Country: Hungary
Title: Metanoia
Label: Metal Scrap Records
Year: 2020
Style: Groove Metal

For fuck's sake man, how can a band like Omega Diatribe still be underground and many others (even in their exact field) less deserving are on the covers of big magazines making kids believr they are the top of their game? Well, it's a rhetorical question, obviously, but after their previous album (their third) which I still remember how much I liked, Omega Diatribe release a new studio effort that's even better, one that could easily stand at par with materials of bands like Whitechapel, Messhuggah, Lamb of God and the likes. Maybe many would say they are too influenced by Whitechapel, but I'd say the Hungarians have their own take on Groove Metal, although clearly modern sounding, they have much more to add from the old guard of Hardcore bands and less from the current Deathcore scene, all this with an Extreme Metal shade at times. Throughout the new album there's a balance between groovy, oppressive rhythms and the melodic passages, and I feel the groove is winning alter all making this material a fantastic weapon for live assaults; honestly I hope to see this band live as soon as possible, I'm convinced they are totally epic. The album features 10 tracks and clocks almost 40 minutes of playing time, and I have to admit I didn't get it all from the first audition when I was impressed much more by the grooves and brutality they deliver and paid less attention to fine details which are plenty. Now I find this album a perfect one and this band an institution of this genre at least in Europe; if you want to get a small taste of this album I would suggest the title-track, or the track Parallel. Metal Scrap did a fantastic job packing this into a classy gatefold 3 panel digipak with 12 pages booklet featuring all lyrics and killer artwork by Dávid Metzger who is a former drummer of the band and has provided artwork for previous albums as well.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 10/10