Ominous Eclipse – Sinister

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Ominous Eclipse – Sinister
Label: Indie
Released: 2018
Reviewed: December, 2018
Rating:  3.5/5
Reviewer: JP

The Kings of Kanadian Karnage!- The Frozen North Rides Forth!

This feature is so good, I had to name it twice!   About once a year I indulge my patriotism and review a bunch of Canadian Metal releases.  There has been a whole pile of albums recently released in the past few months and I want to help bring some exposure to these bands. There are bands of all styles and all genres from across the country in this feature. The bands covered in this feature are… (listed alphabetically)

Anvil (Toronto, ON)

Apprentice (Vancouver, BC)

Arctic Circle (Brandon, Manitoba)

Assault (Vancouver, BC)

Black Rat (Calgary, AB)

Cauldron (Toronto, ON)

Codex:Factoria (Vancouver, BC)

Dethgod (Calgary, AB)

Fractal Cypher (Montreal,Quebec)

Haiduk (Calgary, AB)

Iomair (Scarborough, ON)

Ice War (Ottawa, ON)

Leah (Vancouver, BC)

Lee Aaron (Vancouver, BC)

Malacoda (Oakville, ON)

Mongol (Edmonton, AB)

Ominous Eclipse (Ottawa, ON)

Skullfist (Toronto, ON)

Solborn (Edmonton, AB)

Thor (Vancouver, BC)

Trollwar (Alma, PQ)

Untimely Demise (Saskatoon, SK)

W.M.D (Calgary, AB)

Ye Goat-Herd Gods (Calgary, AB)

Please enjoy all the albums in this feature and check out all the talent Canada has to offer!

Ominous Eclipse are an independent, quartet from Brockville, Ontario.  They have been grinding it out in the trenches for a few years and this is their sophomore effort, third release counting the debut EP back in 2014.

Ominous Eclipse are Death.  Not ‘Melo-Death’.  Not ‘Symphonic Death’.  Not ‘Tech-Death’. Not ‘Ultra-brutal Death’. Just…death.  They are old school, laid-back, easy listening Death, (I think I just invented a new sub-genre) kinda like Cannibal Corpse and Obituary.   These guys look pretty young from the booklet, but they have been listening and appreciating the old masters and fortunately  SINISTER  is not tainted with modernity.

The eight-track, 50 minute album looks good, mandatory, post-apocalyptic wasteland cover art in place and we are off to the races.  The opener, ‘Death By Dissection’ has a short and very cool introduction, sort of a flanged cymbal sound and then rips into some cool Death Metal. The album is fast, but not ultra-fast, there is some more mid-tempo groove as well, but not as slow and hooky as say, Six Feet Under for example.  They are heavier than that.

The album has above average lyrics as well in my opinion, but comfortably within the lyrical parameters of Death Metal.   One such example is the eight-minute track, ‘Lost At Sea’. It is not just gore, but expresses some thoughtful ideas and it is a cruising and crushing epic of a song.  This is one of the album highlights for me. They have three guys delivering the vocals but it is not over-emphasized like in some bands where, one vocalist is only screeches and one vocalist is only deep growls, it is larger in the lower resister.

If you enjoy, well-executed, old school Death Metal, than Sinister is worth your time to listen to.

Track Listing:

  1. Death By Dissection

  2. Sinister

  3. Spiral Into Insanity

  4. Lost At Sea

  5. No Redemption For The Damned

  6. Breaking The Chains

  7. The Horde

  8. Eye Of The Raven


Ryan Clements-Bass, Vocals
James Close-Guitars, Vocals
Graham Murphy-Guitars, Vocals
Jeremiah Marshall-Drums