In The Woods...
Omnio


5.0
classic

Review

by Seth T. White (Cravinov13) USER (61 Reviews)
May 21st, 2006 | 58 replies | 13,085 views


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist


5 of 5 thought this review was well written

In the Woods... is probably one of the least known bands of the doom metal genre. Mixing dark ambiance with progressive avant garde heavy metal, they have become a behemoth of a band that is deserving of some close recognition. They originally started out as the death metal band Green Carnation, at least until the bands lead member (main composer and guitarist Tchort) left to join the black metal Emperor. After Tchort�s departure, the band members started a new project called In The Woods..., releasing their first demo in 1993. They released their first full length album, Heart Of Ages, in 1995. Their sophomore album, Omnio, became their instant classic. Omnio also marks the turning point of In The Woods...� harsh black metal into a more soothing sound, adding keyboards, female vocals, and the occasional distortion and dean singing to add to the complexity of the band. The band finally came to an end when Tchort returned to Green Carnation in 1999, and released their last album, Three Times Seven On A Pilgrimage, which contained a bunch of cover songs by bands like Pink Floyd, Jefferson Airplane, and King Crimson.

299,796 Km/s is the first track on the album. The 14:46 minute epic track begins with a soothing violin followed by a wall of doomy guitar riffs and steady pounds on the drums before kicking into a very steady riffage. By the 2 minute mark, the vocals kick in. The male vocals are very much like a lighter My Dying Bride and are backed by female vocals at random moments. Bass kicks in and the song gains some heavy atmosphere. At a little over 4 minutes, the song has a soft violin and ambient breakdown. The song then progresses into a melodic guitar riff and steady bass lines. The drums later kick in and the vocalist shows off more of his My Dying Bride-esque vocals. At 8 minutes the song regains it�s heaviness that leads into a very dominate atmospheric sound accompanied by a wicked guitar solo as the song slowly comes to a Halt. Ending track one and leaving the listener in awe.

The next track is probably one of the most famous tracks by In The Woods..., I Am your Flesh. The song begins with heavy riffage and (what I like to call) Dracula vocals. The song also contains some vicious growls that impress along with heavy blast beats and devastating guitar riffs. The song has several random bass and guitar breakdowns but keeps a very strong keyboard line throughout the track. The song finally fades off an a heavy note, accompanied by more wicked guitar work. [b]Kairos![b] follows, with very moody guitar plucks that bursts into heavy bass lines and a steady guitar riff after about 45 seconds. The song is the shortest track on the album, clocking only 3 and a half minutes. This doesn�t mean the track fails to deliver a powerful punch, keeping its� vicious riffage and drum line through out, it is the least progressive song on the album.

Weeping Willows is another epic track clocking at 11 minutes and 39 seconds. The track begins with a dark ambient intro followed by violins and more distorted ambiance before it kicks into the guitars, bass and vocals all at once. The track is another powerful one like 299,796 Km/s with similar dynamics, but a much more atmospheric sound. The track is also a lot slower and contains some great keyboard riffs. The song keeps a very similar and steady pace throughout, with occasional blast beats near the end and another haunting guitar solo. The next three tracks are all technically one monster track, Omnio?.

Omnio?: Pre begins with some beautiful aurora bell chimes and dark ambiance before it fades into low guitar strums and violins. Vocals and drums kick in a little after the 2 minute marker. The song then breaks into a powerful guitar and synth wall of sound at 3 and a half minutes. The song keeps the same pace, but is a lot more atmospheric, heavier, and more dynamic then before. The song has a melodic breakdown at around 7 and a half minutes before going back into more heavy guitar riffs. The song then keeps it�s normal pace until it finally fades and ends at 11 minute sand 59 seconds. Omnio?: Bardo is more of an instrumental, ambient track then an actual song. The song is full of dark ambiance and synthesizers before going into a powerful guitar solo and finally fading into the next and final track.

Omnio?: Post is the final track of the Omnio? trilogy. The song has a very mono piano melody and female vocals at the beginning of the song. The song then slowly progresses into more complicated keyboard riffs and even guitars in the background as the woman continues to express her haunting vocals. At about 2 minutes the song breaks into heavy guitar riffs and eventually leads into more vocal chanting and finally picks up to be much like the song Kairos!. The song then goes into a very soft, ambient moment while the male vocals dominate the atmosphere. The song picks up one more time on a very heavy note before finally fading off, ending one of the best albums of avant garde/ doom metal�s short history.

Pros
-- Great production.
-- Great vocal work and lyrics.
-- Overall astounding musicianship.
-- Nonstop epical dynamics and soothing melodies.
-- Simply a perfect doom album classic.

Cons
-- No one seems to really know much about this band and how simply amazing they really are.
-- The album cover is rather bland.

