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  THE OMEGA EXPERIMENT
The Omega Experiment
(Listenable Records)


Xander

Xander


The Omega Experiment

PROG ALERT!!! Opening with a Steve Vai grand intro, befitting of Bill & Ted, then switching into a Devin Townsend riff and melody sets you right up for this album. Vocals are unexpected, there's no harshness, they're quite soft and remind me of some 80s pop rock acts (not in a bad way - and I can't quite place the name of who), so that takes a little bit of getting into. However the attitude and feeling is very happy, vocally and musically. The scales in the solo for first track 'Gift' sweep up and down like a prog ballet of happiness - the journey has begun!

'Stimulus' displays the bands willingness to switch between prog rock and prog metal. Many prog bands will have different styles within a track but I don't recall any switching between the elements of prog rock and prog metal. (Maybe I'm rambling utter nonsense and it's probably just my limited awareness!) The vocal harmonies and layers play a big part in the tracks and certainly lead, accompanied with keys and chunky guitars. Towards the end of 'Stimulus' I'm pretty sure they've stole a bit of Papa Roach, then it goes all sparkly and you can imagine floating around in space, this ten minute track doesn't want to end just yet!.

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'Motion' sounds like what Periphery would do if they wrote a laid back track, only to change midway to a breakdown of vocal layers and sounds. Abruptly interrupted by the monstrous 'Furor', ferocious and furious this track would sit well on Devins 'Deconstruction', even featuring some heavier vocals, with a gliding end into the track 'Bliss' with vocal inserts of phone conversations. 'Karma' again reminds me of Devin but this band is not a rip off, it's just very clear to see a big inspiration of theirs, and regardless we all enjoy a bit of Devin so no harm done. The track then pipes up a notch heavier then down 2 notches, then slower, you get the idea - typical prog adjustments and very enjoyable. It's listenability is very high and easy for those not so keen on prog yet gripping enough for those who are.

Penultimate track 'Terminus' sure won't be ending soon clocking in at 9.30 and is in no hurry, taking it easy throughout. This track is probably the weakest on the album and I've now forgotten what's going on and contradicting my previous statement. Final track, 'Paramount' now comes too late and I've got the urge to switch these last 2 tracks around on my iTunes, as it's a good poppy track and I kinda lost interest during the previous track, what a shame.

As a whole this band really does kick oober proggy bum! And for a duo producing in their bedroom, have done incredibly well as the quality of production and musicianship is incredible. Get the album and switch 'Terminus' to the last track and I promise you'll love it!

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WACKEN WINTER NIGHTS IS HEAVY METAL WONDERLAND

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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.

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Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.



Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.

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MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.

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Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.

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