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Grey Heavens

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Grey Heavens
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Type: Full-Length
Release Date: February 19th, 2016
Genre: Death, Melodic
1. The Pit
2. Skyline
4. Majesty And Silence
5. Rejuvenate!
6. Foundation
7. The Great Liberation
8. Ophidian Sunrise
9. These Grey Heavens
10. Storm Front

Review by Adam M on October 13, 2016.

Omnium Gatherum continues the refinement of their wares on Grey Heavens. The resulting sound is warm and full of life. This album is the logical continuation of what they started a long time ago and shows the band flex its muscles in even more interesting directions. Frontiers shows Omnium Gatherum at the peak of their abilities with its memorable chorus section. However, the band is stuck in something of a rut as it refuses to progress in really interesting directions. This is merely a continuation of their legacy, but not something entirely new and original.

Still, it must be said that Omnium Gatherum are good at the style they perform and this is close to the quality of the newest Insomnium album. The competition between these bands is now at a frantic peak. The problem is that where Insomnium decided to push in an interesting new direction, Omnium Gatherum continues to stick to the guns that they employed on previous albums. The ability of the band is unquestionable, however, as they hit breathtaking riff after riff. It is hard to fault the melodicism and power that are on display here. There are simply a number of memorable moments that further solidifies this band as a leader in the melodic death metal movement. When one of these moments is achieved an incredible climax can be assured. The music still has a massive amount of powerful momentum that continues to astonish and intrigue. The band is still trying to figure out how to surpass their moment of glory, New World Shadows, however and like Insomnium’s newest output, this fails to do so. It is even in the shadows of the new Be’lakor album, which has a bit more of an epic component to its sound.

However, the melodic death masters are able to push out more quality material and it must be said that Grey Heavens is another quality entry in a great discography.

Rating: 8 out of 10