I did not really expect that. First of all, I did not know the band until today and second, the brilliant cover art (by Adrian Baxter) made me expect something black metal-ish. The new logo, created by Costin Chioreanu obviously helped in creating that first impression.But then I pressed play.
The album opens with 'Initium', which immediately showcases a great blend between old school hard rock, doom and heavy metal. For a moment, I'm not sure in what age we're living. There is indeed something stoner rocky and certainly some doom influences but Egonaut goes way further than that. The synths even bring The Vision Bleak to mind. In 'Offerings', they remind me of some old school occult rock acts.
Of course, roaming in the doom metal regions, Black Sabbath comes to mind here and there. Yet, not the Black Sabbath with Ozzy. I'm talking about the more complex and progressive version. There are some awesome guitar solos and leads to be found here, and the vocals contain heaps of power. I mean, throughout the first half of the record, acts like Dio, Uncle Acid, Warlock, Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple have crossed my mind. I don't think that those are bad references.
The band likes to call their music 'Doom 'n Roll', and yeah, sure, why not. , The whole thing reeks of seventies and eighties and fits perfectly on any Desertfest/Roadburn/Up In Smoke stage. Besides, I am damn sure that you will often be pleasantly surprised as Egonaut has a flair for coming up with both catchy and unexpected hooks. And again, those synths!!! They really finish the job. Just listen to 'The Pledge' and you'll know what I mean.
In all, 'The Omega' is an excellent album and a convincing tribute to hard rock music, regardless of the subgenres. It's varied, technically perfect and it contains some brilliant songwriting skills. Personally, I'm glad that this kind of hard rock masterpieces can still be made today. So obviously I will recommend this album. Check it out and allow Egonaut to give you a rock 'n roll eargasm.