Vancouver outfit make their statement

Canadian bands, as we’ve noted previously on these pages, have a lot to live up to. That’s especially the case in the case of band that has what we might term a prog outlook.

OmnisighT (their spelling) began as collaboration between vocalist/guitarist Raj Krishna and drummer Chris Warunki and has so far spawned an EP, a full length and a live album. Their line up has grown in that time too, the original pair fleshed out to include an extra guitarist and bass player – and there is a real feeling here that the four could be set to explode.

One of those bands it is impossible to pin down, sure there are elements of Rush and Dream Theater (and before anyone says the latter aren’t Canadian, we know, and their singer is anyway) here – particularly in the opener “Shift The Paradigm” – but you are just as likely to hear the downtuned thickness of a Soundgarden riff and fans of Faith No More will find much to enjoy in the off-kilter delivery of “Resistance” as Raj channels something that Mike Patton would have been proud to call his own.

For a band so relatively inexperienced in full collections (although these five songs clock in at over half an hour) what OmnisighT do have is a rare class about their musicianship and songwriting. “Seven Sisters” broods and seethes and there’s an admirable ambition here too. “Fall Of The Empire” is an instrumental that clocks in at over seven minutes in length and the weighty title track lives up to its position as closer of this mighty fine collection and is a study in how to get make disparate ideas and concepts join into a wonderfully coherent song.

The depth of talent in Canada often surprises us. Here is another superb band to add to the list. It remains to be seen how far “The Power Of One” takes OmnisighT. But one thing is for sure, it is an EP of which they can be incredibly proud.

Rating 8/10

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