The Omega Experiment
The Omega Experiment


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by Djentftw USER (4 Reviews)
February 15th, 2012 | 45 replies | 7,678 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Omega Experiment is a Prog/Experimental metal band hailing from Michigan. They are a DIY band, and have just released an incredible debut album

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I, like the vast majority of music listeners, have a type. I have a habit of sticking to specific kinds of djent, with the occasional branch-out to post-metal and metalcore. And if it's not the type of music I like, I stop halfway through the song, and play something else. But every rule has exceptions. This for example.

The Omega Experiment certainly isn't my style, I have never been a fan of Devin Townsend or bands influenced by him. Yet when I first heard their Karma EP, I kind of liked it. A couple listens later and I was hooked. And then I heard this album and just from the first few guitar riffs, I could hear so much more confidence in their music and a much bigger emphasis on being their own unique band.

Those first few riffs are from "Gift", which is the definition of the perfect opening song. The energy is at it's peak and everyone is putting in their year's worth of effort. From it's beginning to it's piano finish, you can't go wrong with it.

You can, however, go wrong with putting a ten minute epic as your second track, as there is a great risk of it being forgotten by the end of the album. Nevertheless "Stimulus" is a memorable thrill ride with a very chill outro that fades into the latter and contrasting piece "Motion".

Before I get into the flow of the average "Track by track" format, let me skip ahead to "Terminus". Terminus can best be described as a dip in crystal clear water. The beginning is ever so smooth but so intense. The build up around the two minute mark sends chills up my spine as this epic develops into a powerful show of melodies and emotions. It ends just as it begins, proving how smart these guys are when it comes to formatting their epics.

Two of the songs are reserved interludes, "Tranquility" and "Bliss". "Tranquility" is aptly titled as it has a very 60s-esque combination of synth and lyricless vocals. The final thirty seconds are what really make the transition between "Tranquility" and "Furor" fluid. As for Bliss, it serves it's purpose of getting from one song to the next, nothing else can really be said about it.

The three classic songs have also been reworked into the flow of the album. With the exception of some minor production details, these are pretty much the same as they were a year ago. That is not to say a bad thing, as some bands rework their demos to the point where they sound nothing like the original. However, there are a couple minimal things I would have liked for them to clean up; there is one out-of-place power metal scream in Karma for example. As for their placement, they have no trouble fitting in with the rest of the music. Karma's end now flows into Terminus seamlessly. If you've heard Kamelot's "The Black Halo", you know that "Memento Mori" is the end of the story but "Serenade" is the encore song that ends the album. The same applies here as "Terminus" serves as the end of the album and "Paramount" is more of an encore piece.

I gave this album a 5 because for a debut album, it's really quite something, especially considering the budget they made it on. However, there are a couple flaws. I've alread mentioned that they could have cleaned up a bit on their original songs. I would also liked to point out that the radio interviews throughout were a good attempt at adding to the album, but in my opinion they were quite distracting. Lastly and as always, you've really got cojones if you make your debut album conceptual. They manage extremely well, but it was a bit risky.

Overall, I highly recommend that you give this a listen whether it's your type of music or not. You're in for a good solid hour of experimental metal.

Top Three: Gift, Karma, Terminus


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Funeralopolis
February 14th 2012



11165 Comments


what constitutes a DIY band?

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Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
February 14th 2012



18248 Comments


they make their own instruments

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AfterTheBreakdown
February 14th 2012



7108 Comments


looks like i gotta check this out.

Hawks
February 14th 2012



35446 Comments


Probably blows hard.

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trilogique21
February 14th 2012



383 Comments


rad


Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
February 14th 2012



31056 Comments


There are different kinds of djent??

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ZombicidalMan
February 14th 2012



1760 Comments


Really disliked the production on Karma, turned me off listening to their other tracks

PuddlesPuddles
February 14th 2012



4772 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This sounds pretty one dimensional from what I'm hearing

DDconjoined
February 14th 2012



326 Comments


yeah not the best review I've read. BUT, the high score will make me at least stream a song or 2.

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
February 15th 2012



4507 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Album sucks. Complete overblown pro-tooled nonsense.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
February 15th 2012



10592 Comments


Meh, there are some neat ideas but overall this sounds like slightly above average Sumerian bullshit.

iambandersnatch
February 15th 2012



1469 Comments


this isn't djent if it's like the EP

botb
February 15th 2012



9631 Comments


ive heard good things about this, will probably eventually give it a listen

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
February 15th 2012



6079 Comments


I have Karma, don't remember if I liked it or not though

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AtomicWaste
Staff Reviewer
February 15th 2012



1985 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

If you extrapolate the Karma EP, this is what you get. The ups and downs that occur due to runtime are really somewhat negligible.

It still rules, though. I'll need to stream it a few more times, but I'm considering reviewing this once my opinion on it simmers a bit.

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Dimor
February 15th 2012



1755 Comments


Just listened to Gift off of this, and i gotta say i really, really enjoyed it. It has a kinda uplifting, fresh sound. I can totally see the Cynic and Towsnend similarities. Production is frickin sharp aswell. GOOD SHIT

KILL
February 15th 2012



71253 Comments


lol

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l3urkles
February 15th 2012



141 Comments


i likey

Kubrick
February 15th 2012



746 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

First and last song on this are so fucking good. The rest I still gotta warm up to a bit.. I like moments here and there but nothing strikes as much as those two yet. Definitely has potential to grow.

Dimor
February 16th 2012



1755 Comments


ok, kinda listened through the whole album a couple of times now, and i need to agree that's its a bit one-dimensional. Can't really stand the singer either im afraid. a pity really, i had some high hopes for this



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