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Omegavortex - Black Abomination Spawn [Invictus Productions - 2012]

Long running (in one name or another) German blackened death outfit, Omegavortex, release their debut full-length, Black Abomination Spawn. Grim and mighty, the nine tracks on display showcase the band's vile artistry and charred death. A brilliant mix of new and old, Omegavortex use their skills to push the genre forward while wearing their influences heavily on their sleeves

Opening with reckless abandon, the noisy, grinding fury of Omegavortex spews forth and unleashes vile, grim metal upon the masses. Like Altars of Madness cranked up to 11, Black Abomination Spawn churns and bubbles with evil, chaotic fury, matching speed with darkness, and skill with noise. While on the surface, this album sounds like a slice straight out of the early 90's, when the grim is wiped away, one can hear inventive and modern takes on this old genre. Like building a computer completely out of wood, this new construction formed with older material adds textures that not only deepen the material but play at the listener's nostalgia, and that's a force to be reckoned with. Adding to the time warp quality is the fuzzy, mid-fi cleanliness of the recording. Done is such a way to obscure and add that black metal flavor, the fuzzyish recording is by no means a comment on the recording itself (it sounds really good), but rather the atmosphere being evoked by Omegavortex. This is the perfect backdrop for the blistering drums, spastic, shredding guitars, and the vile, vocal utterances. Black Abomination Spawn is pure, unadulterated metal, crushing to the core, and ticks all the boxes. Often volatile and eruptive, this slice of heavenly heavy metal is sure to please any 'head that is into the dark and dexterous.

It should come as no surprise that Omegavortex's debut, Black Abomination Spawn is a scorcher - they've been around for a long time. The metal on display is both horrifying and heartwarming, and that's a perfect combination. A victory in vileness, Black Abomination Spawn is sure to shatter speakers and bang heads.

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Paul Casey
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