NEPHREN-KA – The Fall Of Omnius
French death metal + themes from Frank Hebert’s Dune saga… this could be an intriguing combination. So I press play and prepare for Nephren-Ka to pummel my senses with stacks of intricate riffs, twists, and a modest serving of guttural vocal utterances. It doesn’t take much exposure to tell "Mastering the Voice", "Feydakins Storm", and "Praise Shai-Hulud" as songs aren’t far removed from the craft of Hate Eternal, Morbid Angel, and Nile- sonic blasts with piles of riffs that are unrelenting. The slow segments of the 7:59 closer "To the Golden Path" becomes that much more dramatic in contrast to the blitzkrieg speed/ blast assault- and I love the progressive element around the 4:40-6:00 portion that could provoke massive audience convulsions.
"The Fall of Omnius" seems stuck in extreme musicianship purely for that sake, and as such doesn’t leave much of a lasting impression.