Many Have Tried and Many Have Died…
Omen never really got their due. Three brilliant albums and one EP between 84 and 86 and when you hear people talk about classic metal, especially when mentioning the early Metal Blade stuff, it seems that so few people talk about them. It’s a bit of a shame. It was nice to see that metal Blade did do the Omen box set a few years ago. The live footage is enjoyable.
Omen had a very unique style and sound, especially in the vocal department. There was something in the way that JD Kimball could wail…like you could really hear the desperation in his voice. I remember the first time I heard them. Daniel had ordered Battle Cry through Metal Blade. I was blown away by the whole band. Kelz had made me a dub tape of Battle Cry and Warning of Danger. I can still see that tape sitting on the seat of my old Nova. I believe there was some Metal Church at the end of one of the sides.
But there was something special about Omen but I don’t think it was just any one thing. The sum of the parts just made them perfect. The music was great, the vocals were great and overall they had good lyrics. That was difficult to do back in those days. Even Be My Wench and Bring Out the Beast are great.
For as much as I love Battle Cry and Warning of Danger, in recent years I find myself listening to the Curse more often than the other 2. Teeth of the Hydra is one of my favorite songs of all time by any band.
Then 2 years after The Curse they released Escape To Nowhere with Coburn Pharr (Annihilator). My god what an awful album that was. I revisited it a few years ago and it still sucked.
All in all, you can’t go wrong with any of the first 3 albums. I listened to Reopening the Gates when it came out as well…it just didn’t work for me. Omen was more about JD’s vocals than anything else for me. RIP.
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