Omnium Gatherum – New World Shadows (2011)

Posted: February 4, 2011 in Music

If there’s one thing I’ve noticed about bands from Finland (or that general area of the world) is that they like to really elaborate with their music. In other words, they’re rarely straight forward. In the states, the majority of our metal bands are fast, furious, and to the point. Go overseas, however, and you’ll find bands that actually create a world around each song. While not as in depth as some of the other Fins I’ve heard, Omnium Gatherum do carry this tradition.

The main problem here is that their vocalist Jukka Pelkonen is much too deep for the instruments he’s accompanying. The actual music of this band is often quite expansive, ambient, and even beautiful at times. However, the screamer here is all about those deep growls that are hard to understand. They mostly just sound like a bear at the microphone. It really causes an unbalance through this record, and I could not abandon it when hearing this awkward combination.

It’s too bad the band doesn’t sing more. There’s maybe a couple moments out of the whole album there’s clean vocals. The focus song for this album would probably have to be the song “New World Shadows”, as it is the only track to feature a truly successful singing section (don’t get my started on the frog-croaking of “An Infinite Mind”). “Soul Journeys” (video below) has a little bit, but not enough to really stand out.

If Omnium Gatherum did more songs like their title track, they could really dominate some attention. However, this is not the case. As this record stands, New World Shadows implements a lot of impressive instrumental work, despite being pulled down somewhat by its growling. It’s definitely worth a listen, and the best album they’ve released in their 14+ years of existence. I just wish they’d embrace who they really are, and quit the whole Opeth– wannabe vocals.

7.5 out of 10

Tracklist:
01. Everfields
02. Ego
03. New World Shadows
04. Soul Journeys
05. Nova Flame
06. An Infinite Mind
07. Watcher Of The Skies
08. The Distance
09. Deep Cold

This album will be available in stores March 1, 2011 in the United States.

MySpace: Link | Wiki: Link | Download (320kbps): Link

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