Omnihility - Biogenesis

Review: Omnihility – Biogenesis

OMNIHILITY
Biogenesis (2012)

USA, Butchered Records, Technical Brutal Death Metal

Omnihility probably heard a lot of the Relapse Records catalog (especially from when they had inserts on the top of CD cases, with pictures of maybe eight albums, that made you think “I want all of these!” – remember those?!) Specifically, this Oregon four-piece heard a lot of Origin and Nile. Which brings up Biogenesis  – this is a delightfully over-the-top technical debut full-length that competes with the best, and calls to mind the finer (and heavier) points of Informis Infinitas Inhumanitas and Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka.

The vocals are of a lower gruff sort, in a menacing and hefty tone reminiscent of Origin. The guitars sound similar to the production of Karl Sanders in the earlier days, especially in the thick lows-between-highs. For example, “Self-Inflicted Rapture” hits those cold, mechanical jaunts that Origin and Nile do so well. The drums have the rapid-fire, full-ballistic assault of John Longstreth, but are at times a bit lower in the mix than I would prefer. Similarly, I would like to hear a little more bass guitar. Samples are used sparingly, and to good effect, to break up the album and add some variety.

The writing often embodies the mind-blurring technicality of Origin, especially in the leads, such as the high-flying solo on “Unsummoned.” Furthermore, “Abscess of Oblivion” is a 2012 incarnation of “Barra Edinazzu” in the way the song closes with a shrieking, high-pitched assault that hits right when you think the song is going to end.

Biogenesis is top-notch techdeath, in the vein of two of the subgenre’s biggest titans. Furthermore, and perhaps more importantly, I am excited to see where Omnihility will go from here. I forecast big things, especially if the band includes more tracks like the powerfully building instrumental album-closer “Remnant 2012.”

Rating: 9/10

Author: Witness to the Void

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