Review 1742 : Omnium Gatherum – Slasher – English

Omnium Gatherum releases a new EP!

After a ninth album in 2021 for their twenty-five years anniversary, the band composed of Markus Vanhala (guitar, Insomnium, I Am the Night), Aapo Koivisto (keyboards, Marianas Rest), Jukka Pelkonen (vocals, ex-Elenium), Mikko Kivistö (bass, Pain Confessor), Atte Pesonen (drums, Anger Cell, ex-Whispered) and Nick Cordle (guitar, ex-Arsis, ex-Arch Enemy…) announces the release of Slasher.

Slasher, the first track, immediately reminds us how the contrast between Death Melodic riffs tinged with energetic Thrash and soaring keyboards is striking, especially when the mixture is joined by this powerful voice. Clean voice will come to soothe the atmosphere, which will immediately become more festive with Maniac, a dark cover of Michael Sembello, originally interpreted with Electro-Pop sounds forty years ago. The version of the Finns is relatively successful and catchy, even if the song’s background can lead to smile, then the band continues its way while developing jerky and catchy riffs again while the vocal parts guide us in the aggressive sound on Sacred, an original track. Keyboards come once more to soften the waves of violence, and we will have this same haunting approach with Lovelorn, the last track of the EP, which will bring a touch of slowness accompanied by airy leads while screams resound and riffs keep their heaviness.

Omnium Gatherum always perfectly knows what they’re doing when it comes to Melodic Death, and the band doesn’t hesitate to prove it with Slasher, whether it’s on original tracks or the cover!


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