Another instance where I was totally blindsided by an enormously intense kamikaze cocktail of technical grandeur. Bought the vinyl don't even own a record player. It's that good! An acquired taste for some, but if you are in the game at all, don't let this one slip past your grizzled ears.
Favorite track: Get Your Dead Straight.
First pressing of "Fresh Hell" from Omotai. Available in Black, Clear Orange with Black Haze and White. Quantities of colored vinyl are limited so please specify an alternate color choice if your primary option is unavailable. Includes free download.
Includes unlimited streaming of Fresh Hell
via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
Omotai is a rarity in the world of the heavy - a curious stylistic alloy, a band wielding the stoner metal truncheon with math rock deliberation. The apoplexy of each gnashing riff, conveyed live via a massive wall of amplification, is enough to bring flesh as well as the surrounding atmosphere to a target resonance, the audience appropriated as a biological component of the sonic transmission.
The Houston metal outfit was formed in December 2009 by Sam Waters (guitar, vocals) and Anthony Vallejo (drums, vocals). They recruited Melissa Lonchambon Ryan (bass guitar, vocals) a month later and hit the studio almost immediately to pump out their debut EP Peace Through Fear, taking cues from 80’s thrash, 90’s noise rock, grindcore and sludge. Their sophomore effort, Terrestrial Grief, distilled Peace’s strongest points, upping the math and whiplash quotients by several orders of magnitude.
Rapidly garnering a rep for punishingly loud live performances, with an emphasis on speed and aberrant rhythms, the trio toured the US between 2010 and 2012, sharpening their skills alongside Yob, the Sword, Big Business, Hammerhead and countless other bands. In 2013, after constant writing and the third release,Fresh Hell, looming, they took on guitarist/vocalist Jamie Ross. It’s proven a smart investment for the band, with Ross’s shred adding a new dimension to Ryan and Waters’ already pummeling wall of riffery.