Saturday, July 9, 2011


Omens delivers a stellar blackened death metal onslaught. A Hill to Die Upon has offered another precious slab of musical brutality and has simply outdone themselves this time. Omens defines and establishes even more of the Hill sound.

Their now trademark guitar styling’s, shine bright and clear with plenty of attack and power without loosing their definition. It locks in with the towering rhythm section and lifts this sonic assault to new heights.

The Titans (Adam & Michael) take the best of those who’ve gone before them; elements of Immortal, Dimmu Borgir and perhaps even Behemoth throw ‘em in a blender with much passionate intensity and original thought, the final outcome is Omens.

Melodies with strength combined with overwhelming riffs with results such as The Perfection of Evil, Darkness That can be Felt or I Come as Black Fire. Ancient Enemy of Death is haunting and telling. Demonstrating their ability to create art while threatening to go off the rails and explode at any moment. Without a doubt Rex Carroll, who is credited as the studio engineer, offered wise input.

The production is stellar with plenty of space and atmosphere. It feels as though you could get lost in it, a dark cave with many catacombs that lead all to the same place but you might not know it at first. With biting crisp tonalities that add to the musical palette.

Along with Terraphobia’s Evilution, A Hill to Die Upon’s Omens charts another course of extreme metal excellence. One element I preferred on the previous AHTDU release is the artwork. But once you put the disc in the player and start the windmill action that really doesn’t matter does it?

A hearty 8 axe review from this corner, what are you waiting for? Show your support and grab your copy today from your favorite online retailer.

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