Ill Omen
The Grande Usurper
(2018)
Turn this to 5.8 of 11
Genre:
Black Metal
Sounds Like:
Behexen, Borknager
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Fresh from the bright landscapes of beautiful Australia, we welcome the dismal and bleak vision of Ill Omen. A packed 23 minutes of somewhat muddied black metal. Expansive harrowing tempos give rise to inconsistent vocal groans of pain. The album features quite a few moments of a bit over the top groans of pain (and frankly difficult bowel movements). While we appreciate the layered fretwork, the anguished vocals lack consistency and vision.

Track Listing:
1. The Ruinous Drear (5:04)
2. Sentenced Suffering (6:37)
3. An Eld Living Darkness (5:26)
4. A Thousand Yawning Graves (6:29)

Adult Beverage Pairing:
The Grande Usurper may fit well with this dark IPA. From Feral Brewing Co comes their 5.8% black IPA (Indian Pale Ale) Old Admiral Dark Ale with an intriguingly somber citrus notes. Cool brewery hailing from Australia

ROTATION RECAP:
Captivation and Variety
3.8 out of 11

Vocal Performance
3.1 out of 11

Weight of the Heavy
9.2 out of 11

Hallucinogenic levels
5.9 out of 11

Fretwork Prowess
7.1 out of 11

Overall Album Flow
4.5 out of 11

Contrast
3.7 out of 11

Album Cover Aesthetics
8.6 out of 11

Production Value
4.5 out of 11

Final Thoughts:
We find black metal albums excel when adequate time is spent painting the backdrop of evil. The Grande Usurper lacks genuine atmospheric despair. Unfortunately the muddled production also becomes an obstacle for shaping contrast and impact. Too much at one level coupled with some oddball groans contribute to this one falling a bit short.

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