Released: 2007, Candlelight Records
If you wanted an example of metal music emblematizing everything it’s supposed to excoriate…give Omnium Gatherum a listen. STUCK ON SNAKES WAY is complete shit, an insipid and inept attempt at replacing genuine creativity and imagination with simple technical ability. It’s a dispassionate, uninspired, and completely dickless affair – a true fucking paradigm for all that is wrong with extreme music.
Omnium Gatherum has been around for a few years. They had some buzz back in 2003 for releasing some vastly overrated turd called SPIRITS AND AUGUST LIGHT. Gothenburg, Nu-metal, Metalcore – whatever…to me it’s all the same. Arch Enemy and Slipknot and Omnium Gatherum – it’s just tasteless angry pop music…
Sonically, it’s a little better than Gardenian’s SINDUSTRIES (but not as inspired) and it’s a lot worse than Dark Tranquility’s HAVEN (but equally inspired). In other words, typical Gothenburg. Everything is tight and polished – the guitarists do their wah-scale run solos, the synths work in conjunction with repetitive chugging, and everything is built around an absurd/cheesy chorus.
The problem with Omnium Gatherum is that they don’t challenge anything...subversive just isn’t part of their vocabulary…and that’s why the shit they release is fucking poisonous.
Conclusion: Better than anything by Soilwork…but that’s not saying much.