It has been two years since the release of Omnislash’s debut CD, Call to Arms. Since its release, the Baltimore-based power/thrash band has played to audiences up and down the East coast, bringing a unique approach to storytelling to their fans, or ‘Slashers,’ everywhere. Omnislash is unique, shown in songs like “Burning in the Night,” the full story of the lost colony of Roanoke, and “The Reckoning,” written about the French Revolution. If I had known history was going to be taught in this manner, I would not have skipped class.
I have always been in awe of artists who can put their feelings down on paper. I’m even more impressed when they match those words to music. Such is the case in “Opposites in Harmony,” where Jeremy says, “It’s about a relationship with someone who you really fucking hate…. but love at the same time.”
I am certain everyone has been in a relationship like this at one time or another. Combining the lyrics with the talents of Jeff Russell (guitar), Robbie Whiplash (drums), and Brian Forestiere (bass), this ballad shreds.
I have seen Omnislash live several times, opening for Metalachi and in our 2016 Shockwave Fest. The bands live show is not to be missed. Their songs come to life in various ways with many opportunities for audience participation.
I asked Jeremy what we can expect from the new material. “This album is more intricate. Produced, mixed, engineered, and mastered as professional as any major label studio. Seriously bro, it sounds fucking tits.”
Well said, Mr. Phoenix. He added, “At this point we are finished tracking, the album has been named, the artwork is back, and we are in the mixing stage.” Asked how the sound has changed, he remarked “Lyrically and in the guitar work, the guitar parts are on a whole new level. Pretty much the entire album is in harmony with itself. The bass parts are much harder in the drums are also bad ass. I absolutely cannot wait to release it.
I guess the best way to put it would be to say that this album is a lot angrier. But, even though it is full of anger it is also more melodic, both in the vocal harmonies and in the guitars.”
With the addition of Nicholas Bernholz on guitar, the band brings a double-lead assault on your brain cells. In other words, when I mentioned, “They be bringin’ it!” Jeremy retorted, “Hell yeah!”
See Omnislash at Baltimore’s Soundstage Wednesday April 26th, 2017. They will be opening for Delain and Hammerfall. 8pm.