ALBUM ZOTH OMMOG RELEASE: OCTOBER
16, 2000 REVIEW: DECEMBER 19, 2000
Ommog's new stars make pure, no-frills German electronic body music, complete
with "cool" movie samples and plenty of apocalyptic angst. The environment
is fucked, life is a battle and the sun is probably hidden behind some
mushroom cloud of a recently dropped atomic bomb.
All this is conveyed through smattering electro beats as well as sounds
and vocals pretty familiar to fans of the hard German body genre. "Abysmal
Reality" reminds me a bit of Project Pitchfork, and also shares some problems
with them. The vocals of the singer Senor Chato (who drops some Spanish
lines here and there) are mostly hoarse and suppressed. They sound a bit
forced and don't really manage to convey the cynical message of the group.
While the attitude of the music is in accordance to the spirit of harsh
body music, "Abysmal Reality" lacks good melodies to balance the cold,
sunglasses-after-dark kind of cyberpunk attitude that can really get on
your nerves at times.
After all the dark ominous tales, at least the album ends with a soothing
loveballad. More of that would be nice, and the oriental inspiration taken
on "Sacrifice/Testify" would definitely be worth pursuing further in the