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CD Reivew: The Omnific – Kismet

The Omnific are a Melbourne based three piece a consisting of 2 bass players and a drummer, creating a unique new age / rock / metal sound. This is the band’s second EP, showing off an amazingly colourful collection of sounds and atmosphere!

The duel bass guitars bring out a very unique sound that is charged with energy and atmosphere. The moving slides seamlessly from intense industrial metal sounds to calm chilled out new age sounds and a fair bit in between. The basses bring out all sorts of interesting sounds full of character and colour!

‘Proem’ opens the EP in a out new age fashion. It quickly thrusts into top gear speeding along with great energy and life. ‘Objects de vertu’ has a subtle jazzy feel to it bringing in a cool chilled out vibe.

‘Bugbear’ shows off the exceptional range the band can achieve with their bass guitars, bringing out a cool mix of rocking and electronic style sounds. The title track follows in a similar fashion putting forward a mix of metal and new age sounds sounding like Metallica remixed by Mike Oldfield.

‘Ersatz’ is a short, sharp, and intense metal tune. Going for just under tow and half minutes the track blasts through with great power! The EP closes with the Mike Oldfield-esq epic ‘Sonorous Pt 2’

This is a very cool EP with 8 action packed tunes. The band have demonstrated amazing sounds can be created with just drums and bass guitars.

Check out The Omnific’s Facebook page to find out more!

 

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CD Review: 10 Years – (How to live) as ghosts

Tennessee Rockers 10 Years have returned with album number eight. With their previous record being alluded to as a swan song and the return of Brian Vodinh and Matt Wantlan, this album acts like something of a second coming for the group.

The album sees 10 Years pick up from where they left off and building on and further defining their own sound. There is a great deal of rocking energy which is matched with a calm and smooth atmospheric backdrop.

‘The messenger’ slams its way in with a barrage of loud metal backed with a deep atmospheric backdrop. The song charges along at great pace building up in energy and intensity as it thrashes through. ‘Novacaine’ is a thumping rock tune with subtle elements of Faith No More in the mix. The breathy but calm vocals give the track a cool kind of charisma that it driven along by the powerful sounds belted out.

‘Catacombs’ is a more upbeat offering, with the music moving about brightly while maintaining the tight energy.
‘Ghosts’ is a somber, metal ballad with a slower deeper sound in the vein of Tool’s softer moments.
‘Blood red sky’ is a deeper atmospheric tune that takes you out into a vast desert space! There is a certain calm yet energetic vibe that is experiences here creating an endearing experience.

‘Phantoms’ is a dark but smooth metal tune. The song charges along in a slow but steady page picking up a great slow burning roar.
‘Lucky you’ puts out some slow cold metal vibes creating an unnerving soundscape.

The album closes with the blasting fuzzy rocking sounds of ‘Insomnia’.

This is a great collection of atmospherically roaring metal tunes. 10 years have continued to put out their very own brand of metal that is full of oomph!

Check out 10 Years’ website to find out more!

Interview with Matt from The Omnific

The Omnific are a new and innovative three piece from Melbourne. Comprising of two bass players and one drummer they bring out their own brand of instrumental prog rock. Their latest EP, Kismet, is due out later this month. Tomatrax caught up with Matt, one of the band’s bassists, to ask a few questions.

How did the band form?
There’s not really too much of a story behind it, I (Matt) asked Toby if I could demo one of my other band Blind Oracle’s tracks with him after I had seen various videos he’d posted online. The idea for doing a 2-bass track came from that, where we posted one a couple of weeks later which received a fair amount of attention online. The initial idea was never to do a band with it but it morphed into one after writing more tracks.

Where did the name The Omnific come from?
Literally just through a bunch of name researching and finding things that sounded nice and had some form of meaning, nothing special haha.

Where did you get the idea to play with two bass guitars?
Mainly because it hadn’t been done in the context we were planning to use 2 bass guitars in, and also the fact that we could both play bass on a similar level.

As your music is instrumental, how do you determine the song titles?
Mainly we just try find cool words that’s meaning somewhat loosely fits the track, not a complex process but can take ages to name some songs haha.

Have you ever considered adding vocals?
Not as a full time member but we’re definitely considering it for a track sometime in the future.

What made you pick ‘Kismet’ as the EP’s title track?
It was the track that I (Matt) wrote in hospital after being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes to me personally it captures all the feelings and emotions you are feeling at the time. We also feel it captures the whole spectrum of elements that this band has.

What was the inspiration behind the EP’s cover?
We didn’t really have much input in the actual making of the art, but we saw the art on Bryan Shephard’s (Raining Brains) instagram profile and it stood out to us as artwork relating to Kismet.

Do you ever listen to your own music?
All the time haha, we try create something we love and want to listen to and then enjoy the product once it’s complete.

What other music do you listen to?
Each member of this band has a different music taste, ranging from death metal to pop. The music that most inspires me (Matt) personally for writing is bands like Polyphia/Erra and many pop artists too like James Blunt and Scott Helman for those tasteful melodies.

Now that the EP is out what do you plan on doing next?
We don’t have a whole lot planned in the sense of touring. We’d love to play shows around Australia but the Prog scene seems to be much harder to tap into that internationally, so we’ll see what comes.

Check out The Omnific’s Facebook page to find out more!

MAKE WAY FOR MAN ON THE HUNT FOR NEW VOCALIST – IT COULD BE YOU!

 

If you’ve ever wanted to front a metal or heavy band, here could be your one shot, your one opportunity… Perth’s Make Way for Man are opening up their ranks (and this pit!) to MAKE WAY FOR MAN – or woman or non-binary to join the band. All you need to do is make an audition tape!

Make Way for Man have always had two vocalists – and Sean Hendry has recently departed the band. If you’re chosen, you will join remaining vocalist John Kelly on Vocals as well as Adam Mather – Bass Guitar, James Glover – Guitar, Jordan Mather – Drums and Drew Shepherd – Guitar in Make Way for Man.

Established in 2014 and having released their Evolve & Repair EP in 2016, MWFM have toured nationally, about to support Miss May I (Just Announced!) and have supported Meshuggah, Fear Factory, Periphery, Drowning Pool, Protest the Hero, Polaris, In Hearts Wake, Hands Like Houses and more.

The Perth act is opening up the auditions to anyone in Australia (perhaps beyond?) who is keen to give the audition a crack. All you need to do is….

1. Download track from soundcloud at https://soundcloud.com/makewayforman-1/wwsd-vocal-auditions or HERE

2. Lyrics are in the soundcloud track description or DOWNLOAD THEM HERE

3. Upload a video of your vocal submission to either Youtube or Facebook.

4. Email the link to makewayforman.band@gmail.com and also tag the band in any post to facebook/instagram once live.

5. Any video submission may be uploaded to our youtube or facebook/instagram page as promotion.

6. Vocal auditions will run for 1 month as of today 2nd November 2017.

7. Make Way For Man will be in contact to arrange a meeting/skype call with you if they like what they hear!

8. An Announcement will be made later in 2017!

Check out Make Way for Man’s Facebook page to find out more!

 

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