Omnisight – Power Of One [EP]

Right from the first listen, Vancouver prog metallers Omnisight share the classic sound of their metal predecessors such as Black SabbathDream Theater, etc. Opening with Shift The ParadigmPower Of One is an insanely powerful EP full of riff based melodies, harmonies, and intriguing patterns. The guitar solo in Shift The Paradigm is worthy of the most legendary of guitarists. It is interesting to listen to, musically complex, and immediately afterwards, Omnisight has a slower verse in comparison to the rest of the track.

After the very melodic introduction to Power Of OneOmnisight get heavier with Resistance. More musically complicated than the previous track, Resistance uses different rhythms throughout the track, switching from different time signatures as is typical of prog metal.

Seven Sisters follows along the same vein as Resistance, but having two similar tracks next to each other in the track listing make the listener switch off a little bit. Seven Sisters gradually speeds up throughout sections, and it would be interesting to see how Omnisight pull this off in a live performance. Power Of One is an EP which shows their immense musical talent.

The penultimate track, Fall Of The Empire, is a 7 minute instrumental track which starts off with a broken chord introduction, played on acoustic guitars with effects added to make an eery sound, before the introduction of the electric guitars, bass and drums, which play a completely different riff. By 2 minutes in, the listener hasn’t realised that the time has passed, because of the introduction of different melodies for different sections. This variation in the track keeps the listener interested, and is totally typical of prog metal. Some of the themes are repeated throughout the track, keeping the listener hooked. There is even some clean electric guitar in this track!

The final track, Power Of One is another 7 minute track. However, at around the two minute mark, lyrics come in. Having two long tracks next to each other is probably not a good idea for the listener, the only thing that stops the listener giving up on this track is the changing sections, and the different feel of the track.

Perhaps a reshuffle of the track listing would make this EP shine the way it deserves.

[8/10]

Ayreon to perform ‘Once In A Lifetime’ live show for two nights

It’s going to be something that everyone will want to remember. Ayreon Universe will be doing a special two dates which will feature some of your favourite members of favourite artists from the prog metal and technical metal world. From Symphony X to Katatonia, from Nightwish to Blind Guardian, it will surely be a great night as well as a feature from Arjen Lucassen himself. You can check out a clip below of what you might expect.