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Buio Omega > Thy Dark Conquest > Reviews > Danthrax_Nasty
Buio Omega - Thy Dark Conquest

Excercising the standard. - 67%

Danthrax_Nasty, May 22nd, 2007

Put out in back in 2000, on Battlegod Productions, the label owned by Gorgoroth (from Baltak / Buio Omega), this is a fairly decent display of raw, unholy, Aussie Black Metal, but overly bland. Mostly a rehash, musically, of older slightly thrashy, Satanic Black Metal bands that utilize rather bare melodics in constantly differing beats and rhythms, thus creating a tight little package of aggressive texture and accessible dynamics in a repetitious frame. Now, as much as I do enjoy the direction sought, and method performed, there are some stale moments, of uninspired, generic ideas (especially by 2000), and things you've probably heard before .

A good selection of vocals are presented, and most well sung. Expect a few of the cleaner parts to stray from in tune slightly when they attempt to do the higher parts. The BM vocals are pretty good, and pretty aggressive, and evil sounding. Produced pretty well, and definitely mixed nicely.

The guitars have a pretty good presence. With the production, I think some aspects of the guitars sound are enhanced nicely, but other areas: like with the certain clean note sections, and some track layering parts, come off a bit thin, less powerful, and just rather decent, but nothing that really sticks. The album probably would have been a bit better if the guitarists had chosen to add more melodic elements, as the cleaner production certainly hurts the less melodic areas.

The drums sound mostly clear, but ring a bit flat and tinny during their long spats of high intensity blasting. Overall, they come off as decent in the mix, and do keep a clear hard rhythm, but definitely aren't a whole lot removed from generic, melodic unholy, Black Metal drum patterns.

Bass, well,... doesn't stand out.

The cover art (credits of Rev. Kris Hades) fits the album well, and really is pretty cool. Interior artwork isn't much, and the fact that it has an advertisement as the last page kinda puts me off a bit, but lyrics, and photos are a plus.

All said, this album has its highlights, but clearly lacks in original concept, or presentation thus leaving this as more a collectible than a real necessary. Definitely download first.