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Musing on Music - ONOMA
When you think of Israel, you don't think of alternative heavy metal. ONOMA is out to change all that. ONOMA just released their first single and video entitled Bug. It's quite amazing. It has a Tool-ish Alice in Chains-ish feel to it. It's stark and gritty and full of massive riffage thanks to Asaf Keidan on guitar. The bass sound on BUG is thumpin. In parts of the song, the bass is forefront. I love it! Andrei Aframov is a powerhouse. The vocals are sweetly wicked. Elad Koren has a sultry edge to his voice and then he lets it all out when he switches to the screamo type vocals. It makes you go O_o He's just that good! Saggi Chen's drumming hard and driving. If Bug is any indication of how the debut album sounds, "All Things Change" was a dark horse of 2012! To bad I didn't know about them sooner, or they'd be on the Top 10 Albums of 2012. Sylvia Masy and James Murphy created some wicked alchemy with ONOMA's debut album. All Things Change has that heavy feel that you get from a SOAD, Skunk Anansie, Testament album. Definitely check out ONOMA at Onoma Website and give them a "LIKE" on Onoma Band on Facebook Here is Bug from the debut album "All Things Change".
LIFE OF AGONY A Place Where There's No More Pain Napalm Records Release: 28 April 2017
I'm a long time Life of Agony fan. They are "locals". I've seen them live in Brooklyn (although, I've seen them live more in Germany). They are a solid heavy metal band. The new album on Napalm Records is wicked groovilicious. Yes, I'm biased. But Life of Agony's A Place Where's No More Pain is gobsmackingly amazing.
The songs are harsh; I mean they are like a punch to the gut. The feels. Zomg the feels. The lyrics just make you go, 'God Damn!' (said in Sweet D's voice). There is so much to headbang or pole dance (whatever you predilection).
'Dead Speak Kindly' and 'A New Low' puts me in the mind of Alice in Chains. Ted Jensen's fingerprints are all in this pie. He worked with Alice in Chains and you can tell. This is a good thing as you are familiar with the overall tone of the music.