Vera : Step by step Finnish Omnium Gatherum keeps on expanding its melodic death metal empire. This sympathetic band under genuine guidance of guitarist Markus Vanhala never had a sort of blitzkrieg career, but still their star is rising all over the world. Without any doubt this tendency will be continued with their eighth studio album ‘The Burning Cold’, which is their debut for Century Media and the successor of ’Grey Heavens’ (2016).
More than ever they regale us with sublime fervent guitar skills from Vanhala and Joonas Koto, the raucous growls of Jukka Pelkonen and eleven quite compact compositions no fan of the genre will resist. In a trusty production by Teemu Aalto and Dan Swanö – but with new drummer Tuomo Latvala – Omnium Gatherum really swallows the bait. You taste the joy of playing, you are overwhelmed by neo-classical solos, mostly fervent, another time howling and sensitive. Smoothly embedded between the atmospheric ‘The Burning’ and the mysterious end phase ‘Cold’, one can find nine inciting compositions. Going from the catchy, yet heavy ‘Gods Go First’, over the thundering fast ‘Refining Fire’ to the very fetching ‘Rest In Your Heart’. We always find ourselves in the Walhalla of melodeath! With of course that pinch of Finnish melancholy in tracks like ‘Be The Sky’ and the epic ‘The Frontline’. Here the band really stands out. Although the music is still relished with wealthy keyboard layers, in general this album happens to be heavier with more grunts and less clean chants. This is absolute top notch class from this dynamic six-piece, a collective that can be mentioned in one breath with bands such as Amorphis, Dark Tranquillity and other coryphées from the death metal scene of the nineties with a contemporary yet familiar and beloved sound.