OMEGA CROM – BLOOD, STEEL & FIRE – REVERSED
Omega Crom’s album title and cover artwork of a he-man amidst the ravages of battle point at Manowar and Bathory, while the name is probably the result of some Star Trek viewing. Fortunately (the former band) and perhaps unfortunately (the latter band if you are a fan), the Canadian Vancouverites sound like neither. Nevertheless, the band’s monicker stems from author Arthur Conan Doyle and his books such as Conan The Barbarian. To effect, the lyrics to songs like The Passing Of Azazel or Calling Of The Dead are similarly morbid and violent, as well as crude and profound such s on Playing God.
The music, however, is where things get interesting. The band calls it all ‘ripping metal’ and that, for once, is fine. It is not an easy matter characterizing this cacophony. It is veritable and certifiable mixture, which the band’s admitted influences of Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Megadeth and others do not accurately describe. For one, and for better or worse, the material is too molten metal to be pinned down. For another, Omega Crom is more extreme than the aforementioned bands. The album’s first track Warpath does begin with a Megadeth suggestion… for five seconds before launching into its own stratosphere. Every other song presents a similar challenge/dilemma/mixture until the album concludes in a proud metallic note with Metal Revolution.
Of note however, are the extremely versatile vocals that are as high as a human can reach and as low as death metal singers practice. The screeching vocals make Rob Halford and John Cyriis to sound subwoofer range. The vocals do vary multiple times as mentioned. The guitar soloist can and does. This is not a band that is ashamed to wave the flag of metal and the six strings. The rest of the guys are no slouches either contributing to the tempo and, somewhat, unique feel.
Omega Crom is something of a unique identity without veering into offbeat or non-metal arenas. All of this is achieved despite recognizable influences, yet at the expense of identifiable and rigid structures. – Ali “The Metallian”