|Review: Ominous Eclipse - Sinister|
Year released: 2018
Review online: December 8, 2018
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 3/5 (60%) (2 Votes)
Ottawa's Ominous Eclipse present a pretty decent slab of melodic death/thrash on their second album, Sinister. There are a lot of good ideas throughout and even a few memorable bits but I find the band tries a to go into too many different directions and, as a result, the album sounds disjointed at times. Taking each song as a single entity, however, one can hear a lot of different influences from early '80s Iron Maiden all the way to Swedish melodic death metal (Gothenburg style) with some more progressive or weird parts that take from the likes of Gojija (in all honesty, not being a fan, I wouldn't have thought of them if it hadn't been for the press release; it sounded vaguely familiar but I had to go back to one of their albums to confirm). The vocals are mostly "lightweight growls" that sound a bit same-y throughout but that doesn't take anything away from the vocalist's skills. Ominous Eclipse may be on to something if they can steer their ship in less directions and focus a bit more to make the next album more focused.
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