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Omega Diatribe - Trinity Award winner

Omega Diatribe
by Jon Conant at 21 May 2018, 2:14 PM

OMEGA DIATRIBE is a relatively new band hailing from Hungary, and while they are maybe one of the most exciting young bands in the metal scene, they are also one of the toughest to pin down. They are not listed on Metal Archives, the authority of genre classification, but Wikipedia pegs them as “polyrhythmic groove metal” and they refer to themselves “extreme groove metal.”

So basically? It’s the metal version of math rock with BRUTAL harsh vocals and more than enough groove and chunk to go around, which I absolutely love, and outstanding production value to top it all off. Their 2nd full length “Trinity” takes all of the aforementioned traits and pushes them to the absolute next level.

They waste no blasting your face off with opener “Soul Collide.” It has everything: groove, chunk, atmosphere, semi-breakdowns, wild harsh vocals, and bass. It’s heavy and it’s an absolute banger. The segue from that into track 2 “Filius Dei” is damn near flawless. The heaviness and intensity are still there, but the prog/math nature come out even more and the band’s musicianship is on full display. Complete with a funky middle section that is more ambient and driven by a fantastic semi-solo bass line, the song finishes off strong on a heavy climax. And the last minute djents. Straight up. It’s fucking amazing.

From there, the album just keeps pushing forward. It’s a non-stop shit show of math-metal banger after banger. The amount of genres and styles being cohesively melded together into one orgasmic sound is nothing short of incredible.

To be fair, there are a fair amount of derivative tracks in the album, especially during the middle section. Songs that are still sick if you’re jamming with the vibe of the album, but lack variety and to someone that isn’t sold on the sound, and could be a reason for criticism. Tracks 4, 5, and 6, “Spinal Cord Fusion,” “Divine Nature,” and “Replace Your Fear” all come to mind. And being right in the middle of the album, they do slow things down a bit. Especially following the intensity of track 3 and title song “Trinity,” which brings a hardcore/djent mix vibe to the table that is beyond fresh. But the album picks right back up in the back half, with track 8 “Chain Reaction” being my choice favorite, aside from the first 3.

So what’s the long story short? OMEGA DIATRIBE is one of the most exciting young metal bands out there right now. They are heavy, modern, fresh, they are trying a ton of new things, and it all sounds really fucking good. If you’re not paying attention, you’d better start right now. Don’t play yourself and miss out on this shit. DON’T PLAY YOURSELF.

Give “Trinity” a listen. Then listen again. And again. And never stop, because why would you? For my money we have an AOTY contender, maybe not one that will take the title, but a contender.

Songwriting: 9
Originality: 9
Memorability: 9
Production: 9

4 Star Rating

1. Souls Collide
2. Filius Dei
3. Trinity
4. Spinal Cord Fusion
5. Divine of Nature
6. Replace Your Fear
7. Oblation
8. Chain Reaction
9. Denying Our Reality
10. Compulsion
11. Wraith
12. Tukdam
Milán Lucsányi - Vocal
Ákos Szathmáry - Bass
Gergő Hájer - Lead Guitar
Tamás Höflinger - Guitar
Tommy Kiss - Drums
Record Label: Metal Scrap Records


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Edited 20 May 2019

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