What I usually say when a band gets signed, by
the time a band puts out their 3rd full-length album you can tell if they
will be around for a while, or if they might fade away. I believe Omnium
Gatherum’s third opus shows that these guys will be around for
a while. They have done enough on their last couple efforts to give fans
of melodic death metal enough to feast on, and that conitues on “Stuck
Here On Snakes Way.” The main ingredient that differs from 2005’s
“Years In Waste” is their new vocalist who joined the band in
2006, Jukka Pelkonen (aka J), formerly of Elenium. J adds an abrasive death
vocal to the fold, maybe more extreme than Antti Filppu. Musically speaking
there are a few parts reminiscent to Katatonia, Anathema, Dark Traquillity,
At The Gates, Devin Townsend, and Amorphis. Many of the key elements for
the band are melodic, heavy, and dynamic, pulling in a little from all those
aforementioned bands into their own creation. A few parts rock out, but
“Stuck Here On Snakes Way” stays mostly aggressive and up-tempo.
The melodic parts can be very pleasing to your ears, while some of the heavy
brutal riffs can be rather pummeling. It’s a nice contrast in their
music; the only problem I see is a couple melodic breaks seem a little abrupt.
But the progressive/melodic solos make up for that. Another proficient release
from Omnium Gatherum!
Reviewed By: Jeffrey D. Adkins