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Omega Massif : Kalt

This is the debut demo of a German band called Omega Massif. It was pressed twice, first in 2005 and then in 2006. Each pressing saw 100 copies made, making it somewhat hard to find. However they re-recorded the track 'Unter Null' for their following EP.

The letter "omega" was the last of the Greek aplhabet and has been used as a symbol of "the end of something". A 'massif' is a mountain range with several peaks, which is important since a massif is bigger and more massive than a mountain range with just one peak. In my ears then, the name Omega Massif should mean something like "a massive mountain range at the end of something." What this end is, I'm not sure, but perhaps it refers to the old view of the earth as flat? I'm thinking that this might be the mountains at the end of the world. In any case, I find that it tells one something about their sound. So does the demo title, 'Kalt', which is german for 'cold'.

The music is purely instrumental. It contains quite heavy post-rock/drone soundscapes with some doom metal elements. It's definitely more similar to bands such as Mills of God and Mothertrucker than Neurosis and Pelican, but like the two former bands they still remain very much in the vein of the two latter. The images I get from this release is of windy yet very lonely peaks, where snow blows violently in the biting cold. They use echoed single guitar notes more than anything else, but there are frequent sections of fuzzy, loud riffage; all usually wandering along in a quite slow pace.

It should be mentioned that this isn't a doom metal release as such, though I find them to be so similar to many doomier same-genre bands, that I believe it'll still be of interest to many within the scene. It's got good quality recording and no other reasons not to check them out, so if you're into this genre then you might want to do so.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Unter Null
2. Murgang
3. Eiswüste
4. Schacht

1. Under Zero
2. Flow of Debris/Avalanche
3. Ice Waste
4. Duct/Shaft

Duration : Approx. 45 minutes.

Visit the Omega Massif bandpage.

Reviewed on 14-04-2010 by Arnstein Petersen
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