Released: 2014, Unique Leader Records
Reviewer: Peter Atkinson
Oregonian tech deathsters Omnihility cut right to the chase with their second album. From note one, they bring the pummel on Deathscapes Of The Subconscious, attacking with their full four-man onslaught. Before you really have any chance to realize what’s happening, “Molecular Resurrection” is already pounding away in fusillade of drums and scathing riffs while John Kurzejeski gnashes and growls like a wolverine over a fresh kill.
After seven minutes, it starts all over again with “Lost Sands Of Antiquity,” and so it goes. Deathscapes of the Subconscious is tech death brutality with a big emphasis on brutality. It is one of the most single-mindedly punishing albums of its ilk, delivering muscle and velocity in extremis throughout. Indeed, the only respite comes from the superfluous two-minute acoustic guitar interludes “Ancient Ruins Forlorn Part 1” and “Part 2,” which almost seem like smoke breaks for the band before they plug back in and let loose.
Yet all of this sound and fury, when taken as a whole, is rather numbing. The songs are virtually indistinguishable from one another – there's no hooks, no melody and no noticeable choruses, just riff after riff after merciless riff.
And while the material's construction certainly is complex, there's not much flair or finesse in the band's performance to make that stand out. Instead, it's nearly all attack mode, riding drummer Steve Crum's often redundant rivet-gun pace and Kurzejeski's monotone vocals – feral as they are.
The title track does bring more technical dexterity into play, at least in Dan Rabago's flighty guitar flourishes, which echo Origin and show some panache. His squealier runs on “The Unnamable” (sic) and “Divine Evisceration,” on the other hand, are more grating than gratifying.
Ordinarily, I'm all for brutality. However, some variety and spice is never a bad thing, especially in moderation. Omnihility, though, are too “moderate” in that regard here, and Subconscious ends up being more dull than deadly.