Neurosis, Godflesh, early Mastodon
Metal, math, noise-rock
Sometimes seasoned musicians just know when they’ve found the right collaborative
combination. It’s not an easy feat, but bands like Omotai don’t need to waste time
figuring out the pieces to the puzzle – they’ve already come complete. The Texas trio
formed in February 2010 in Houston; a city that is climbing the ranks in recognition as
far as music is concerned.
How the members of Omotai met isn’t particularly unique. Like many other bands in the
Houston area, Craigslist and the Hands Up Houston message board were involved in
the creating-a-band process. What does set these guys (and righteous woman) apart is
their instant connection – they just got it.
And if you’re wondering what it is, you need look no further than the music Sam,
Melissa and Anthony have created with other local bands over the years. Sam played
guitar in Kvalla, a metal band that took volume to a whole new level and most recently
played with another local metal band – Subjugator. Melissa has lent her bass-playing
prowess to a number of bands over the years, most recently with Houston favorite
Sharks & Sailors.
They took that combined experience and their shared interest in creating music that
resembled the melt-your-face-off variety and got right to work recording their first record,
a 5-song EP entitled Peace through Fear. The songs epitomize the texture and sound
of a well-done metal track. The execution is tight and the weight of each song is swift,
heavy and indestructible.
Omotai is not for the faint of heart. The ideal Omotai listener is one who longs for the
kind of music that inundates the senses to the point of excess, but is still left wanting