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Released: 2014, Indie
With this review I’m doing something we normally don’t do here, and that’s reviewing a single rather than an EP or full-length album. Why? Well for one, the band asked me to, and two, because after multiple listens to their music, they damn well deserve it.
Some background: Omery Rising is a new band out of Fresno, California playing pure heavy metal with a progressive touch. If that makes you think of bands like Crimson Glory and mid’80s Queensryche, then bravo!, you’ve hit on the band’s exact style. These young fellas (the band are all between 20 – 22 years old) sound surprisingly mature on these two songs, and it’s heartening to me that they’ve obviously studied their classic metal rather than jumping on the latest band wagon.
The highlight of the single is, obviously, the title track. It’s an intricate song that uses a familiar whisper-to-roar structure, quickly turning into a kick-ass song that would have fit nicely on the first two Crimson Glory albums. Guest vocalist Joseph Michael (ex- White Wizzard) knocks it out of the park with a charismatic performance that is equally matched by the band, particularly guitarist David Ramos who contributes a nice fiery main riff and a solid solo. The second song, or “b-side” for us older folk, is also great. “Road to Sleepy Hollow” is a bit mellower but follows in the same vein as “Lady Snow”. Bassist Michael McClanahan shows off some cool ascending/descending runs throughout the song, nicely complementing the marching drums and militaristic riff while Joseph Michael again shows off his pipes with some powerful screams. In all, it’s a very good song, but not quite as memorable as the title track.
Obviously, I’m mightily impressed by Omery Rising and will be looking forward to hearing more from this exciting band. The only caveat I have is that Joseph Michael is only on board as a guest for this release and as of this writing, has no plans to continue with the band. That’s unfortunate as his style perfectly complements the band’s classic metal. Hopefully he either changes his mind and sticks around, or the band finds a suitable replacement. Either way, I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on Omery Rising.
1. Lady Snow
2. Road to Sleepy Hollow
Joseph Michael: Vocals
David Ramos: Guitar
Michael McClanahan: Bass
Ernesto Zepeda: Drums
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