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Omega Massif : Kalt

Back in 2005, the Doom scene was all crazy about either lousy bedroom Funeral/Drone projects (blame it on Myspace and SunnO)))) or about how much True Doom you could get to be accepted in the allmighty Circle. You had to get informed of what was happening in outside circles (i.e. non Metal ones) to have heard about albums like 'The Fires In Our Throats Will Beckon The Thaw' or 'Panopticon'. In their own way, those two albums paved the road for another mutation in Doom Metal, the one nowadays hastily labelled as 'Post-Doom'. And there's no doubt that those albums have inspired the german outfit Omega Massif during the writing of their first demo Kalt, which should become as formative for others, shortly after.

Here, the name doesn't lie, because the music is damn cold. The kind of coldness guaranteed to freeze your blood in your veins. Hypothermia made into music. Yet, the music is far more than that. Because Omega Massif do more than just playing slow, dark, brooding and heavy as a foggy mountain : they assume their Doom. This is the kind of band that goes far beyond a simple 'slow Cult Of Luna'. Each song on this demo is perfect, weaving a web of musical and extra-musical influences and bringing to mind vivid images of lost forests and high peaks untouched by human hands...while at the same time crushing you underneath waves and waves of thick sound!!!

This goes far beyond than just being music, but is more an experiment and a trip to compare to what was done during the 60's golden psychedelic era (albeit far heavier!!). The long epic tracks that are Murgang and Schacht are maybe some of the best instrumental Doom ever been created.

While sold out since it was first released, this demo has been re-released again with the digipack and double LP version of their first album Geisterstadt. Considering how great this album also is, you cannot, you MUST NOT miss this chance to discover one of the best and original german newcomers in the Doom scene.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


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

Duration : Approx. 47 minutes

Visit the Omega Massif bandpage.

Reviewed on 12-08-2010 by Laurent Lignon
Aesthetic Death
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