is also worth looking out for, perhaps the best Arise cover since Havok presented their version of the track.