2011 Bombworks Records
01. Darkness That Can Be Felt
02. The Perfection of Evil
03. Adept in Divinity
04. The Chant of Mighty Offspring
05. Heka Primus (Ordo Norma Mysterium)
06. I Come As Black Fire
08. May the Thing Be Destroyed
09. Satan, Your Kingdom Must Come Down
10. Ancient Enemy of Death
Media: Jewel Case (8 panel insert and lyrics)
Package: BRAND NEW Item – shipped in the original factory-sealed poly wrap
The band's sophomore release, "Omens" was recorded at Girder Mode Studios (engineered by Whitecross guitar hero, Rex Carroll) and Mixed & Mastered in Sweden by Erik Tordsson (Crimson Moonlight fame) giving the album a pedigree of greatness worthy of a band who has consistently won the hearts of critics and fans alike!
Their war-metal, anti-blasphemous, Eastern-tinged blackened death metal features Adam's vocals as hoarse and commanding as ever, like a powerful Old Testament Biblical prophet summoning forth the power of the Almighty; the lyrics a dark but hope-filled testament to the ancient times of humanity and religion. Michael's drumming is as blisteringly fast as ever, with lightning fast double bass kicks, sharp, machine gun snares, and blastbeats galore. Equally intense are Elisha's guitars, switching from tremolo picking to death metal riffing with sheer precision and mastery-solos that are both technical and fitting.
The word that comes to mind when listening to "Omens" is majestic. The drums and guitars ebb and flow in a wave of death metal that is not only technical and brutal in its execution, but melodious and alluring, no doubt enhanced by the excellent production of the album.
"Omens" is a testament to the band's skill, showing us a more mature and able band who has mastered their craft of writing epic song structures, blistering blackened death metal and offering up a juicy slab of technical music that doesn't sacrifice melody and feeling for sheer brutality. Within a three year period, AHTDU has released two albums that prove black metal does not have to be a parody of itself, but can be powerful, intelligent, as well as pulverizing.
If you're a death metal fan, you need this album as you do water. For those that aren't too keen on brutal music, you may find "Omens" to be quite a treat - give it a shot! For fans of Dimmu Borgir, 1349, Behemoth, Vader, Hate!