Nota: Sebelum ini saya pernah memuatkan satu rencana (ulasan) berkaitan rilisan OMEN berjudul "Observance Of Baphometized" di mana artikelnya bertajuk Beware The Baphometized! [klik di sini]. selain daripada penulisan yang dibuat oleh saudara Fulgurius, terdapat satu lagi penceritaan panjang-lebar yang dibuat oleh saudara Orion Metalhead dari webzine Contaminated Tones terhadap rilisan tape tersebut. Atas tujuan mengarkibkan ulasan itu, di sini saya siarkannya kembali di dalam EKSTRIM untuk tatapan / bacaan anda semua! Ianya ditulis dalam Bahasa Inggeris, mahu tak mahu baca sahaja lah, huhu..
I have written and re-written this review numerous times, persuaded to do so by the cassette in question and its constant reconfiguration in my brain. Each time I listened to Observance Of Baphometized, my viewpoints would change like the wind. I would listen to it one night, think it was mediocre. Listen to it while having a few drinks with my buddies, and it would be awesome. Listen to it while beginning to go to sleep, and fall asleep to it. Omen's release is an enigma of description. It would be too easy to call it raw black metal but that's all it really is when the chips have fallen and there are no hands left to play. So, for the purpose of where I stand now, I think that the release is neither amazing or crap but falling somewhere in between, in the region where no band really wants to be - that ever swampy and muddied district of mediocre raw black metal. I've actually had to take notes while trying to discern how I felt about songs on this release, something I've never done before and hope to never have to do again. Observance of Baphometized is a wholly inconsistent album in terms of quality. Though my conclusion may put a sour expression on the faces of some, I honestly don't find a whole lot here worth dwelling on. Luckily, it seems that most people respond better to honesty than blatant inflation or deflation. Personally, I don't think it's bad to be mediocre on early releases and with Omen still lingering in the demo stage of their so-far-short-lived-career, I can appreciate the foreshadowing a mediocre demo shows. Omen, though presented here in mediocrity, also show aspects of their sound which they attack really well at times.
The album continues with a cover of Nebiras’ “Blessed Be Thy” and Omen don’t me particularly determined to seek out the original. The song is too simple my tastes placing all its eggs in one glass basket and balancing it above a Punji pit. With only one real discernable riff, perhaps two if you consider a minor variation a new riff, “Blessed Be Thy” fails to capitalize on the whole minimalist attitude which I’ve been in the mood for recently. I’ve spun Satanic Blood at least four times in the past two weeks. I honestly don’t understand the reason why Omen would choose this song as a cover though. Omen’s original material is far more interesting and resilient than the Nebiras track and the other cover track, a cover of Langsuyr’s “My Oath For Thee” suits Omen’s natural style of raw, simple – but apparently not Nebiras simple – black metal. The bass on the track is horribly horn-sounding like in other places but the repetitiveness on this cover really hurts it much more and even for such a simple track, there are timing issues between instruments. Though Omen were probably really drunk at the time of the recording, that doesn’t give a good enough reason to put the song on the release. The other cover though I really like. At first listen, I thought that the song would fall to the same arrows that the Nebiras cover was taken down by. I felt the song was too hasty and simple and never let the brilliant atmosphere that escapes to the song’s surface take hold. After a second listen though, I really took a fondness for the short simplicity and control over allowing the song to maintain that rout. The small dosage of atmosphere is something that the rest of the untouched original tracks on the album also contain. A song overburdened by the atmosphere would make the song maybe seem out of place. Of course, this is more of a comment on the original composers, Langsuyr, but Omen chose a song here that really found a home on the release and made me interested in checking out the Langsuyr discography. The vocal variation on this track is also awesome, with Omen vocalist Aijal providing some dreadful moans and wails.
ORION M. - Orion_metalhead@hotmail.com - January 13, 2010