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Omen

Omen is best-known for melodic yet aggressive power metal/fantasy metal along the lines of King Diamond, Queensr├┐che, Savatage, Manowar, and Helloween; Omen is forceful and hard-driving, but they're always been musical and melodic. The band was formed in Los Angeles in 1983 by lead guitarist Kenny Powell, who had been a member of an L.A.-based band called Savage Grace. Powell's early influences included Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, UFO, Ronnie James Dio, Black Sabbath, and Rainbow (among others), and Omen's Metal Blade and Enigma recordings of the '80s reflected the guitarist's appreciation ...read more

Omen is best-known for melodic yet aggressive power metal/fantasy metal along the lines of King Diamond, Queensr├┐che, Savatage, Manowar, and Helloween; Omen is forceful and hard-driving, but they're always been musical and melodic. The band was formed in Los Angeles in 1983 by lead guitarist Kenny Powell, who had been a member of an L.A.-based band called Savage Grace. Powell's early influences included Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, UFO, Ronnie James Dio, Black Sabbath, and Rainbow (among others), and Omen's Metal Blade and Enigma recordings of the '80s reflected the guitarist's appreciation of those headbangers.

Omen has had its share of lineup changes over the years; in addition to Powell, the band's early members included lead singer J.D. Kimball (R.I.P.), bassist Jody Henry, and drummer Steve Wittig. In 1984, Omen signed with the L.A.-based Metal Blade and recorded their debut album, Battle Cry, which was followed by Warning of Danger in 1985, The Curse in 1986, Nightmares in 1987, and Escape to Nowhere in 1988. Throughout the '80s, glam metal, pop-metal and hair bands were huge on the L.A./Hollywood rock scene -- the Sunset Strip was inundated with bands that hoped to be the next Quiet Riot, Poison, or L.A. Guns. But when other L.A. bands were heavily into the glam scene, Omen was a power metal band first and foremost. « hide

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LPs
Hammer Damage
06/29/2012

Eternal Black Dawn
2003

3
1 Votes
Reopening the Gates
1997

Escape to Nowhere
1988

2.2
3 Votes
The Curse
1986

3.6
6 Votes
Warning of Danger
1985

4
14 Votes
Battle Cry
1984

3.7
18 Votes
EPs
Nightmares
1987

Live Albums
Into the Arena: 20 Years Live
2008

Compilations
Into the Arena
03/15/2012

Blood - Steel - Vengeance
2010

Battle Anthems
1998

Teeth of the Hydra
1989


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