As I mentioned, the album starts off sounding very similar to the Gothenburg brand of death metal. Heavily aggressive riffage and drum work, cookie monster vocals, a smattering of keyboard mixed amidst the chaos, it all sounds very familiar. But wait a second . . . there it is . . . a nifty little time change to fuck with the rhythm. Excellent touch! Oh . . . and there’s the melody. Oh yeah. Great guitar solo and a massive break down that gets the body swaying back and forth. “Nail” is actually a pretty bitchin’ tune and an ideal album opener. Clocking in at just under four minutes, this tune has pretty much everything going on in it, and y’all should know by now how I love my metal to be dynamic. “A Shadowkey” and “Chameleon Skin” follow much of the same formula as the opener, and I get the sense that these three songs act as a kind of warm up for the rest of the album. All good tunes featuring some fantastic musicianship, but they seem to lack that je ne sais quoi.
Simply put, The Red Shift grew on me. Sure, I liked the beginning of the album, but it wasn’t until I got through the last track that I recognized that this album is a brilliant piece of metal art. The metal genre should feel blessed that there are bands like Omnium Gatherum plugging away out there. Without them, the genre would simply be one Disturbed after another, and we can’t have that now, can we? The emotion packed into The Red Shift is in your face and the band has done a marvelous job of expressing the pain, the hope, the struggle, and the inspiration that life truly is. Produced by the great master knob twirler and death metal pioneer, Dan Swano, The Red Shift reflects the world that we all know, yet sometimes fear facing. Not the socio-political fears, but the everyday fears of facing a day brimming with love, lost dreams, and failure. Emotional fears that scar each and every one of us to some degree. Great job, guys . . . look for me perusing your back catalog (this is apparently their fourth album,) you’ve converted another one! - Pope JTE
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