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Review: Omen - Halálfogytiglan

Label: Hammer Records
Year released: 2019
Duration: 38:04
Tracks: 10
Genre: Heavy/Thrash


Review online: October 3, 2019
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
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Rated 3.2/5 (64%) (5 Votes)

Of the six bands named Omen listed on Metal-Archives, this is the one from Hungary that's been around since 1990. They're actually pretty well established and popular in their home country and with this, their 11th studio album, it's easy to see why.

Omen play a nice blend of Traditional and Thrash Metal with a kick of Power Metal thrown in for good measure. The music is bombastic and riff-driven, and the singer has a powerful voice which helped me get used to the fact that they sing exclusively in Hungarian, which can sound a bit weird at first if you don't speak the language. At their best, Omen remind me of Iced Earth at the most menacing, particularly on the mid-paced roller "Amikor még szerelmes voltam" (yes, that was copy/pasted because no, I'm not typing that all out). Despite that fact, the guitar work sounds strikingly like Zakk Wylde's on a few riffs scattered throughout, which is curious enough to make me want to ask guitarists László or Máté about their influences in an interview (easily arranged if they want to reach out ;) )

Overall, if you're looking for energetic, powerful Heavy/Thrash Metal with pedigree and experience to back it up, then Halálfogytiglan will be an album you'll want to get.

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