Heralded as the shining prodigy of the new wave of european Death Metal back in 2003, Finland´s OMNIUM GATHERUM have risen to success at moderate speed levels through four albums. On their fifth platter, the band´s musical adventure goes somewhat into a slower and way more epic direction, sometimes almost reaching the atmospheric heights of their neighbours in INSOMNIUM but with more progressive overtones, it´s called Adult Oriented Death Metal, try to get with the times people haha!
The mystic latin monicker, suggesting a gathering of anything and everything, has never been more suiting for these guys, still on a creative high in the songwriting department, yearning to push forward. Massive epics like the transcendental opener “Everfields”, the title track and closer “Deep Cold”, dazzle with celestial Suomi guitar leads, progressive song smithery, melodic Gothenburg riffing and grand atmospheres. “Ego” is basically this album´s “A Shadowkey”, super catchy melodies and almost Power Metal in feel. Although experimentation is definitely a keyword here, “An Infinite Mind” redefines the band´s soundscope once again, I imagine this is how RUSH would´ve sounded like, if they started to flirt with midpaced Extreme Metal.
Adult Oriented Death Metal seems like a spot on description of the current sound of the band. I have to mention the luminous 9 minute opener “Everfields” again; from its slumberous beginning, to the acoustic middle, to the brutal and epic ending, this track defines the adventurous penmanship that has always been a trademark of the band, always evolving. The growls of Jukka Pelkonen are his best yet, now 100% Death Metal instead of his previous bark/shout mix. Now sole guitarist Markus Vanhala displays supernatural potential on his instrument and songwriting skills.
Having Dan Swanø at the production helm... it works! The sound mix is rougher yes, but it´s still a very suiting sound that he´s come up with for the band this time, murky and mystic, plus his guest vocals are crucial elements on tracks like “Deep Cold” and the title track.
The first real contender for album of year 2011 in my opinion, check this out if you´re into Death Metal with experimentation and epic atmospheres!
(Online April 24, 2011)