OMEGA XENTAURI - TO A DEBT THAT WAS NEVER OURS (Emphyrio Records)
(Review by Sloof)
This disc with almost 70 minutes music of both ethereal and hard rocking, and can be described as a mixture of both symphonic and gothic metal, without any boundaries to creativity and sounds with an important place for the lyrics. That’s the description that I received together with this album from the Belgian band Omega Xentauri, shortened as Omega X.
Well, 70 minutes is quite a long trip, and if an album hasn’t a very high quality standard, there might be a chance that things get bored. Believe it or not, but after 3 minutes I reached my boundaries already, as this album is so dated, so old fashioned and the most important: so tedious and irritating that no one can go for the long run! A few years ago, there was Guantanamo Bay where arrested prisoners of presumably Al Quaida had to listen to Metallica for a whole day, as a kind of torture tactic, but if the Americans were clever, they better choose Omega Xentauri, as I’m sure that the result of confession would be much higher.
My personal pain barrier must be pretty high as I took the risk and listened from opener ‘Fallen From Grace’ until the last seconds of ‘Wipe Away’ in one take and during that process I opened and closed the 4 pages ‘booklet’ several times, in search for clues or directions to get into the band’ vision, but besides some phrases as ‘It’s cold outside, and it’s cold inside, what is the place that I am?’, ‘The shapes that were hidden in the dark’ and ‘Though many years have passed us by’, there is nothing to discover. No musical intellect nor lyrical tour de force, no lyrics that presumed to be important, as said earlier, no pictures, unless one guideline: music and lyrics by Erik Callaerts. Well, this dude is the mainman of Omega Xentauri and he’s also responsible for the guitars on this second release. I visited their website, and it seems like Lotte Verheyt (vocals) is a good looking lady, her vocal capacities are very limited. Another remarkable member is drummer Tom De Vriendt who likes to have facepaint behind the drumkit.
Well, let me conclude that Omega Xentauri have a homemade recording studio, and they might have a lot of fun while experimenting with sounds and instruments, but it would be advisable to keep things indoors.
My rating: 35 / 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