Omnium Gatherum – The Redshift

Omnium Gatherum are a melodic death metal band from Finland. They have a couple of albums under their belt, including Spirits And August Lights (2003), Stuck Here On Snakes Way (2007) and The Redshift (2008). Subject of this review is their third studio record, entitled The Redshift.

This is the album that got me into Omnium Gatherum and with good reason. Although they play melodic death metal they manage to spice it up with progressive elements and a certain feeling of melancholy that is typical for Finnish bands like Insomnium, Swallow The Sun, Barren Earth and Amorphis. This album starts with three piercing melodic death metal tracks in the form of Nail, A Shadow Key and Chameleon Skin.

Things start to change from No Breaking Point. That particular song has this weird rock and roll vibe to it and it’s also the first song with some prominent keyboard parts in it. The Return, Shapes And Shades and The Red Shifter are still rather harsh songs, but they have this Amorphis vibe through them and are considerable more “prog” than the first three songs.

Green Eyes and The Flame show a more melancholic side of Omnium Gatherum and Song For December is a beautiful instrumental song which reminds me heavily of Anathema in their Judgement days. Distant Light Highway shows the band at their most diverse and it serves as a worthy closer of The Redshift.

The mixing and mastering duties are expertly handled by Dan Swanö (Opeth, Katatonia) which gives The Redshift its excellent sound.

On this album Omnium Gatherum dare to venture into uncharted waters, especially on the second half of The Redshift. It’s a splendid album and certainly way more interesting than the recent output by In Flames and Dark Tranquillity to a lesser extent.

Written by Raymond Westland

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