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Review: Omaïnen - Routes to Nowhere
Routes to Nowhere

Label: Independent
Year released: 2009
Duration: 19:51
Tracks: 4
Genre: Power/Thrash

Rating: 2.25/5

Review online: August 9, 2009
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Routes to Nowhere

Rated 3.2/5 (64%) (15 Votes)

Routes to Nowhere is a new demo for Paris-based Omaïnen, a bit odd considering they released a full-length album a few years ago. Overall I'm a bit underwhelmed by this released, even though it does have its moments. The band plays some rather tame but OK Power/Thrash – basically Power Metal served with a good dose of Thrash parts which incidentally give it a bit of an aggressive edge musically, and clean – very clean – vocals. This is one thing that's been driving me nuts: The vocalist reminds me of another band, but I can't for the life of me remember what band it was –I think it was some Progressive Metal band I heard a few years back.

While we're on the vocals, I've got mixed feelings about them. Oftentimes it sounds like the vocals are singing along to some other piece of music – they just don't fit, while at other times they fit like a gloves, and some of the vocal melodies are simply great, just flowing along and sticking in your mind for hours after hearing them. Very uneven performance.

On the music side, it's also mixed feelings: A lot of this stuff sounds disjointed, sometimes as if they were just jamming and improvising without really listening to each other, sometimes just going on and on with a repetitive "tom-tom-tom…" for very uninteresting passages. Then, all of a sudden, here comes a great slab of metal with some actual meat on it, with blazing soloing as a bonus. So for nearly 20 minutes, we get everything from boring, to multiple-personality-disorder, to massive "rulage." If anything this demo shows that the guys have the talent to play, but there's a little problem when it comes to putting entire songs together – hopefully something that'll get corrected soon enough.

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