Omar Bowing – “Amen” – Single Review
You gotta hand it to Omar Bowing…the brooding-tone in the signature-style of this dude’s song-writing and band’s overall-sound always seems like its hulking & heaving away, growing larger in the attic of your mind…ready to pound-out your doom & announce your end of days at any given moment. There has always been a professionally-controlled aggression to the sound of this four-piece heavy-rock ensemble; they know their style, they know their sound – and Omar Bowing corners the market on desolate-rock built on the heavy.
Mind you…his music is always accompanied by sharp, precision-instrumentation and tones that supply just enough light & hope throughout the lyrics, sentiment and music to get you through the dark. True to their dank-grinding style of rock – Omar Bowing is back with a brand-new single called “Amen” that takes their melodic-side up a notch-further into their music while still maintaining a menacing-shadow’s presence in the grungy, dimly-lit & dusky sound collectively. They’ve always been a tight-band…and they’re certainly back to prove that once again with a thought-provoking new-song on the priceless nature of life itself, and the consequences of a life of excess.
Standout performances from Tim Horsley on the drums and Omar’s guitarviol-mastery shine brightly in this melancholy-rock. The atmosphere is a thick, heavy & haunting one…the harmonies stand-out fantastically as vocalist Tyson Yen leads the way into the darkness. Complex timings, stuttered & staggered structures all come together with a haggard-energy that feels lifeless in its mood, but completely alive through how they play it.
Definitely built on a tough-grunge vibe that feels so isolated it’s nearly claustrophobic…but also combining that with a somewhat anthem-style feel to the largeness of the single-word chorus that feels like it borrows from big-stadium rock; the contrasting mix between the two elements makes for that perfect devils/angels feeling in the mood, music & lyrics.
Really can’t say enough about the drums…I love the way they SOUND in this song! Solo-work around the 1:40 mark with Omar on the guitarviol make for captivating moments that really make for an extraordinary listening experience. Especially as they roll-out of the verse and into the chorus each time…the guitarviol in those moments sounds incredibly smooth and incredibly rad – and ALL at the same time, can you believe it folks? What a deal!
The imagery in the lyricism is dirty, moody, scary and carries the weight of its jaded-attitude in the heavy-rock vibe throughout the duration of “Amen.” I’ve always been a fan of Omar Bowing because you can’t ever expect the typical; while there are many aspects that might be described that way with the overall grunge-sound, the harmonies or even performances individually sometimes…but the way that its assembled, written and played keeps this band authentically-unique in comparison to the other bands, sounds & songs surrounding them. There is an intensity and seriousness that is unshakable in Omar Bowing’s music…and I think that uncompromised-magic makes its presence known once again in this new-single.
You can always count on this guy and the band to deliver the goods; Omar Bowing takes the extremities of light & dark and mixes the black & white of life into grey unlike any other I know.
Find out more about Omar Bowing direct at the official Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/OBowing and what’s that you say? You want some more? Here’s some more! Check into Omar’s page at Soundcloud here: https://soundcloud.com/omarbowing/amen-omar-bowing and be sure to go buy a copy of the new single “Amen” if you’re digging what you hear! You can do that right here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/amen-single/id1050828984 – isn’t that awesome? Man I love the internet!
WHAT? You STILL haven’t had ENOUGH Omar Bowing? You music-fans are insane – but we get it, we get it! Find Omar Bowing at Twitter here: https://twitter.com/OMARBOWING and tweet’em up! And if you REALLY, TRULY still can’t get enough of the band then go hit up their page at YouTube and watch the heavy-rock happen right in front of your face by clicking THIS: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2mAzJ2kjd1OSQV5QBpk-RQ
And JUST IN CASE…for some reason we just can’t fill you up with enough info on Omar Bowing – be sure to check out the upcoming episodes of SBS Live This Week on Nov. 17th – we’ll be putting Omar Bowing in the spotlight for a moment or two to talk about the music some more as we celebrate the end of our 3rd year doing the show and get ready to head into our fourth! Don’t miss it!!!
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