Omnium Gatherum - _Spirits and August Light_
(Rage of Achilles, 2003)
by: Pedro Azevedo (
When you have released a damn good debut EP and are about to record
your first full-length, what should you do? Concentrate on writing
enough new material for the album, or write just over half an hour of
new music and re-record a couple of nifty tracks from the EP? I find
it penalizing for both the fans who had purchased the original EP and
the sales of said debut disc (which might have otherwise been boosted
by people enjoying the full-length and going back to buy the EP as
well). Either way, Omnium Gatherum (or their label) have decided to
capitalize on a couple of very good tracks from the highly commendable
_Steal the Light_ EP -- though I wonder why they left out "Candles for
Giordano Bruno" while they were at it. The new Omnium Gatherum
material is somewhat punchier, though it remains firmly rooted in
melodic death metal. The Finns employ some relatively subtle synth
higlights and remain catchy as ever, though not by using repetitive
clean vocal choruses a la Soilwork. The fact that the new material all
but ends after track six (which is followed by the two re-recordings
and one last track that seems to have been mixed at a slightly lower
volume) subtracts from the album's value for the money if you
already have the EP. However, it remains very difficult to deny the appeal
of OG's highly energetic, memorable and invigorating metal. A proper
full-length where they can consistently reproduce the best of the form
they've shown so far should be awaited with bated breath.
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