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(EchO) : Omnivoid

First demo from (EchO); a multi-genre experimental melodic doom metal band.

I'm not sure what I'd claim (EchO) echoes, if anything. It is surely not a single band as their music continuously shifts from definition to definition: Most of the time you'll find doom metal as the fundament, but any single track can vary between doom/death, doom/gothic, atmospheric doom, funeral doom, doomcore, death metal, ambient, and darkwave, each of which may later on appear in different incarnations of themselves. In a way (EchO) sound like a proper doom version of Tides or Year of No Light, both bands who rely heavily on the melodic while experimentally hopping from one genre to the next.

From my description you can probably imagine why I'm having a hard time describing 'Omnivoid'. Nevertheless, I will try to justifiably describe it in words. Try to imagine this and you'll likely not be too far off: Mix Novembers Doom, Swallow the Sun, and Dolorian; that will be the foundation. Then imagine that the music moves between these points, more than occationally bumping into other musical areas such as Ea's funeral doom, This Empty Flow's ambient pop/gothic, Isis' melodic doomcore, Celtic Frost's heaviest riffage, Jack Frost's thick, gothic riffage, and several others. Top it off with the use of growls, whispers, and clean vocals, each used as to compliment whatever point the band just bumped into.

At this point I expect you to imagine this as a complete chaos. Surprisingly, that's not the case. It's coherent! The melodies manage to sew a red line through nearly each and every point, binding together the anarchy into something that sounds whole. In fact, ever how hard this can be to imagine, the superficial listener might easilly mistake this for yet another band who has taken one advice too many from Firebox; he/she might not even have noticed that this isn't The Eternal, Swallow the Sun, or Rainbird. I guess that is why I also recommend this band to those who enjoy those three bands or their similars. I'd just like to issue this warning, though. Because, if I'm right, then some might find this band to be a loose cannon at the same time as others find them to be too orthodox.

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Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Disclaiming my Faults
2. Through your Breath
3. [untitled]
4. Weak Voices Sings
5. Omnivoid

Duration : Approx. 32 minutes.

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Reviewed on 2012-09-11 by Arnstein H. Pettersen
Hate Your Guts Records
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