Omnipotence – Praecipitium

Rating: 3/5
Distributor/label: Iron Bonehead
Released: 2018
Buy Album: https://www.recordshopx.com/artist/omnipotence/praecipitium/
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/omnipotenceofdeath/

BAND LINE-UP:

B. Mackie – Guitar & Vocals,
N. Olsson – Guitar,
B. Jones – Bass & Vocals,
T. King – Drums & Vocals.

TRACKLISTING:

1. Paths To Oblivion
2. Composite Forms Of Sound & Thought
3. The Emptiness That Breathes
4. Lethiferous
5. Beyond The Boundaries Of Being

REVIEW

Gather round boys and girls; we’ve another black metal album to review! What do we think we’ll have this time? Judge for yourselves by the following: “a living monument to the absence of light”, “strike at the fabric of time to circumvent and channel innate inconceivable forces (sic)” and “encompass visceral omnipotence within the vast internal realms”. Yep. Your guess is as good as anyone’s.

Lavish language and overwrought, if rather meaningless, descriptions aside, today’s down-and-dirty discourse sees OMNIPOTENCE come under scrutiny. Forged in 2015 from the politeness of Canada and stuck together with maple syrup, this year sees the release of the band’s debut “Praecipitium”, and such a gestation period should see some delectable blackened pancakes. From the opening widdles of “Paths To Oblivion”, there’s a surprising level of life to proceedings. Very often, black metal albums get bogged down in their own misery, sounding rather dead-on-arrival and rarely moving beyond post-death spasms. So it’s heartening to hear something that’s a little more lively than a room full of inanimate corpses.

There’s a heavy dose of melodicism that permeates the record, with tremolo melodies cascading all around and ensnaring the listener in melodious vines. “The Emptiness That Breathes” is prime example of this, with groove-laden riffs supporting overarching harmonies that, well, breathe life into the fold. It’s certainly omnipotent through the record, and something that OMNIPOTENCE clearly have a knack for.

Unfortunately, the usual fallbacks that scream “typical black metal” are also ever-present. Blast beats, tremolo riffs and occasional forays into dissonant passages to cue evil grimaces and claw-hands – all there, and no different to anything else you’ve heard before. Not quite wielding “mercurial strings, skins, and flesh that assail the sonic canvas of abstraction”, it has to be said. It’s something of a disappointment, especially when billed as something so otherworldly, but it’s not quite an all-out bummer. As a critic, you never go into an album with a cloud over your head, but you can leave with one and “Praecipitium” is rather like a day that’s clouded over: initially bright, but ultimately a little grey.

It may not be an instant classic, nor will it make OMNIPOTENCE a household name in the black metal circles, but “Praecipitium” will satisfy a certain itch. It’s largely your bog-standard black metal fare, with all the trimmings (now we’re getting into the holiday spirit), but that aforementioned little bit of verve keeps it sat proud of the pack. It’s not pushing any boundaries, but seems content in itself to do what it needs to. A fun, if familiar, blast of the blackened stuff.

REVIEW BY LEE CARTER
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