This Morn’ Omina – L’Unification des Forces Opposantes

This Morn Omina - L'Unification Des Forces Opposantes

2CD, Ant-Zen, 2011
www.mikagoedrijk.be

This Morn’ Omina return with “L’Unification des Forces Opposantes,” which is broken into two separate CDs.  The first showcases the tribal and electronic mesh they are so well known for and adept at creating; the second presents more of an electro environment.
It is amazing that after so many releases the band still continues to effortlessly craft musical pieces that allow listeners to delve into a ritualistic dance ceremony, as if they were actually in the audience, or possibly even performers. While there are not many new tendencies or additions to the usual This Morn’ Omina sound on the first disc, each song is still very engaging, mesmerizing and completely enjoyable.  Most tracks are slightly hypnotic and each is infused with a heavy tribal percussive component as we have come to expect from this band. There is a bit more of a menacing atmosphere to some songs; the vocals (whether sampled or live) are integrated as if they were demonic chants or powerful spells.
The second disc provides a change-up from the usual music of This Morn’ Omina. Electronics are pushed more to the fore on most of the songs, giving these pieces more of an overall electro vibe.  Some of the tracks are also more mellow, introspective and thoughtful. The tribal aspect is still present on most of these tracks, though just gently nudged into the background.
This Morn’ Omina have always excelled at building tracks that are very full of power and emotion, and while most of those on “L’Unification des Forces Opposantes” are on the lengthy side, they never become boring or monotonous. “Nevi’im (God’s Zoo)” has the most booming bass I’ve heard on a TMO song and comes across as almost hip hop-ish. “Naphal” has an insane pace that will keep listeners on edge and “Ohaspe” has a slight Arabic influence to it that will enthrall the audience.
Once again, This Morn’ Omina has given us a quality release, a tribal and electronic amalgamation that will put listeners in a state of frenzied and ritualistic motion.

[8/10]

— Kevin Congdon