Omnium Gatherum
Beyond


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jacob R. STAFF
February 16th, 2013 | 77 replies


Release Date: 02/22/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Who knew they had it in them?

Melodic death metal group Omnium Gatherum has often been criticized for sounding too much like its predecessors. It’s undeniable the group takes large influence from the more top-tier artists in the genre, like Insomnium and Amon Amarth. But fans of Omnium Gatherum have always accepted this aspect of the group’s sound, perhaps going to other groups for that innate spark of originality. The great thing about Beyond, then, is that it sees a rejuvenation of sorts as the band’s most unequivocally unique album yet.

The most innovative aspect of Beyond is its emphasis on atmosphere. The songs presented embellish a chaotic but beautiful world, with dissonance underlined by melody. Vocalist Jukka Pelkonen is accustomed to providing his guttural vocals in a fairly mechanistic manner, and he continues to do so on the heavier tracks at hand here. But there are instances where he rises above the group’s songwriting habits to try his hand at something new, and these moments are some of the most thrilling. “Could Say” is a full-out ballad, fronted by Pelkonen’s emotional croons: sounds cheesy as hell, right? This makes it all the more surprising that the song is easily one of the best on Beyond. Long-time fans need not worry, though, for there are plenty of traditionally heavy tracks here. The more dismal moments here are more far-reaching than they were in the past, probably because Pelkonen understands the limitations of his voice much better than last time. He alternates between ferocious gutturals and soaring cleans, utilizing both his talents to bring a strong sense of aggression to the band’s updated palette. Because of this, Beyond may very well be Pelkonen’s most consistent performance yet.

The instrumentation here is top-notch, too. Beyond is infectious because of the way the musicians utilize both repetition and variation, and it’s clear the group’s songwriting abilities have grown by leaps and bounds because of this. Just when an initially monotonous track like “In the Rim” begins to breathe its last exciting breath, the gut-wrenching bridge enters the picture and keeps the track fresh. And while all the musicians perform well, the guitar and synth are utilized in the most exciting way. The two instruments create the hypnotic atmosphere at the forefront, with which the song’s backbone coexists. “Could Say” steadily works a smooth-as-silk guitar melody into its verse, marrying the serene synth texture. The band’s choice to embrace subtlety makes the song one of the group’s best, and other similar instances can be found in the majority of tracks on Beyond.

It’s exciting to see Omnium Gatherum carving its own niche in the melodic death metal realm, an act of which the group’s always been capable. If Beyond proves anything, though, it’s that the derivative acts in modern music really do have the potential to mature into something noteworthy.



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Omaha
Staff Reviewer
February 16th 2013


10211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2 | Sound Off

Streaming here: http://www.inferno.fi/uutiset/inferno-tarjoaa-kuuntele-uusi-omnium-gatherum-albumi/

This album really blew my mind, to be honest.

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
February 16th 2013


4435 Comments


Good review, Jacob.
I haven't heard this one yet, but I assume its streaming, right?

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
February 16th 2013


4435 Comments


Oh, we commented at the same time. Never mind.

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
February 16th 2013


10211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2 | Sound Off

Hehe. Yeah, it is! Do you like any other melodic death metal?

Tyrael
February 16th 2013


20886 Comments


'Who knew they had it in them?'

omfg

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Omaha
Staff Reviewer
February 16th 2013


10211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2 | Sound Off

What, Ty? Such a strong reaction o_O

Tyrael
February 16th 2013


20886 Comments


Considering how massive their previous effort was your summary seems a bit odd to me

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
February 16th 2013


4435 Comments


@Omaha
I was actually listening to "The Dividing Line" by DT while I was reading. But I'm on "New Dynamic" from this album now, and it's sounding good so far.

Calc
February 16th 2013


12215 Comments


hmmm.....sold.

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vanfullofretards
February 16th 2013


17 Comments


bitch fuck cunt shit

Shuyin
February 16th 2013


11708 Comments


the last album was amazing, still gotta give this one a listen tho

now would be a good time

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Shuyin
February 16th 2013


11708 Comments


aaaand it rules

solid 4

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
February 16th 2013


10211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2 | Sound Off

Ty, I didn't mean their other stuff was bad... Don't jump to conclusions, man!

I mean the summary in terms of how atmospheric this album is. I never expected them totaled this route.

FrozenVain
February 16th 2013


2438 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Your review is a lot better than mine and I agree with everything here. We have pretty much the same opinion when it comes to Beyond, I guess.
pos'd (if I could)

Forevermore
February 16th 2013


129 Comments


Never heard of these guys, but they definitely do album art right.

zaruyache
February 16th 2013


6605 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

3.8/5 rules.

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PortalofPerfection
February 16th 2013


507 Comments


I'm really trying to like this, I've always at least somewhat enjoyed their music before but...I just don't hear anything that different on this album. Still just sounds like same ol OG to me...don't get it.

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zaruyache
February 17th 2013


6605 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Same old. Why's that bad?

CaptainDooRight
February 17th 2013


29453 Comments


nice review

'Beyond is infectious because of the way the musicians utilize both repetition, and it’s clear the group’s songwriting abilities have grown by leaps and bounds because of this.'

sentence needs re-working

I tried to enjoy this album but it was just utterly boring for me.

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RiffOClock
February 17th 2013


1049 Comments


Who knew they had it in them?


they dont



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