The Omega Experiment: The Omega Experiment

US tech-metallers begin life with a massive bounce

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It takes a lot of balls to open your debut record with an unrelenting fusillade of Steve Vai-esque shredding before getting to any vocal hooks, but that’s exactly what this Michigan-based prog duo have gone and done.

Sure, marvelling at such musical bravado has become more acceptable since the boom of tech-metal, but it’s still a bold way of introducing yourself to the world. One minute later, and opening track Gift unfolds into some of the most unapologetically euphoric sounds the djent scene has ever produced – you can almost picture these musicians trampolining off clouds into amaranthine rainbow galaxies.

It’s hard not to notice the massive Devin Townsend influence, only without the twists and turns that make his music so ominous. The enamelled soundscapes of songs like Stimulus and Karma certainly make for an intriguing and satisfying listen, venturing through serotonin-loaded realms of unpredictably without ever becoming too laborious or stale.

Amit Sharma

Amit has been writing for titles like Total GuitarMusicRadar and Guitar World for over a decade and counts Richie Kotzen, Guthrie Govan and Jeff Beck among his primary influences. He's interviewed everyone from Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy to Slash and Jimmy Page, and once even traded solos with a member of Slayer on a track released internationally. As a session guitarist, he's played alongside members of Judas Priest and Uriah Heep in London ensemble Metalworks, as well as handling lead guitars for legends like Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, The Faces) and Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, G3).