Power of Omens
Rooms Of Anguish
7/2/2003 - Review by: Frank Hill
Power of Omens - Rooms Of Anguish - reviewed by Nailer
Lead vox, Chris Salinas, is a star singer with the pipes of a younger Geoff Tate crossed with the painful delivery of ex-Fates Warning vox, John Arch. I wasn't surprised after I wrote this to find out he's in a Queensryche Tribute band. Listen to "As Winter Falls" for a good example of his powerful voice.
There's so much going on here with vocals, guitar, bass, etc. that at times it seems like the guys are all in the same room, but doing their own thing. Really, this band is so far beyond me with their style that when I say I'd like to hear a bit less noodling, I'm probably just insulting myself. I'd like to hear these guys have less of a need to have each instrument, vocals included, so unconventional in flow and have more of the traditional structuring like on "Only A Dream". Then again, that would just make them Dream Theater clones.
"Rooms of Anguish" is music for musicians, not the average headbanger. If you're a prog fan, check them out.
Nice art and packaging by Travis Smith who also worked with Nevermore.
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