OMNIUM GATHERUM - Years In Waste
March 30, 2005, 14 years ago
Back like a defiant, irascible scourge, invisible veterans Omnium Gatherum continue to build upon their reputation as the Dark Tranquillity of Finland, in sort of below the radar miniature. No mistake, this is the junior band with the most death thrashin' potential, and why that is has a lot to do with the fact that the band's motivations are impervious to criticism. No ghey NWOUSM melodies for these guys, but still, there' a fair bit of melody. Only thing is, where this melody goes is somewhat spooky, say toward Evergrey or Opeth, rather than some tangle inside American emo hardcore corporate radio. No, what Omnium Gatherum get up to - when not building a wall of fast, uncompromising, precise Swedish-style thrash - is a sort of spooky progressive, psychedelic, gothic sense of atmosphere. On punished mic, Antti Filppu offers a hollowed-out, hoarse presence, like he's been exhorting you to believe until the campaign trail faithful have to strain to hear him, knowing they must, because it's important. Very rhythmic, very dramatic, very Finnish, Years In Waste sounds like the solemn work of a Soilwork with permanent scowls.