Rwake – Voices of Omens

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Rwake – Voices of Omens

By Srikanth Panaman
Monday, 12 November 2007
Rwake is a unique experience, has always been and with me spinning their fourth album and the Relapse debut Voices of Omens perpetually since its release early in 2007, I’m pretty smegging sure of this.For all intents and purposes, Voices of Omens is a full album experience with an intro, bridge and an ending. The songs are in the epic format with huge interplay between the more atavistic sludge/doom/stoner school of metal and the harmonic, melodic, the total progressive undertones, supplied aptly with interesting changes throughout. They’d break a song up into songlets infested with strong twin guitars, creating dirty crushing riffs, more progressive rhythms, brilliantly woven harmonies and arresting melodies. The spaces created by these are filled with demented noisy effects and the vocals working in tandem with these effects. There is a lot of emphasis placed on building something up and resolving it in style with help from an assload of dynamics so there are parts that are absolutely calm and serene, there are parts that are mindbogglingly intense with everything in between thrown in the mix. The old school black metal style screeching from the male-female vocal duo is going to be a hit or miss I suspect, but as far as I’m concerned, this raw and rustic approach really works, adding a twisted cosmic element to the scheme of things here and working well with the more intricate and rich music of this band.If you’re already familiar with Rwake, it’s an expected evolution from their previous album If You Walk Before You Crawl, You Crawl Before You Die with a cleaner production, all in good ways of course. They often show off their love for various other genres like bluegrass, classic metal, 60s with the acid soaked riffs and a lot of 70s complete with clean keyboards and the moog too. They do these right because these elements give them a sense of authenticity and make them stand apart from the peers.Take the intro and the bridge out and every song works on that aforementioned template, averaging over 7 minutes each and I assure you – play this from the beginning to the end and this is one sludge-doom epic done exceptionally right.



Year of Release: 2007
Label: Relapse