OMEN – Warning Of Danger 10 points Hawk.
That would say it all basically, no? Well, would be a bit too short. OK, OMEN came into being after guitarist Kenny Powell left SAVAGE GRACE (to be heard on their “Dominatress” EP). As their (SAVAGE GRACE) main man, Chris Logue, only pushed his own song ideas, our Kenny did not really have much of a choice than to start his own band.
The first three OMEN long players all are an important part of E.V.E.R.Y. Power Metal collection, whereas I prefer the second work. Why? Simply because the hymns are a good bit more melodic. No matter, which song you listen into, you won’t find one bad note, everything from the best. OMEN back then had been the perfect link between JUDAS PRIEST and METALLICA. Hammers like the fast and straight forward “Termination”, the measured “Hell’s Gate”, introduced by extremely strong guitar and bass solos, culminating in a phenomenal chorus, the equally strong title track with the incredible vocal acrobatics of killer singer J.D. Kimball (R.I.P.) or the balladesque starting “Don’t Fear The Night”, which then is turning into a straight Rocker, you just have to know, otherwise you have really missed something in your life.
The only really shitty thing is that some record labels just don’t manage to bring the song list into the right order. But find out for yourselves, which song belongs where, it’s easy. Also a pity that the CD re-release doesn’t have any lyrics (the vinyl has them). In any way, fat 10 points. (Online May 17, 2004)