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Omega-The Prophet (High Roller)

15 May

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Omega is an old band from England. Even though it was regarded as an N.W.O.B.H.M. act it wasn’t. Omega’s real musical style was progressive rock with some traditional metal guitar parts. The band was formed by Steve Graigner (guitar, keyboards) in 1980 under the name of Apocalypse. The stuff of Apocalypse is also being re-released by High Roller Records nowadays on a double CD compilation. “The Prophet” was originally released on Rock Machine (basically a subdivision of punk label Razor Records) in 1985. This was the only full length album of Omega but they also contributed with the track “Blood Sacrifice” for Metal Warriors Compilation (Ebony Records, 1983). The line up consisted of Dave Robertson (bass, vocals), Nick Brent (guitars, vocals), Steve Grainger (lead guitars, keyboards, vocals) and Graham Roberts (drums).

The High Roller Records re-issue of the album comes with new, superior cover artwork. The CD edition contains unreleased demo recordings of “Summertime”, “Heat of the Night”, “Abandon Hope”, “Blood Sacrifice” and “The Child” as exclusive bonus material.  The vinyl version has been bootlegged and there was also a CD bootleg by the Italian label Comet Records. This reissue of High Roller Records is the first official CD re-issue of “The Prophet”. The re-issue contains a slightly altered cover (I like the new one better, something really unusual for me!!!), a 16 page full-coloured booklet and an OBI. It has also been re-mastered by Patrick Engel/ Temple of Diharmony. As far as I know the CD version isn’t limited while the vinyl version is limited to 300 copies. The 100 of them are in orange vinyl while the rest of them in black vinyl. The vinyl edition is 425 gsm heavy, has a cardboard cover and contains a poster but it doesn’t contain the unreleased demo material that I mentioned earlier.

“The Prophet” is a really top-notch progressive rock album filled with great melodies. The whole album stands on really high levels of song-writing and technique. Omega has also some really impressive guitar solos. The best anthems of the album are “Yesterday’s Children”, “The Child” & the homonym track of the album. The last two tunes are 9 minute prog rock hymns! Especially “The Child” & “The Prophet” have a magical atmosphere that makes you want to listen to them again and again!  The rest of the tracks (“The Dark”, “Shadows of the Past”, “Drive Me Crazy”) also stand on a high level. In the album there is also a Beatles cover (“Day Tripper”) which is also nice. The covers of Omega on Beatles & Janis Joplin (“Summertime”) are better versions of the original tracks (at least for a metalhead’s ears). The three bonus tracks (“Heat of the Night”, “Abandon Hope”, “Blood Sacrifice”) weren’t on the original album.

In conclusion this is a really great album that all the fans of prog rock and 70’s hard rock should buy. The metalheads that like albums with many melodic parts should do the same thing!

P.S.: The reissues (cd,vinyl) of “The Prophet” are dedicated to the memory of Dave Robertson (bass)…

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Omega

                                                 http://www.apocalypsenwobhm.co.uk/

                                                Ioannis  “Knight of Light”  Kaskamanidis

OMEGA is an old band from England. Even though it was regarded as an N.W.O.B.H.M. act it wasn’t. OMEGA’s real musical style was progressive rock with some traditional metal guitar parts. The band was formed by Steve Graigner (guitar, keyboards) in 1980 under the name of APOCALYPSE. The stuff of APOCALYPSE is also being re-released by High Roller Records nowadays on a double CD compilation. “The Prophet” was originally released on Rock Machine (basically a subdivision of punk label Razor Records) in 1985. This was the only full length album of OMEGA but they also contributed with the track “Blood Sacrifice” for Metal Warriors Compilation (Ebony Records, 1983). The line up consisted of Dave Robertson (bass, vocals), Nick Brent (guitars, vocals), Steve Grainger (lead guitars, keyboards, vocals) and Graham Roberts (drums).

The High Roller Records re-issue of the album comes with new, superior cover artwork. The CD edition contains unreleased demo recordings of “Summertime”, “Heat of the Night”, “Abandon Hope”, “Blood Sacrifice” and “The Child” as exclusive bonus material.  The vinyl version has been bootlegged and there was also a CD bootleg by the Italian label Comet Records. This reissue of High Roller Records is the first official CD re-issue of “The Prophet”. The re-issue contains a slightly altered cover (I like the new one better, something really unusual for me!!!), a 16 page full-coloured booklet and an OBI. It has also been re-mastered by Patrick Engel/ Temple of Diharmony. As far as I know the CD version isn’t limited while the vinyl version is limited to 300 copies. The 100 of them are in orange vinyl while the rest of them in black vinyl. The vinyl edition is 425 gsm heavy, has a cardboard cover and contains a poster but it doesn’t contain the unreleased demo material that I mentioned earlier.

“The Prophet” is a really top-notch progressive rock album filled with great melodies. The whole album stands on really high levels of song-writing and technique. OMEGA has also some really impressive guitar solos. The best anthems of the album are “Yesterday’s Children”, “The Child” & the homonym track of the album. The last two tunes are 9 minute prog rock hymns! Especially “The Child” & “The Prophet” have a magical atmosphere that makes you want to listen to them again and again!  The rest of the tracks (“The Dark”, “Shadows of the Past”, “Drive Me Crazy”) also stand on a high level. In the album there is also a BEATLES cover (“Day Tripper”) which is also nice. The covers of OMEGA on BEATLES & JANIS JOPLIN (“Summertime”) are better versions of the original tracks (at least for a metalhead’s ears). The three bonus tracks (“Heat of the Night”, “Abandon Hope”, “Blood Sacrifice”) weren’t on the original album.

In conclusion this is a really great album that all the fans of prog rock and 70’s hard rock should buy. The metalheads that like albums with many melodic parts should do the same thing!

P.S.: The reissues of “The Prophet” are dedicated to the memory of Dave Robertson (bass)…

Ioannis  “Knight of Light”  Kaskamanidis

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