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Omainen: Routes to Nowhere (EP)

Omainen: Routes to Nowhere (EP)

Progressive/Power Metal
Rating: 3.0/5.0

French metal band Omainen debuts a new four song EP, Routes to Nowhere, in hopes of getting some attention across the metal universe. This short disc is dressed in some clever sci-fi artwork, but their band logo does not make them easily identifiable. They might easily be mistaken for a death metal band. Within Routes to Nowhere, Omainen attempts a creative and strenuous form of European progressive power metal.

There's a dark and somber feeling to the music thanks to some very serious and heavy riff development. The progressive side comes from Omainen's deft and diverse use of a variety of metal sub-genres including power, thrash, and slight doom references among others. However, this only proves that they know their metal styles. It's another thing to have the ability to weave these different styles into an innovative and entertaining arrangement. Unfortunately, Omainen's compositions are neither that clever or memorable. Another foible that tripped me up was Cyril's vocals; frankly, I don't think this fellow can sing. However, what Omainen lacks in musical development, they make up in ambition and emotion.

Omainen's Routes to Nowhere is a good, but musically average, effort. Yet, with time, experience, and a good producer, Omainen's potential should develop into a formidable presence in the French metal scene.

In Short

Omainen's Routes to Nowhere is a good, but musically average, effort. Yet, with time, experience, and a good producer, Omainen's potential should develop into a formidable presence in the French metal scene.

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