When it comes to melodic death metal, arguably no one does the melodic half of that equation more melodically than Finland's Omnium Gatherum. Going back to the band's early days, they've always exhibited the sonic flair to place them in the same category as Mors Principium Est, Insomnium, Dark Tranquillity and the like, certainly showing along the way that they know how to seamlessly move the puzzle pieces around without sounding disjointed and harshly juxtaposed.
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It was on 2008's The Redshift where the band began adding extra sunshine and a rosy red-cheeked quality to the melodic component and catapulted those elements to the forefront of their compositions. This has created a broader dimension and contrast in their music where the death metal gut-punch exists alongside some of the strongest and most hummable material bands of this ilk have ever poured sugar on. The Redshift, New World Shadows, Beyond, Grey Heavens and The Burning Cold are albums I can still whip out and marvel at how each digs its anthemic hooks into spots that should have healed over. And if after 13, 10, eight, five and three years (respectively) riffs and melodies still haven't vacated the old noggin' then there's no point in fighting the battle. If anything, I should be petitioning my partner to make sure these albums are part of my 'Old Man Exhibiting Signs of Dementia' playlist. I might end up forgetting names and faces of family, relatives and most of my past, but it looks like I won't be able to forget Omnium Gatherum, even if I try.