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Review: Macabre Omen - Gods of War - At War
Macabre Omen
Gods of War - At War

Label: Van Records
Year released: 2015
Duration: 61:14
Tracks: 8
Genre: Pagan Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: May 19, 2015
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Gods of War - At War

Rated 4.35/5 (87.06%) (17 Votes)

Second album for this long-running band originally from the island of Rhodes, now calling London home. Despite this, their attitude and lyrical focus is all Hellenic, and they have channelled the ten-year wait since their first disc into a beast of an album.

The major touchstone for this is Bathory, as even the recording job reminds me of Twilight of the Gods, and the songs are big, deep-breathing, expansive works all between six and nine minutes long. The riffs are maybe not as good as Quorthon's, but few are. The songs are melodic and engage with sweeping riffs and big structures that carry them through their long running times with ease. The album is over an hour, but it doesn't really feel like it.

If you wanted to call this Hammerheart, only about the Greek Age of Heroes, I would not say you were full of shit. An epic and gripping mix of Bathory crunch with more melodic Pagan Black Metal like Nokturnal Mortum's The Voice of Steel, this is a pounding, steel-smoldering riff-fest of massive proportions. Definitely recommended.

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