5 July 2015

Omni Dimensional - Matter: Part I to VII

I think this is probably the first time I have revisited a band after cover roulette!  Well it is another release from the one-man odyssey called Omni Dimensional who you may remember from our review of 'Spherical' (cleverly linked here). So for a brief recap about the band (directly lifted from the last blog - 'From what I can read about this band, it is just one man called Joe Yeates who is based in Gloucester; according to his Facebook the band has been going since 2013 and lists bands such as Meshuggah, Architects and Volumes as influences just to name a few'. Now the last release was very popular with us, it did have a few things which were not quite working but this did not stop it being a very impressive release.  Well a few months ago, the third release from the band was unveiled to the world and change was a foot with the band; for starter they had pulled their work from Amazon, Spotify and other sites and it is being released FOR FREE on Bandcamp.  This is a brave move, but also a clever one as well; it might have been that this was the platform which gave the best results from this project and it is easier to reach more people.  Whatever the reason, it was good to find another release from this act - but has it came too soon or is the fast approach the best for Omni Dimensional?  Well, let’s find out.....

This is a seven track release which is split into various parts; all with a very natural and worldly theme with the first one being called "Pt I: The Moon".  This starts with an organ sound fading gently in and it is all very calm and relaxing, it is a bit mystical and lets the listener relax.  But is ends all of a sudden and "Pt II: The Sea" comes crashing in (for want of a better word) on the listener and the influences of Meshuggah and (for my ears) a lot of Devin Townsend comes back to mind and you are being tossed around like a bottle that is in the ocean.  The song is easy to be lost in, with the odd siren horn to guide the listener back on track when you are struggling to find yourself after you sink into the track.  The track then effortlessly drops into the third track called "Pt III: The Lights", when you this starts with all the intense power of "Pt II: The Sea" and it feels like a beautiful extension that gives way to a shimmering gentle solo that feels as if it ready to burst back into life with a slab of progressive/mathcore metal which is does perfectly.  As the final notes drift gentle away into the next song which is called "Pt IV: The Sun" and it has a very gentle beginning, it is all so serene for the first two minutes or so and then with a sense of inevitability the riffs start to rain down on the listener.  But whilst it might start with an explosion, it is a gentle one that waits for a while before the manic riffs come in; even then there is a brilliant bridging chorus section that is very uplifting (as the first half of this record has been), it does also mix the styles together with very effective results and you do not feel the actual length of the song as it is so easy to let yourself be immersed it the music - it is a great number on this record. 

After that nine minute plus monster of a track, we have the even longer "Pt V: The Earth" to sink our teeth into.  Once more, it links straight in from the last song effortlessly and the strumming/reverb guitar is the first signal that there has actually been a change in number.  Then comes a guitar sound which I thought was actually a bag-pipe for a few seconds until I listened harder.  It is all about the build on this track (much like "Pt IV: The Sun") and the slowing down of the riff is very interesting to hear on the record.  In the middle it falls back to the quiet and subtle dynamic which was used the beginning of the song before it explodes once more on the number, it does not lose focus and (much like "Pt IV: The Sun") you do not feel the length of the track.  The penultimate number is called "Pt VI: The System" and it emerges from the feedback of "Pt V: The Earth" with all guns blazing; the riff does swim around very beautifully and the power of the opening rides all the way through this song.  The drone nature of this riff is the secret here, you can focus on it whilst everything else starts to fly around and then it moves into mystical mode once more at the half way point of the song.  The drums sound as if they are being played miles away and it is all cloudy until the titan-like riff-age explodes once more that it is a powerful mixture of riff age and powerful drumming. Ending the album is "Pt VII: The Way" which comes like a gentle leaf floating onto a pond, it is designed to guide you down after the fury of the last few numbers and it does it with ease and style.

This is another fine release from Omni Dimensional and I am not saying that because of his new business strategy; I would have paid for this normally anyway.  It feels like it flows a lot better than 'Spherical' and none of the tracks feel as if they really should have been merged into one.  Whilst I have named a top track below, this is an album that works better being listened to in one go and not as separate tracks; each track links into the next with effortless ease and whilst they can all be listened to on their own, it is much more effective as a whole.  What more can I say other than this - get it now, get it now, get it now!

9 out of ten - Almost perfect, almost....

Top track - Pt IV: The Sun

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You can download the album for FREE - that is right, Omni Dimensional are giving this away - at their Bandcamp page here

No need to add streaming services, you can get it for free!!!!

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