Track Listing
1. 299, 796 Km/s (5/5)
2. I Am Your Flesh (5/5)
3. Kairos! (4.5/5)
4. Weeping Willows (5/5)
5. Omnio?: Pre (4.5/5)
6. Omnio?: Bardo (3.5/5)
7. Omnio?: Post (4/5)



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Tyler
Emeritus
May 21st 2006



7926 Comments


I'd give this album a 5.9, fucking great album, but the production left a lot to be desired IMO. Still, great review, but you've got to fix your underline tags. The second bracket is [/u].

On the album itself, I feel it almost defies genre. I really liked the sparse and tasteful use of female vocals, too.This Message Edited On 05.21.06

The Jungler
May 21st 2006



4827 Comments


Not much of a metalhead, but based on your review and this band's name and album art it seems like something I could really like, thanks alot.
Great review, have a pos.

Tyler
Emeritus
May 21st 2006



7926 Comments


Yeah, it's a great album that should appeal both metal and non-metal fans.

/will stop hijacking this review for now.

The Jungler
May 21st 2006



4827 Comments


Yeah, I'm listening to a few of the tracks now, epic.

TheDevilsOwn
May 22nd 2006



91 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I remember a couplle of months ago I picked out this album on Amazon.com randomly expecting some form of black metal, mediocre at that. I didnt like the album at first, mainly because it was nothing like I had expected. I gave it a couple more listens and now I love it. In The Woods is by far one of the most epic bands I have ever heard. Great review too.

Blindguardian
June 5th 2006



186 Comments


sweet review, I'll have to check this out if its as good as you say, especially if it can stand with angel and the dark river

Cravinov13
June 5th 2006



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

These guys pwn My Dying Bride

Wave.Existance.Tears
June 21st 2006



72 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Incorrect: In the Woods... is probably one of the least known bands of the doom metal genre.

Correct: In The Woods... = Melodic/Epic Dark Metal

Dark Metal = Black/Doom

Therefore, this band is not doom. Its a hybrid that transcends genres and metal in general with its brilliant ideas and songwriting chops (as someone mentioned somewhere...)

Will you stop reviewing albums you burnt from me?
Honestly.
You don't even enjoy anything with the word doom in it. You are a nonsensical melodramatic goth that poses as a death metal headbanger. To add injury to insult, you backstab anyone who gives you a chance, tries to be your bud. I see this is how you drown your sorrows.

~~~THANK YOU, AND GOODNIGHT! =D *bows*

Sorry sputnik guys, it was really necessary and this was my only outlet, you can delete the post if you want to, and you can ban me if you want to, I'll live, but it would be nice to check in here and put some obscure reviewers in every once in a blue moon (now that its summer and I have the time.)

~Wave.This Message Edited On 06.21.06

Wave.Existance.Tears
June 21st 2006



72 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Oh, and remember folks:
-I coined "Dracula Vocals" and he stole that from me also.
-I forced him to listen to Solefald until he allowed himself to expand enough to appreciate the music. Same with MDB, and with this. He told me doom in any form sucked because the vocals always suck. His tastes were so poor...
-Which leads to this point. Most of his recent album reviews are albums that he ripped from my cds onto his pc when he were friends. Find something your own, kid. Or something you at least actually LIKE.
Ex: Enslaved-Isa, Solefald-Pills..., this, etc.



Wave.Existance.Tears
June 21st 2006



72 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I guess the review was really good.

But one can be an @sshole and still write a good review based on a formula he bits-and-pieced from others.

Cravinov13
June 23rd 2006



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

^^ Dude, get over it

The Jungler
June 23rd 2006



4827 Comments


Really though, why don't you just right your own review instead of whining.


Still haven't gotten this.
This Message Edited On 06.23.06

Wave.Existance.Tears
June 23rd 2006



72 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Because some people are assholes to the extent that they deserve being put down.

Cravinov13
June 23rd 2006



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I'm so glad you finally decided to come out and admit it to yourself that you are. Now, be a real man and grow up and let good enough be. I don't want to have to be banned for putting up with your childish game.

Wave.Existance.Tears
June 23rd 2006



72 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I know, it would really make you unhappy, right?

Being banned from a forum that kicks you down like a dog...or did last time I checked. And nothing ever changes.

Cravinov13
June 23rd 2006



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I'm not wasting my time with this bullcrap

Neurotoxin
June 23rd 2006



90 Comments


removedThis Message Edited On 06.23.06

Wave.Existance.Tears
June 23rd 2006



72 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

God, you morons are slow...ban me already.

I'll post porn if I must.

TheDevilsOwn
June 24th 2006



91 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

^^ why not just shut up and leave?

Blindguardian
June 24th 2006



186 Comments


Wave sounds like a spurned lover, did you refuse his advances Crav?

Again nice review, cuz ur music is teh h4x



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