|Review: Omega Crom - Blood, Steel & Fire|
|Blood, Steel & Fire|
Label: Reversed Records
Year released: 2010
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: May 13, 2012
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
for:Blood, Steel & Fire
Rated 2.5/5 (50%) (14 Votes)
An oddity here from Canadians Omega Crom, a band that have too many influences to mention on their misguided debut. The problem with Blood, Steel & Fire is that its creators didn't quite know what mask to wear when they recorded it. For a start, the quartet lay down a solid foundation of old school 80s Metal with some chunky Power Metal aspirations, which is done with a fair amount of skill. Trouble is, they decide to cut into it at random intervals with a degree of early Death and Thrash Metal that, while rather enjoyable, makes the end result desultory. When it isn't sounding like Into Eternity, the album comes across as an alien mix of Iced Earth, Possessed, 3 Inches Of Blood, and Manowar.
Really, this thing is all over the place, with songs jumping from full-on Thrash assaults to pumping epic anthems, and while this may sound like an invigorating concept, it often falls far from its target, helped little by a thin production and some sloppy playing. Vocally, there is much variety, although the extreme side comes out better, making up for some ghastly falsetto that, quite frankly, sounds like a kitten whose tail has been squeezed a little too hard. In all, there are worse releases out there, but Omega Crom have a long way to go before they perfect their jumble of ideas.
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