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Album Review

While the same old melodic death metal bands appear to reap all the fame and glory, year after year, Finland's Omnium Gatherum have eked a living out of being underrated, sneaking up on unsuspecting listeners who stumble upon their albums and ultimately converting them to their cause, almost without fail. Released in 2011, New World Shadows — the group's fifth studio outing but first for German label Lifeforce — adds another chapter to this curious career arc, once again boasting a wealth of compelling new songs, even though their core ingredients rarely deviate from type. As such, energized post-Gothenburg nuggets like "Ego," "Nova Flame," and "The Distance" (all heavily influenced by vintage In Flames) charge along on the usual deathly combinations of bowl-churning grunts, agile guitar picking, and frantic drum tattoos. But, in all honesty, beyond the abundant synths and keyboards nestled among them, adding textural colors to the mix, there's virtually nothing in any way groundbreaking about them. Even the unprecedented nine-minute epics — "Everfields" and "Deep Cold" — that bookend the remaining tracks reveal influential shades of bands like Opeth and Insomnium, as they meander into more atmospheric, progressive, and gothic-tinged domains. Still, there's something to be said for a band's ability to pen instantly memorable tunes, also including the wildly varied title track (note clean vocals and post-metal accents), the moody "An Infinite Mind," and even the plaintive instrumental "Watcher of the Skies." All of which confirms Omnium Gatherum's talent for cooking up delicious dishes out of the same old recipes: it'll probably never earn them the same respect accorded to either true innovators or radio-ruling copycats, but there's much great music (and, yes, a living) to be made between these two extremes.

Customer Reviews

Get this!!!!

If you are in anyway a fan of melodic, progressive death metal then you owe it to yourself to have this album. And even if you're not, it's great!

Its something refreshing even when I thought this genre was reaching the edge of it's creativity. While not a completely new kind of sound, its done VERY well.

These guys have written some very well thought out songs. The kind that you go around with in your head all day. The kind that inspire you to want to write an album like this(if youre a musician of any kind)

Everfields, Ego, New World Shadows, Nova Flame, and The Distance are my favs so far on here.

Beautiful, amazing album. I hope there are more like it this to come...... new Opeth this year(fingers crossed).

Super Hero Awesome

While listening to Soul Journeys I took the 10,000 ft plung of a parachuteless skydive. This song taught me to fly! Amazing stuff.

A true masterpiece

I was absolutely blown away upon the first listen of Omnium's latest release. Their previous release (The Redshift) is one of my favorite albums of all time & this one just may be right up there with more listens. This effort shows a bit more progressiveness than anything they have released before & it works. Give it a listen & you will not be disappointed.


Formed: Finland

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Hailing from the town of Kyminlinna, Finland, Omnium Gatherum was formed in late ‘90's by vocalist Antti Filppu, guitarists Markus Vanhala and Harri Pikka, keyboardist Mikko Pennanen, bassist Janne Markkanen and drummer Jarmo Pikka. After recording a slew of demos culminating in 2002's Steal the Light EP, the group was spotted and signed by independent label Rage of Achilles, which promptly packed them into Helsinki's Thunderstone Studios to record their 2003 debut album Spirits in August Light....
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