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New World Shadows by Omnium Gatherum

New World Shadows by Omnium Gatherum

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While the same old melodic death metal bands appear to reap all the fame and glory, year after year, Finland’s Omnium Gatherum have eked a living out of being underrated, sneaking up on unsuspecting listeners who stumble upon their albums and ultimately converting them to their cause, almost without fail. Released in 2011, New World Shadows — the group’s fifth studio outing but first for German label Lifeforce — adds another chapter to this curious career arc, once again boasting a wealth of compelling new songs, even though their core ingredients rarely deviate from type. As such, energized post-Gothenburg nuggets like “Ego,” “Nova Flame,” and “The Distance” (all heavily influenced by vintage In Flames) charge along on the usual deathly combinations of bowl-churning grunts, agile guitar picking, and frantic drum tattoos. But, in all honesty, beyond the abundant synths and keyboards nestled among them, adding textural…

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