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Rooms Of Anguish

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An album by Power Of Omens and The Knights

Founded in 1994,Texas based Power of Omens have gone through quite a few changes as well as having to overcome several obstacles throughout the years.All their struggles have led to a pair of critically acclaimed albums.Their debut 'Eyes Of The Oracle' … see full wiki

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masterful prog-metal.

  • Jul 24, 2006
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+5
Power of Omens is the pinnacle of prog-metal -- quite likely, it is perfect for some listeners but unbearable for others. To get an idea of what this band sounds like, imagine if Queensryche had started listening to Yes, Triana, and Atheist instead of Pink Floyd, they might have wound up like this. They have a true Geoff Tate clone for a singer -- i know this has been said idly about prog-metal singers before, but this guy ACTUALLY is a Geoff Tate clone. I swear, when I first heard this band back with their debut album, I thought Geoff Tate had gotten his act together and joined an epic, intense prog-metal band! The music is spectacular -- it's too bad circumstances prevented this band from getting more exposure. Songs are mostly around 8-10 minutes, with a 20-minute epic to anchor the finale. Music is heavily influenced by tech-metal but it does a very good job absorbing the soaring, memorable vocals of good prog-metal with music that is wholly unique and well mapped onto the general approach. The music is hyper-technical, like Spiral Architect technical, but there is nothing like these guys. the balsy vocal melodies are much superior to the norm in this field, the music tight and well structured, rife with long instrumental passages showing solos and interplay. I mentioned Triana above, which is because the band has a fairly unique flamenco influence which appears throughout their music. And the drummer, Alex Arellano -- stylistically, he can be described as Mark Zonder on crack -- and speed and anything else that makes you fast and crazy. His drumming is ultra over-the-top, but it fits in context -- he never slows down (even when the rest of the music does!!), and even after all these years, all the great drummers i've heard, i cannot understand how he plays these drum parts. Most interesting of all, he has a very 'jazz-like' approach to engaging the other instruments throughout the songs. Rather than rocking or grooving, he steps into the tech-prog-metal maelstrom with the guitars and goes beyond rhythmic backing to a genuine force of nature within the music itself. Plus, the band has another thing that makes them special among technical prog-metal -- really memorable melodies! how often does one listen to a band of this sort and say, "damn, these boys can write SONGS!" (and believe me, i am a total whore for sheer prog-ness). Amazon only seems to sell their second album here, _Rooms of Anguish_. I also recommend their incredible debut, _Eyes of the Oracle_ -- it's even better, believe it or not, and it has the greatest progmetal epic i've ever heard, "Test of Will" -- which blows "A Change of Seasons" off the map and is probably one of my all-time favorite songs. recommended highly! very highly. don't let this excellent band wallow in obscurity forever.

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Label: Metal Ages Records
Release Date: April 4, 2004

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