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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: 4.25/5

Review online: July 10, 2015
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating
Gods of War - At War

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

Currently a 2-piece, Greek Pagan/Black Metal band Macabre Omen has been around since 1994. The band relocated from the island of Rhodes to London, England in 1998 as a one-man band.

On the band's debut album, The Ancient Returns, released in 2005, they had a line-up consisting of three members but that lasted barely two years. The only founding member of Macabre Omen, Alexandros, continued the band on his own. 2013 was the turning point for Macabre Omen when a guy named Tom Vallely sat down behind the batteries. Macabre Omen had new material in the works and Germany's Ván Records got to hear it, resulting in a record deal.

Gods of War - At War, the lengthy second album from Macabre Omen, is actually a great piece of work combining Bathory's Hammerheart and Moonsorrow-like Pagan Metal. It's epic, it's powerful, it's pompous, it's dark and pagan-sounding and, most importantly, it's a thoroughly ambitious and well-crafted affair. The duo responsible for Macabre Omen's second album has clearly digested some Bathory and Moonsorrow albums before putting down their battleaxes and working on Gods of War - At War. I could write down a couple of dozen good reasons why you should check out this excellent album but instead of using some fancy words I suggest you to go to their Bandcamp page where you can be the judge yourself. Fair enough, right?

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