Deathscapes of the Subconscious

In nature, the hunter always at some point becomes the hunted or to use another analogy the student becomes the master. Pick your terrible analogy, but it applies to metal all the time. Some younger hungrier, more talented acts eventually surpasses their peers after looking up at the pedestal. it is the natural order, an new king must be crowned. Whatever.You get the idea. Such is the case with Oregon’s Omnihility and their more than obvious influence; Origin.

I remember hearing Omnihility’s relatively unheralded 2012 debut, Biogenesis a while ago when I picked it up as blind purchase as part of a Blast Head Records order. Upon hearing it, it was instantly blatant that these guys worshiped Origin, and what a great fit they would be on Unique Leader Records. Heck, even the album cover and color palate screamed Origin and they had the same sort of sci fi-ish lyrical themes. And here we are, two years later with their second effort, on Unique Leader Records and it’s a scorcher.

Now, to Origin’s credit, after a four album run that arguably sits atop the genre for such a span (Informis, Infinitas, Inhumanitas, Echoes of Decimation, Antithesis and Entity) they branched out a little and experimented with a little more pace and control on Omnipresent. And there is nothing wrong with that. But Omnihility has picked up the mantle and ran with it delivering a sweep filled, tech hyper speed blast fest that would give Jon Longstreth a boner.

A pretty major line up shuffle between albums has not hampered the band’s style or influence, and don’t get me wrong, there isn’t a whole lot of outside influences here. There are no clean vocals or  experimental parts (there are two, short, throwaway acoustic breaks) a la label mates Inanimate Existence, this is a pure, gravity blast filled ferocity with low end growls and a few stern grooves thrown in, but not many.

From opener “Molecular Resurrection” to penultimate track “Divine Evisceration” the album is pretty much relentless. Other than the rather nifty title track which has a small piano piece and a slower, regal closing march, the album shreds with the skin peeling force of an F4 tornado hitting a nail an razor blade making factory.  And the band isn’t ashamed of wearing their Origins on their sleeves. If you don’t trust me, just listen to the sweep laden “Disseminate” (I mean c’mon), or “The Unnamable”. And as with many of their peers and contemporaries,the production is a but dry and bassless, but that’s par for the course, leaving the whirling dervish guitars as the deserved, brutally complex focal point.

As I mentioned this isn’t  as progressive as label mates Inanimate Existence or Fallujah and not quite as good as the SoreptionDeathscapes of the Subconscious is one of the best of Unique Leader’s killer 2014 crop, and one of the best, pure tech death records of 2014 and better than Origin’s Omnipresent. Yep I said it.

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Written by Erik T
August 7th, 2014


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