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Omination : Followers Of The Apocalypse

Creative, but vastly overindulgent in length, Omination's huge debut has a potential for greatness.

Omination is defined as the act of prophesying. For the purpose of this article, though, Omination refers to a musical project steeped in the sound of Funeral Doom. Perhaps Tunisia is among the last of locales one would place as home to Funeral Doom artists, but in this global age, convention and stereotypes are being eradicated. What is stunning regarding Omination is that this is the project of one musician, Fedor Kovalevsky. In that light, the album reveals the inner workings of a brain trapped in the abyss of desolation. Art must be painful.

'The Temple Of The End Of Time' begins the album with an intense slow crawl, a crescendo of powerful ghostly guitars alongside organ. Before long, the listener is caught up in the mire of sinking riffs, clutching on and not letting go from their torrid embrace. There is a constant hammering sound echoing throughout providing an ominous delivery of a fateful sentence. In the latter half, clean guitar serves as an ideal interlude to open up the final descent of crushing Doom, enhanced by a bass line that melodically fills out the open spaces left by the massive guitar.

'Towards The Holocaust' serves as an ideal follow-up and is based around the haunting echo of a tremolo-picked arpeggio. Omination's sound is proving to dwell in a huge expanse created by layering the instrumentation. Organ lines decorate parts and in others lead the proceedings becoming in effect a twisted Baroque fugue. While genre greats are hinted upon, tradition is eschewed for a singular sound enraptured in the space created.

The seventh track, '...Whose Name Is Worthlessness', extends the pensive examination of the mystery lying in the ether. At times, one is given the sense of the classic feel of Pink Floyd, particularly in the epic chords that create such a poignant atmosphere from both guitar and organ. At over twenty minutes in length, this song would occupy an entire side of vinyl. The guitar slides do help to propagate the haunting beauty of darkness.

Whilst embarking upon the sonic landscape that is this album, the listener is inundated with an all-encompassing sound. Rich in dynamics and profuse textures, the album is ultimately the soundtrack to the ongoing narrative in the writer's mind. With commanding vocals that embody a gothic take on Neurosis, one is struck by the authoritative tinge.

Instrumentally, the sound is achieved by capturing the fullness of each instrument. On the low end, the stout bass weaves in and around the main ideas as it constantly propels the song forward. It has a tone that hints at being fretless and is nonetheless a very punchy, compressed performance. The guitar incorporates staple tones of the genre, high-gain driven riffs drowning in reverb. Of course, this serves to amplify the ominous, spatial sound as chords hang suspended in the dusk created. The secret weapon is clearly the organ parts provided as they enrich the guitar chords adding extensive color. The modern ear is attuned to associating organ notes with funeral dirges, an effect amply used. The only real weakness would be in the percussive side of things as the drums seem to be following everything else, and at times, even sound as if rambling off the beaten path.

Ultimately, while not being the pinnacle of the genre, the album is a testament to creativity. Kovalevsky's work ethic is to be admired. But, when even segues are in surplus of six minutes, things come across as being drawn out. This could not be seen as a go-to album for it is so very overindulgent in length, but it is indeed impressive that so much music and such a big sound can come from one solitary person. One has to wonder at the greatness that could be achieved were he to have other musicians to work with and help trim the fat.

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Reviewer's rating: 6/10


Tracklist :
1. The Temple Of The End Of Time
2. Towards The Holocaust
3. Followers Of The Apocalypse
4. Crossing The Frozen Wasteland
5. The Whirlpool Of Ignorance
6. A Replica...
7. ...Whose Name Is Worthlessness
8. Maybe

Duration : Approx. 88 minutes

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Reviewed on 2018-11-21 by Chris Hawkins
Aesthetic Death
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