OMEN - The Curse LP
Omen's 1984 effort Battle Cry was and is considered a pretty seminal release for USPM, both early and influential, as well as consistently excellent, with a relentlessly manic energy, seamless guitar harmonies, and a superior performance from vocalist J.D. Kimball that would put most other bands to shame. The interesting thing about Omen's first three albums is that there was a slight shift towards a simpler, catchier, and yet in some ways more progressive approach throughout their duration. There is a marked, if subtle, difference between both the first and second albums and second and third albums, respectively. Warning of Danger began to introduce some variety and more progressive elements with the semi-ballad "Don't Fear the Night" and the ambitious "Hell's Gates". They continued to follow this pattern with The Curse, particularly with the song "Holy Martyr" which, like "Hell's Gates" was more progressive musically and lyrically than the standard Omen material. Kimball sounds excellent as usual here, and the album is pretty varied, with slower, darker songs like the title track and "Eye of the Storm", classic Omen songs like "Destiny" and "Bounty Hunter", and the mid-paced epic "Teeth of the Hydra".
LTD.ED. "MB ORIGINALS" series 180g BLACK Vinyl + large 2-sided poster + insert.
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