OmnisighT — The Power of One
(Bandcamp Warunki Media WM004, 2017, DL)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2017-03-07
January 20, 2017 saw the release of Canadian prog metal band OmnisighT's fourth album The Power of One. OmnisighT is the fearsome and intimidating foursome of Raj Krishna (lead vocals and guitars), Chris Warunki (drums), Dave Shannon (bass and backing vocals), and Blake Rurik (lead guitar). I must confess that prog metal is not my genre and I find much of OmnisighT’s sonic assault, gutsy bass, aggressive drumming, and guitar shredding extremely exhausting! I also found it difficult to get into the challenging vocal melodies as they seem to be trying too hard to be different, like many of today’s prog bands. The song “Seven Sisters” provides somewhat of a respite as it allows space for each musician to stretch without sounding like a sonic barrage. Interestingly towards the end of the song the guitar chords sound a bit like “Foxy Lady.” The high point for me is the instrumental “Fall of the Empire,” which on its own is worth the price of the album. The first minute is a lyrical and melodic guitar solo that morphs into heavy metal with gritty bass and bombastic drumming. And the proggy guitar riffs are augmented by some serious shredding. The closer is the title track lasting about seven minutes. “The Power of One” is mostly instrumental with each vocal stanza lasting about 30 seconds. This is a relatively calm song with Blake Rurik packing the maximum notes and flourishes into each phrase. Definitely for fans of Dream Theater, Tool, Yngwie Malmsteen, and Van Halen.
Related artist(s): OmnisighT
Ennio Morricone RIP – Famed composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91. The creator of scores for more than 500 movies, some of his works have become the most recognizable sounds in the history of cinema. His soundtracks for Sergio Leone's Westerns made from 1964 to 1971, are iconic landmarks in film music, but he also composed for dramas, comedies, and other genres. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2016 for The Hateful Eight. » Read more
Keith Tippett RIP – One of the giants of British jazz has left us. Keith Graham Tippetts, known professionally as Keith Tippett, died today at the age of 72. His work from the late 60s into the 70s and beyond includes some of the greatest jazz produced in the UK, and stands as an impressive oevre to this day. » Read more
Phil May of The Pretty Things RIP – We were saddened to learn that Phil May, lead singer and founding member of The Pretty Things, has died at the age of 75. The band's 1968 album S.F. Sorrow is one of the enduring classics of the psychedelic era, and the group existed in various forms until finally retiring in 2018. » Read more