OMEGA REIGN - ARISE (Itchy Music)
(Review by Stefan)
Formed back in 1998 by guitarist Gene Felix, New Bedford-Boston based Omega Reign released its new album “Arise” through Itchy Metal Entertainment a while ago. According to myself, always a pleasure and honour spreading the word of highly appreciating US Metal bands. With a band like Omega Reign, I feel really comfortable… their way of Metal delivery means a lot to me !
During the first years of existence, Omega Reign shared many stages with legendary acts like Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top, George Lynch (Dokken), WASP and numerous others. Right from the very beginning, they had a mission to complete… to bring Metal to the masses in which they succeeded, at least in their homeland America. Here in Europe, I guess that most people are unfamiliar with this great band and that’s a damn shame to me. I consider myself as a lucky bastard because I got the opportunity to contact these guys via Internet. Metal To Infinity webzine Belgium might be a humble homepage but what we do, we do it with everlasting passion for grateful gems like US Metal in general. That’s why Omega Reign fits perfectly on our website so let’s start talking about their brilliant “Arise” effort!
First song on the list is called “Will The Light Come”, a good opener that starts with a pleasant portion of catchy, melodic guitar lead… a few minutes later on the great voice of ex-Sleight Of Mind singer Hank Parry take command as a real leader of the ship. Both guitarists deliver mighty Heavy Metal riffs in a classic way, the solo’s are really outstanding and as soon as frontman HP start to use his throat more high pitched, all sees Metal tracks perfect to me… first song, first slap in the face! Skipping to the third song ‘Doomsday’, old Flotsam & Jetsam / Anthrax come crossing my mind all because of the fast riffage and Belladonna-esque type of singing. Queensryche reminiscent ‘Prison In Your Eyes’ can be considered as one of the highlights – excellent up-tempo rhythms by the grace of Classic US Metal, strong partnership between both axemen and their constant provision of promising riffs/leads. ‘Nocturnal’ starts to play and the use of keyboards give the song some kind of a dark feel regularly. Classic Heavy Metal riffs and outstanding solo’s in perfect balance with devastating bass lines/superb drum sessions, high vocal delivery… another fantastic composition from Omega Reign, Dio fans will be very pleased with a song like this.
Five songs I’ve heard so far and the band is still able to please me all over but what to expect from the remaining tracks? Queensryche fans better look out for the titletrack, ‘Invisible World/The Eidolon’ is a real pleasure to my US Power Metal ears, worshippers of good old Anthrax/ Metal Church and Flotsam & Jetsam better take a stand for the song called ‘Killer’. Just like the title presented, a real killer one ! That’s about what the second part of “Arise” has in promotion. To what I heard on the album I can only be very satisfied really.
The sound quality of Omega Reign’s “Arise” is satisfying to me, not too polished so the band’s link to the almighty 80s Metal movement is for real. Fans of Savatage, Metal Church, Anthrax (Belladonna era), Deadly Blessing, Queensryche, Oracle, Mercury Rising, Flotsam And Jetsam, … should ordered this masterpiece blindfold? One last appeal to all worldwide record companies: get in touch with Omega Reign and let them sign a major record deal… they need it, they deserve it, these guys are mighty good! http://www.omegareign.com/#
My Points: 90 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish