Release date: 1 September 2013
Style: Progressive metal, Avantgarde metal

Rating:

8.7 | 34 votes

Owners:

20 have it
9 want it


01. Milosh Had Seen Better Days
02. These Walls...
03. An Ordinary Caveman Sings An Ode To Obsession
04. Mother Gazelle, Father Horse
05. Someday My Prince Will Come
06. A Smaller Dose Of Tyranny
07. Undergrowth
08. Oh Mrs. Wade! You Shouldn't Have!
09. Better Days Indeed
10. The Cricket's Broken Violin


Line-up
Davidavi Dolev - vocals
Yuval Kramer - guitars, programming
Yuval Tamir - drums, percussion
Or Rozenfeld - bass, contrabass

Session musicians
Na'ama Waisel - vocals
Eden Amer - vocals
Noam Gal - violin
Meitar Forkoosh - violin
Bar Ashkenazi - trumpet
Asaf Gold - piano
Matan Turkenitz - guitars
Ehud Tamir - acoustic guitars

Guest musicians
Hanan Avramovich - guitars


Additional info
Produced by Omb.
Co-Produced by Yuval Kramer.
Lyrics by Davidavi (Vidi) Dolev.
Quotes on Track No. 5 from The Scroll of Koheleth, chapter 9, verses 5-6.
Mixed by André Alvinzi at Fascination Street Studios, Örebro, Sweden.
Mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios, Örebro, Sweden.
Recorded and engineered by Yuval Kramer at Yuval Kramer Studio, Mevaseret Zion, Israel.
Drums recorded by Erez Yohanan and Yuval Kramer at Videoline Studio, Tel Aviv, Israel.
Artwork and Layout by Scott Shellhamer.

Violins on first track by Noam Gal.

Staff pick by
Nefarious

13.10.2013 If you like your prog to be ambitious, diverse, theatrical & technically proficient, then you are gonna love what these Israelis have in store for you!

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Diverge - 14.10.2013 at 06:44  
Rating: 9 Props to Nefarious for choosing this album. I actually discovered it today just a moment before I saw it was a staff pick, and I'm pleasantly surprised. His description definitely hits the nail on the head.
theembryo - 14.10.2013 at 08:08  
Rating: 9 Well picked indeed by Nefarious, I've but been able to listen to "These Walls...."; "An Ordinary Caveman Sings Ode to Obsession"; and "A Smaller Dose of Tyranny", but very much like the technical playing along with vocals here...... Will most likely raise the vote to a 9 after a full listen.
Also some fucked-up (in a good way) coverart by Scott Shellhamer.....
mz - 14.10.2013 at 09:53  
Rating: 8 Consider me interested
K†ulu - 14.10.2013 at 10:40  
  Me too... hopefully, it's theatrical in a non-Leprous-like way... which to me sometimes reeks of insincerity.
Diverge - 14.10.2013 at 19:20  
Rating: 9
Written by K†ulu on 14.10.2013 at 10:40

Me too... hopefully, it's theatrical in a non-Leprous-like way... which to me sometimes reeks of insincerity.

I can only really speak for myself, but to me, Omb sounds a little bit like Fables-era Unexpect-y at points, but only with regard to the sound (clean crisp production, wonderful female vocals with lots of orchestration, shifts in pace, etc.). That being said, Unexpect are crazy, and Omb are tame in comparison. It's almost like they take all the nice things that Unexpect are trying to do, and make it a little bit more melodic and progressive. There are lots of things happening here, but it's much easier to take in than Unexpect. It's pretty tricky to describe what I mean here, but hopefully you'll get my point. So yeah, just a warning before listening to this release, since I know you've been disappointed with Unexpect in the past.

I wouldn't really describe it theatrically like Leprous. It's theatrical in an Unexpect sense, I think, although maybe Dissona might also be a good frame of reference as well. As with all avant-garde music, of course, it is very difficult to place. I hope this helps.
K†ulu - 14.10.2013 at 21:27  
 
Written by Diverge on 14.10.2013 at 19:20

Written by K†ulu on 14.10.2013 at 10:40

Me too... hopefully, it's theatrical in a non-Leprous-like way... which to me sometimes reeks of insincerity.

I can only really speak for myself, but to me, Omb sounds a little bit like Fables-era Unexpect-y at points, but only with regard to the sound (clean crisp production, wonderful female vocals with lots of orchestration, shifts in pace, etc.). That being said, Unexpect are crazy, and Omb are tame in comparison. It's almost like they take all the nice things that Unexpect are trying to do, and make it a little bit more melodic and progressive. There are lots of things happening here, but it's much easier to take in than Unexpect. It's pretty tricky to describe what I mean here, but hopefully you'll get my point. So yeah, just a warning before listening to this release, since I know you've been disappointed with Unexpect in the past.

I wouldn't really describe it theatrically like Leprous. It's theatrical in an Unexpect sense, I think, although maybe Dissona might also be a good frame of reference as well. As with all avant-garde music, of course, it is very difficult to place. I hope this helps.

