In the noble tradition of crunchy riffs, screaming leads and leather-clad longhairs, Omen
has managed to once again produce a gem worthy of the sacred horns. I refer, of course, to Eternal Black Dawn
, the latest assault by the band.
Although the line-up is completely different than on their previous albums, Kenny Powell (Guitars) managed to keep the spirit of the band alive ... but still no match for the original. Kevin Goocher's vocal range definitely adds a new flavor to Omen
and does J.D. Kimball's memory proud. I rocked out to every track on the album ... until I reached #9, "The Spectre
Of Battles Past
." This is a medley of such Omen
classics as "Make Me Your King
's Breath," "Die
By The Blade" and "Nightmares
". I personally think the CD could have done without this one.
Overall, the CD is a killer tribute to the old-school way of doing things. Melody, drive and darkness make Eternal Black Dawn
a keeper for the true Metal