When Reasons Collapse – Omen Of The Banshee

Rating: 2.5/5
Distributor/label: N/A
Released: 2018
Buy Album: https://www.whenreasonscollapse.com/product-page/omen-of-the-banshee-lp
Band Website: https://www.whenreasonscollapse.com/

BAND LINE-UP:

Thierry – Guitar
Cristina Alves – Vocals
Julien – Guitar
Guillaume – Drums
Michaël – Bass

TRACKLISTING:

1. Escape
2. Lies Of God
3. Sirens
4. Omen Of The Banshee
5. This Life A Curse
6. Delirium Of Negation
7. The Raven
8. ∆. [Orpheus] 9. Lost

REVIEW

There’s an old saying that alludes to every individual that walks this planet being inherently unique; no one is quite like you. It’s a wonderful notion, but it’s a shame that this exaltation of individuality cannot be applied to music so much. In an age where the furthest corners of the earth can be heard over the internet, the chances of happening across an act that is truly unique lessens. Somewhere, at some point, a musical trait has been done before.

The frustration that can come of this is that perfectly good music can just feel a little flat when there’s been a glut of it. Case in point, WHEN REASONS COLLAPSE’s newest release “Omen Of The Banshee”. On the surface, it’s more than adequate metalcore, with all the trimmings. Breakdowns, caustic screams, a subtle uplift, chug-chug-chugga-widdly-widdly-wee riffs – it’s all here. Yet it’s stepping out into a saturated market – metalcore’s been a mainstream mainstay for a good decade-and-a-half now, so there needs to be something exceptional in order to step forth from the pack.

Sadly, “Omen Of The Banshee” struggles to feel distinguished amongst the vast amount of other acts within the metalcore club, but it really shouldn’t. The riffs are there: “Sirens” opens to delightfully chunky power chords before tearing into some groovy tech, whilst the opening of “Δ. [Orpheus]” simply rips with machine-gun drumming and thunderous guitars. In fact, that amounts to the album’s highlight – a bankable cut of metalcore if ever there was one.

Yet that’s just it – it’s bankable metalcore, but doesn’t offer anything else to the party. Sure, there’s a variety of riffs and different flavours to sample across the album, but it still feels rather familiar. Granted, familiar can feel safe and comforting, but it can also increase the yearning for something new and innovative. What “Omen Of The Banshee” does throughout its course, it does well enough, but the creeping sense of déjà vu with the widdly riffs and breakdowns sets one’s perception firmly to “underwhelming”. Less a collapse, more a weary sagging.

At the end of the day, if you’re looking for a solid metalcore fix, you could do worse than WHEN REASONS COLLAPSE. Their sophomore release is focused, well-executed and a sure-fire pit-starter live. But for a few innovations, or even a few turns of light and shade, “Omen Of The Banshee” would be a stellar listening experience. Yet with the same tried and trusted traits present on the majority of releases within the genre, the band’s voice is somewhat lost amongst a strict echo chamber.

REVIEW BY:

LEE CARTER

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