The Greek band Omega was born in 2006, and two years later they released their debut demo. Another two years later the band got their debut album "Second Coming, Second Crucifixion" released as a CD, as well as an LP with two bonus tracks taken from the aforementioned debut demo.

The music isn't as apocalyptic as the band's name might lead one to believe; this is pure oldschool metal for people who'd enjoy a crossbreed of Venom, Motörhead and 80s speed metal. "Evil Metal," as some call it. The sole guitar is rather fast, but moreso strives for a rocking feel instead of the sportsmanship of the fastest speed metal bands. The powerless bass doesn't provide more than slight bonus detail to the songs due to it having such a low volume level, but the simplistic but sturdy and organic drums, raw guitar work, and the low vocals filled with spit and attitude are well enough to deliver the songs.

The songs have enough variation to be easily told apart, although they share the same main hooks, which are the energetic delivery, a reckless attitude and a honest tribute-like approach to the underground metal classics. The album just isn't reckless enough to really keep the listener in it's grasp; with such arrogance, the music should be more over-the-top. It would also help if the bass guitar was just a hint more audible in the mix, as the guitar and vocals have way too much responsibility in holding the songs together due to the drums' simplistic and monotonal approach. The group has a decent sense of style and they knew not to unnecessarily lengthen the album, but more boldness would be needed to really make an impact.

The simple black&white visual side follows the usual formula of the genre, as do the lyrics; they talk about themes such as drinking beer, killing posers, hell and the apocalypse in a cocky vein, and one can spot quite a few references to classic metal albums. The lyrics' simplisticity might seem humorous, especially so due to the vocalist's somewhat clumsy pronounciation, but at least the band isn't acting or trying to hide anything. This album is a honest metal tribute.

I fancy the group's fascination to blackened speed metal and rock instead of the more usual black thrash-beating, and Omega have created a rather pleasing album to listen to. They have work to do in making the songs more powerful and energetic, or in short, more vivid and live-like. I'll be waiting for Omega's future releases, as they might well be worth checking out if the band's kept on improving since this album.

6˝ / 10