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Classic Review: Omen - Battle Cry
Battle Cry

Label: Metal Blade Records
Year released: 1984
Duration: 36:34
Tracks: 10
Genre: Heavy Metal


Review online: November 1, 2005
Reviewed by: 4th Horseman
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Rated 4.45/5 (88.92%) (74 Votes)

Debut album for one of metal's most cruelly underrated bands. Omen's "Battle Cry" sounds pretty much like any other Omen release (at least from the 80's) – rough, dirty, messy and just straight up mean heavy metal with no bullshit. That really sums up what this awesome band is like. Think cult metal bands such as Manilla Road or Brocas Helm or their modern day version – Ironsword. Omen hail under the same banner of crude and rough heavy metal as the above mentioned, only much better.

Even though the music is more than two decades old, anytime I play "Battle Cry" the songs always sound fresh and highly enjoyable. And that is a tell-tale sign of a classic album that can stand the test of time without any worries whatsoever. You can always count on Omen to give you a good metal beating.

Highly recommended… if only to get a taste of how sheer simplicity and minimalism can be far sweeter than the most expensive and well-played studio efforts.

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