Mm.. thanks for the extensive description. A bit tamer Unexpect would be nice. I actually like crazy music (you can check my Technical Madness list), but till now I have not been able to appreciate Unexpect although I feel there something to them has not unveiled to me yet. I will actually try to listen to their 2006 again soon now. I needed a sort of catharsis to prepare me for something like that, I think I have just had one (but will not tell you what it means ). Anyways, thanks a lot for the heads up.

P.S. Funny, but I also didn't get Dissona...
PocketMetal - 14.10.2013 at 21:31  
Rating: 9 Unexpect are my favorite band , I'm dying with anticipation now ... Avantgarde bands with female vocals are simply my thing in music. I hope they're not too tame though .
LeKiwi - 15.10.2013 at 04:46  
Rating: 10
Written by Diverge on 14.10.2013 at 19:20

I think, although maybe Dissona might also be a good frame of reference as well.

Sold
Doge of Venice - 16.10.2013 at 01:29  
Rating: 8
Written by PocketMetal on 14.10.2013 at 21:31

Avantgarde bands with female vocals are simply my thing in music.


Shame this band doesn't have a female vocalist.

EDIT: Spoke too soon. There are female vocals on "Someday My Prince Will Come".
theembryo - 16.10.2013 at 01:35  
Rating: 9 Auditioning the entire release raises my rating!
PocketMetal - 16.10.2013 at 11:13  
Rating: 9
Written by Doge of Venice on 16.10.2013 at 01:29


Shame this band doesn't have a female vocalist.

EDIT: Spoke too soon. There are female vocals on "Someday My Prince Will Come".


yeah the female vocals seem to be in the background , the album was amazing regardless of this though.
In5anity - 16.10.2013 at 22:51  
Rating: 9 Absolutely wonderful album. I hear parts of Unexpect, Le Grand Guignol, Dissona and Akphaezya and the singer sometimes sound like Bruce Dickinson. Most exciting release this year.
Fat & Sassy! - 18.10.2013 at 01:43  
  The music definitely has that quirky and schizophrenic Mr. Bungle attitude, but they are lot more theatrical than that band ever was.

Not really sure what to make of it yet. Sure, it's (similar yet) easier to listen to than Unexpect, but it's still not exactly the most accessible album in the world.
Diverge - 21.10.2013 at 02:14  
Rating: 9
Written by Fat & Sassy! on 18.10.2013 at 01:43

The music definitely has that quirky and schizophrenic Mr. Bungle attitude, but they are lot more theatrical than that band ever was.

Not really sure what to make of it yet. Sure, it's (similar yet) easier to listen to than Unexpect, but it's still not exactly the most accessible album in the world.


Yeah, I was really just trying to say that it was accessible...RELATIVE to Unexpect. As with all avant-garde, it's pretty challenging, huh?
-DC-002- - 23.10.2013 at 02:55  
  This is pretty interesting. Taking me some time to fully digest though.
Diverge - 07.11.2013 at 05:16  
Rating: 9 It's a very interesting album. I'd say the hardest part for me is not necessarily WHAT the musicians are doing, but finding a way to keep track of all the rich textures and all the characters that seem to be encountered along the way. The poignancy of certain moments definitely separates these guys from the pack.

In the running for best debut of the year for sure.
Lethrokai - 02.01.2014 at 19:52  
Rating: 9 Damnit, this is brilliant!

Who knew the underground newbies could produce the best avant-garde album of 2013?
Diverge - 11.01.2014 at 01:00  
Rating: 9
Written by Lethrokai on 02.01.2014 at 19:52

Damnit, this is brilliant!

Who knew the underground newbies could produce the best avant-garde album of 2013?

Hey, I'm kind of spamming this around but also check out Eloa Vadaath's album Dead End Proclama. It's really sensational and it's giving Swinesong a real run for its money, imo.
Lethrokai - 11.01.2014 at 15:14  
Rating: 9
Written by Diverge on 11.01.2014 at 01:00

Written by Lethrokai on 02.01.2014 at 19:52

Damnit, this is brilliant!

Who knew the underground newbies could produce the best avant-garde album of 2013?

Hey, I'm kind of spamming this around but also check out Eloa Vadaath's album Dead End Proclama. It's really sensational and it's giving Swinesong a real run for its money, imo.


Well, damn... from what I've heard so far, this is really quite the release! Not sure if it's up with Swinesong, but definitely an album I'll have to get! Thanks!
LeKiwi - 02.02.2014 at 13:07  
Rating: 10 I'm REALLY pissed that I put off listening to this album for so long. The last phenomenal progressive avant-garde metal debut album I've come across was Dissona's - instantly one of my favourite bands. Everything is just so diverse, from the vocals to the styles incorporated, and it's integrated seamlessly. Worth no less than a 10.
mz - 03.02.2014 at 17:16  
Rating: 8 Very good album and such a crazy debut. The clean vocals remind me of pain of salvation's front man and that's for sure a very good thing. I'm having minor problems with production, though as it is a little too sharp for this type of music.

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