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Sons Ov Omega - Reign

Sons Ov Omega
Reign
by Dave "That Metal Guy" Campbell at 18 May 2017, 1:59 PM

SONS OV OMEGA is a Melodic Black/Death Metal band, formed in Umea, Sweden in 2012. There was not a lot of information available on them from the internet, and judging by some photos and their names it appears they wish to be fairly private. As they are artists, you just have to respect that. “Reign” is their debut full-length, and contains eleven tracks. “Apocalyptic Occult Metal” was one reference that I read describing their music. As I digested the album, I really couldn’t think of a better descriptor. Let us get to some of the ones that really resonated with me. “Pandora” is a nine-minute opening track. The build-up is mysterious, like it will be hard to tell what is coming at you. Chanting and harmonized acoustic guitars give way to a dominating main riff and deep, anguished Death vocals. There is an amalgam of styles presented here, and themes of the occult and regal adventures. The Egyptian-esque lead guitar parts and clean vocal passages add to this feeling.

“Fields Of Ember” is shorter in length, but with some great background ambiance to go along with the more droning and sterile sound of this song. The bleakness is striking at times. “Quetzalcoatl” was of course the Aztec God of Wind and Wisdom, and the song seems to depict some nefarious things he may have done during his time. The track moves pretty quickly but not without time to take in the scenery. In “Malleus Maleficarum,” the pounding rhythms change frequently and the bombast is dialed up a notch. This is a straight up scorching track. “Kali” is the Hindu Goddess of Time, Creation, Destruction and Power, and her early incantations were that of a destroyer of evil forces. I can’t imagine a God with more power than what she has control over, and what better reason to write a song in her homage? It’s a great track that doesn’t have to overpower you to get across its importance. The mysterious guitar work in “The Tempest” is a high point, combined with the ultra-deep vocals, and the seven-minute “Deluge” sounds like something that could threaten to summon beings from the netherworld if played loud enough. “We all are dead, to our world” is a lyric line that sums up the sound pretty neatly. The subdued strength of this song is akin to a sleeping dragon that you would just not want to stir.

The cold, dark instrumental “Dreams Of A Sunken City,” sounds what could be post-nuclear winter or rain hailing from a blackened sky. All that is missing are the now gone screams of anyone who may have survived, leaving nothing left.  The final track, “Cthulhu,” pays homage to a popular figure of the occult, creating by H.P. Lovecraft. The depiction as an Octopus God is the one you are probably most familiar with. The heavy and evil sound definitely reflect the cult of the people who worship this figure. Overall, I find that the album does an excellent job of creating a sound that you probably haven’t heard before. The thematic elements work very well with the music, and the mystery that surrounds their identity is married with the sound of the music as well. It’s a very intriguing album that should awaken your senses.

Songwriting: 8
Originality: 9
Memorability: 8
Production: 8

4 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Pandora
2. Field Of Ember
3. Quetzalcoatl
4. Nuclear Salvation
5. Malleus Maleficarum
6. Kali
7. Brain Wave Zero
8. The Tempest
9. Deluge
10. Dreams Of A Sunken City
11. Cthulhu
Lineup:
Malocchio – Bass
Arktos – Drums
Mors – Guitars
Invictuz – Guitars, Backing Vocals
Anthropos – Vocals
Record Label: Black Lion Records
     


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