“Hymns of Diabolical Treachery”

By Dr. Abner Mality

 Hailing from The Phillipines, Omenfilth is really trying to be 2 bands at the same time. Band number one plays a gnarly mix of first and second wave black metal, with a bit more emphasis on raw first wave stuff. This version of Omenfilth does OK if you’re looking from Satanic metal that owes something to South American blasphemers of the late 80’s and early 90’s. It’s really nothing special or mindblowing but its good for what it is. I particularly like the evil melody of “Demogorgon” which hews a bit more to 90’s BM. The other three “Side A” songs crank along in diabolical fashion with much goblin-like cackling and sulphuric riffings.

Where the band hits the shitter is in their “second” version, which claims to be ritual ambient music fit for painting pentagrams and drinking blood. Or so they would like you to believe. “Black Ritual of Demonic Possession” is a brain numbing 26 minutes plus of guitar noise, cackling and general Dungeons and Dragons level bullshit. I defy most listeners to make it more than 10 minutes into this garbage. Basically any one man band in Ma’s basement can conjure the same. This track pushes the album into the “avoid” category. Too bad, because another four tracks like Side A would have made Omenfilth at least tolerable instead of a waste of cash.