Album Review: Omen-Hammer Damage
By: Shane Manning
Hailing from Dallas, Texas Omen emerges with “Hammer Damage”. Though they are seasoned veterans of the Metal world, this album defines
what Metal should be.
Kenny Powell delivers stunning guitar rhythms and blistering riffs that leave you wanting more.
Kevin Goocher on vox takes you on a journey to the inner beginnings of Metal. Tracks “Caligula” and “Cry Havoc” exemplify his vocal range.
Andy Haas on bass is thunderous and intense, especially in the beginning of “Hellas”. His style is smooth, yet edgy enough to handle Kenny’s riffs.
Steve Wittig on drums is another journey. Deep, solid bass drum with punchy snare and crashing symbals is just what is needed to complete the sound that defines Omen.
Metal has in some respects gotten away from its roots. Omen takes you on that magic carpet ride to where Metal should be. You get a sense of your youth with Hammer Damage. Blistering riffs, musicianship and a quality sound to the music. This is the Metal we idolize and want more of. You don’t just listen to this album, you experience it. You feel the power of each crash of the symbal, note in the riffs and high in the vox.
There is no reinventing here. Only solidifying a foundation in Metal!