Anomalous
Ohmnivalent


3.0
good

Review

by Zettel USER (37 Reviews)
April 25th, 2012 | 10 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Do not pay attention to the rating. The album is UNRATED.

In order to make an impact in the technical death metal scene, a band must force their entrance with violence, otherwise they are torn down by the hundreds of acts that seek to impose their law, whether by their technical skills or by the power of their sound. Anomalous took their time to release their first full-length, after teasing us in 2006 with the Cognitive Dissonance EP, delaying more than once what appeared to be already finished. Does this effort come a little too late? Whatever diluted that 2006 first impression might had become, OHMnivalent is a declaration of war, done with both a confidence and an ingenuity that is optimistic. What is the point of listening to this type of music if you are not going to get obliterated? Guitarist Max Seeman understands this, so in the meantime he honed his skills to a point where you start to wonder if form can be substituted completely by content, laying lead after lead over layers and layers of riffs, numbing the mind until the listener forget that songwriting is supposed to be there.

Go ahead and listen to OHMnivalent; before you can get a grasp of what is going on in there, you are halfway through the album. Then Seeman reminds us that he too can restrain himself, and delivers "Mitosis", a moment of calm amidst the waves of fury, effectively dividing the record in two halves. The band next attempts to lower the levels of dissonance and chaos (granted, not by much), establishing some structure to the remaining tracks, making easier to distinguish them from each other. But what in other records would be certainly weaknesses, Anomalous turn them into strengths. Make no mistake, OHMnivalent hits the spot most of the time as much as it goes overboard, probably because Seeman, paradoxically, does not seem to take too seriously what he is doing, simply abandoning himself to the extremes of his playing. The imagery of the diabolical is only a by-product of the levels of intensity.

But...is it possible for a metal outfit not to have a drummer? Anomalous officially recruits Marco Pitruzzella as their accomplice, replacing the programmed drums of the EP, who proves to be the MVP of the album. Because Marco continually battles Seeman for the spotlight by the precision and franticness of his drumming, dueling the guitarist in a way this one probably did not see coming. The interplay between the two musicians is the hearth of the record, bringing excitement to what otherwise could be a sterile display of technicality. Anomalous open the gates of Hades and have fun with the sound coming from it, a sound that precedes destruction. Fifty-five minutes later, there is nothing left. Quivering from adrenaline, you look forward to what is next.



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bloc
April 24th 2012


34925 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Didn't enjoy this one too much.

asdemonsburn
April 25th 2012


793 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

of course you didn't, it's not sumeriancore.

YUJOS
April 26th 2012


941 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Zettel I m glad you wrote the review for the album,it definelety needed one! Good work man!

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Zettel
April 27th 2012


599 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks, Yujos. I meant to write it long ago, but keep forgetting about it. Glad you caught it up, and thanks for reading.

FrozenVain
August 8th 2012


2445 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I agree with YUJOS. Great review, pos!

I think this is pretty cool so I would probably give it a bit higher score than 3.

AnimalsAsSummit
August 22nd 2012


841 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Deserves a higher rating. The sheer amount of originality coming off of this thing should be appreciated more. Brilliant record.

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XfingTheSullen
September 30th 2012


2715 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This album is fucking good. Lastfm radio pointed me to the band when I chose a Beyond Creation station... those guys are amazing so no reason any other band similar to them won't be as well

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AnimalsAsSummit
October 30th 2012


841 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Just re listened to this album today. Probably the most creative technical death metal act out there currently.

Shuyin
March 8th 2013


11832 Comments


yea, album sounds awesome

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XfingTheSullen
November 25th 2013


2715 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Actually listened to this again today. Kinda too chaotic and disjointed to be REALLY momentous. The songwriting sometimes suffers. It's definitely got its moments though, like the track Mitosis. I think I'll lower this to 3,5 for now, as nothing really makes me wanna listen to this another time. Another example first-listen overexcitement, apparently



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