Oracle

The Metal Gamer

Sweet home Alabama! Oracle is a new American band formed in May 2016 and quickly released their debut Beyond Omega the same year. Even though the band was fast on releasing their first album it still holds very good production and I am honestly surprised five people can just get together and create a well produced album in just a couple of months (album was released in July 2016). To me that’s quality stuff and every time a new band manages to do this they will receive praise from me.

Music wise Oracle takes influences from a wide range of bands. While it isn’t anything groundbreaking it’s still well made and a solid effort from a new band so you can’t really find much to complain about. I would say the bands main influences are heavy hitters like Decapitated, Dissection, Fleshgod Apocalypse and even the melodic death groove a la Amon Amarth. Meaning it’s got a demonic feeling, very melodic and a lot of death. For example Nocturnal Creatures displays a lot of Dissection-like music, while The Cleansing goes towards the more head on death metal Decapitated direction. It’s obviously nothing new to get influences from class acts such as these and today it’s hard to make something really unique. However when the riffs and solos are on point, production is well made and you like the bands Oracle has drawn influences from then it doesn’t really matter. A good album is a good album, simple as that!

One thing I need to point out before finalizing the review is that I think Oracle’s vocalist Jason Long sounds a lot like Robb Flynn (Machine Head) at times. Maybe that’s just me but on some bits on each track the resemblance is uncanny for me.

Beyond Omega is a solid debut album. Metalheads of different genres will surely find tracks on the album they can headbang away to. Oracle – Beyond Omega is out now and released independently.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/oraclemetalband
For fans of: Dissection and Decapitated
Favorite song: On the Wings of a Martyr

Games, Brrraaains and Head-banging life

A super twisty guitar start to Aeons of Madness rolls into a crushing death metal beat & guttural vocals. A strong opener, it’s got some catchy hooks that grab the attention.

There Will be Blood ups the intensity with some fantastic groove & hardcore drumming. Short & to the point, it’s exactly what you want from death metal. The way it flows into the title track, Beyond Omega, is fantastic. It doesn’t give even a moment to catch your breath. This is constant throughout the album but each track sounds & feels different.

Oracle know how to bring the noise but still make their music so compelling to listen too. Be it the complexity of the riffs, the massive hooks, the blasting drum beats or the pissed off vocal work. This is metal that demands every moment of your attention.

By the Hands of Aestrea adds extra strings to the band’s bow by adding some unexpected keyboard melody to the mix. It’s a surprising addition & alongside two absolutely stunning (but short) solos it stands out as the best song on the album!

The thumping chug of On the Wings of a Martyr continues the exciting variety found throughout Beyond Omega. Just over the halfway mark it seems as though Oracle can do no wrong. There isn’t a whole host of originality here but the band are absolute pros at this.

Even the tracks that don’t quite stick in the mind as well (Beneath the Crimson Veil, The Cleansing) still have so much energy & groove to them that you’ll be head-banging along regardless.

This excellent album wraps up with the longest track, Blood Stained Epitaph. A spoken word/piano intro drops into a killer breakdown getting the body moving instantly. As a finale it feels very ‘final’, a sense of the epic but with one of the albums best choruses. It’s a slamming finish to one of the best groove metal releases of 2017.

Dead Air at the Pulpit

Oracle is a four piece band from Mobile, Alabama who formed in May of 2016.  Oracle play a vicious and heavy as fuck style of music that incorporates elements of death metal, black metal, and grindcore within their sound.  Musically, Oracle can be loosely compared to bands such as Yellow Eyes, Cemetery Piss, Fulgora, Dillinger Escape Plan, and other like-minded bands.  Beyond Omega is the band's latest full-length LP, which was released this past summer.  Beyond Omega features ten tracks of technically proficient death metal and black metal punctuated with touches of grindcore thrown in for good measure.  Overall, Beyond Omega makes for a killer listen.  Highly recommended!  Enjoy!

Bog Otac Reviews

Churning arpeggio themes are being born from epic keyboards that start '' Aeons of Madness '', and Lovecraft's famous quote may be heard. ''There Will Be Blood '' and ''The cleansing'' begin aggressively and ''Beyond Omega'' begins with shifting echoing motif.  ''Tomb of Serpents '' starts with chord decomposition on clean guitar, and, finally, ''Blood stained Epitaph '' begins with a growling recitation, with keyboards as its backround. But they all tend to lead to the memorable groove of crushing modern middle tempo riffs. The vocals are mostly harsh growls, going deep if required. Solos are beautiful. For example, ''By the hand of Astrea '' has two solos, with the other one being longer and more intense. ''Tomb of Serpents'' has got the rhythmic riff reminding me of slow groove of Immortal's ''Beyond the North Waves''. The chorus of ''The cleansing'' is a black metal inferno, and somewhere in the middle of the song really amazing thrash riff that got me nodding like insane in its rhythm. The chorus of the song is both epic and somehow melancholic. The song ends with guitar arpeggios (similar to the guitars first introduction on the first song), which leave room for the main keyboard tune, carried gently with the sound of the freezing wind. Beautiful ending passage that got me shudder. 

 

''Beyond Omega'' is abounded with groovy death riffs, swirling black-death tremolos and beautiful keyboard passages in their background, creating the majestic epic atmosphere. Highly recommended for the fans of Ex Deo, Gloria Morti and Fleshgod Apocalypse.