Omen: Warning Of Danger-80’s-1985.

Omen is an American heavy metal band.

The band was formed in Los Angeles, California in 1983 by lead guitarist Kenny Powell, previously with the band Savage Grace, and signed on with Metal Blade[1] in 1984, with whom they released their debut, Battle Cry.[2] (It contained the song “The Axeman”, which appeared on the soundtrack for the heavy metal themed 2009 video game Brütal Legend.)

In 1985, the second album Warning of Danger followed,[2] which could easily compare with their debut, and built up Omen’s reputation as one of the forefathers of power metal acts. In 1986, they released The Curse, their first release with major label distribution by Capitol Records in the US.[2] In Japan the band climbed to number 14 in the Burrn! Charts.

With new singer Coburn Pharr (who would later leave to join Annihilator), the band released Escape to Nowhere in 1988;[2] although considered a departure from the classic Omen sound, “Thorn in Your Flesh” was their first hit single in the US.

In 1996, they signed with new label Massacre Records and toured Europe with Fates Warning for the first time. In October 2003, their former singer, J.D. Kimball, died, having succumbed to cancer after three years of treatment.

Currently, Omen has released seven studio albums worldwide, and a 20th anniversary box set. The release Hammer Damage has been delayed for more than eight years and was released in 2016 via DSN Music.

Kenny Powell
Guitars (1983-1989, 1996-present)
See also: ex-Rapid Fire, ex-Step Child, ex-Savage Grace, ex-Strike Master (live), ex-Motion
Roger Sisson
Bass (2017-present)
See also: ex-Rapid Fire, ex-Motion
Reece Stanley
Drums (2017-present)
See also: Epic DeathPhantom-XOcanthus, ex-Space Time, ex-Tyr
Nikos Migus A.
Vocals (2017-present)
See also: DarklonMarauder

Past Members:

Jody HenryBass (1983-1989)
Steve WittigDrums (1983-1988, 2012-2017)
See also: ex-Rapid Fire, ex-Savage Grace, ex-Motion
Joe JaimesGuitars (1983), Vocals (backing) (1983)
J.D. KimballVocals (1983-1987)
(R.I.P. 2003) See also: ex-Hammer Damage, ex-Master
Coburn PharrVocals (1987-1989)
See also: ex-Prisoner, ex-Annihilator
Camil DaigneaultDrums (1988-1989)
See also: ex-Prisoner
Andy HaasBass (1996-2005, 2009-2017)
See also: ex-Step Child
Rick MurrayDrums (1996-2005)
Greg PowellVocals, Guitars (rhythm) (1996-1998, 2017)
See also: ex-Stomping Ground
Kevin GoocherVocals (1998-2009, 2014-2017)
See also: Of Gods & MonstersPerpetualPhantom-X, New Last Day, ex-Final Decree
Scott CluteBass (2005-2007)
Danny WhiteDrums (2005-2009)
See also: AskaViolent Storm (live), ex-Sanctuary, ex-Thorn, ex-Cloven Hoof, ex-Phantom-X
Glenn MalickiBass (2007-2009)
See also: Phantom-XStrangers, ex-Tyr
Wampa ZayasDrums (2009-2012)
See also: Damaged, ex-DoomLord, ex-Aura Azul, ex-Dantesco
George CallVocals (2009-2011)
See also: AskaBansheeCloven HoofViolent Storm, ex-Warrion, ex-Emerald, ex-Leejon, ex-Virgin, ex-Warlock
Matt StoryVocals (2011-2014)
See also: ex-DeathGrip
Side A
1.Warning of Danger04:25  Show lyrics
2.March On04:04  Show lyrics
3.Ruby Eyes (of the Serpent)03:49  Show lyrics
4.Don’t Fear the Night05:04  Show lyrics
5.V.B.P04:54  instrumental
Side B
6.Premonition01:47  instrumental
7.Termination03:33  Show lyrics
8.Make Me Your King03:50  Show lyrics
9.Red Horizon03:38  Show lyrics
10.Hell’s Gates05:42  Show lyrics
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One thought on “Omen: Warning Of Danger-80’s-1985.

  1. Jophelerx, November 20th, 2012

    USPM was such a short and area-specific movement that very few bands emerged with more than one classic album; or even more than one decent album. Originally overshadowed by the NWOBHM, thrash would take over in popularity before USPM really had a chance to get off the ground. Only a couple of bands would gain even remote commercial success (Queensryche, Fates Warning, Jag Panzer), and only a handful of others would go on to achieve any significant level of recognition. Omen were one of those bands, and with good reason – Battle Cry is one of the pinnacles of USPM, and the following two albums were nearly as good. Only a few other bands were able to produce three or more quality albums – Helstar, Manilla Road, Shok Paris, Virgin Steele, and Liege Lord are pretty much the extent of that list. That said, Manilla Road and Virgin Steele are the only bands in that last to release three or more albums classic enough to be comparable to Omen’s first three. From ’84-’86, Omen stood as probably the strongest pillar of USPM in existence.

    One of the greatest things about Omen is vocalist J.D. Kimball. Along with Harry Conklin and Patrick Brown (Oblivion), Kimball was one of the strongest blue collar USPM singers of the 80s. His powerful, gruff, roaring midrange is just about the most battle-thirsty thing out there, and while his level of pure testosterone doesn’t quite match that of Conklin’s performance on Ample Destruction, it’s about as close as you can get, and the savage bite to his voice is second to none. Although his delivery here is a bit more melodic than it was on Battle Cry, it’s by no means inferior, and it fits the slicker, more power metal approach better. Whereas the previous album had a big NWOBHM influence, that’s pretty much taken out here, with more of a Metal Church influence in its place.

    Warning of Danger is both less consistent and less aggressive than Battle Cry, but that doesn’t stop it from kicking some serious ass. The main problem is that Warning has some filler; instrumentals “V.B.P.” and “Premonition” are pretty skippable, and ballad “Don’t Fear the Night”, while pretty decent, detract from the fierceness of the album as a whole. The anthemic “March On” is also less than stellar, with a distinct lack of riffs compared to what we’re used to with Omen, and a general shallowness that’s just not up to par. However, the rest of the album is pretty damn good, with riffs and harmonies out the ass, and consistent charisma from Kimball.

    While the songs are pretty similar to one another, there are some darker songs present here, particularly “Termination” and “Make Me Your King” – these bear more resemblance to The Curse than anything else. Both are quite solid, with the former being excellent and the latter merely good. The only song that really matches the tempo of Battle Cry is the title track, which is easily one of the best songs on the album, with the headbangable main riff and catchy chorus. “Ruby Eyes”, “Red Horizon”, and “Hell’s Gates” are more midpaced and a bit brighter, with a glorious rather than dangerous tinge. “Hell’s Gates” is probably the best song on the album, with a strong penchant for melody in the bass, guitar, and vocal lines, and one of the best bridges of all time, not to mention the killer soloing. Overall, despite a bit of filler, the album is quite strong, and while not Omen’s best, it can still hold its own with most other USPM albums. Highly recommended.

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