Battle Cry

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All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
Many up-and-coming American metal bands of the early 1980s wished they were Iron Maiden, but few came as close to achieving the feat as Los Angeles' Omen with their debut album from 1984, Battle Cry. Although it was also obviously fueled by the nascent acceleration of thrash look no further than raging opener "Death Rider" for that, the album's steel-bound heart was unquestionably pumped by New Wave of British Heavy Metal blood: from the gritty staccato riffs and pounding war-drums, to the predominant fantasy themes and anthemic choruses gracing such enduring standouts as "Dragon's Breath," the title track, and the heartfelt love song well, not really "Be My Wench." ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
Many up-and-coming American metal bands of the early 1980s wished they were Iron Maiden, but few came as close to achieving the feat as Los Angeles' Omen with their debut album from 1984, Battle Cry. Although it was also obviously fueled by the nascent acceleration of thrash look no further than raging opener "Death Rider" for that, the album's steel-bound heart was unquestionably pumped by New Wave of British Heavy Metal blood: from the gritty staccato riffs and pounding war-drums, to the predominant fantasy themes and anthemic choruses gracing such enduring standouts as "Dragon's Breath," the title track, and the heartfelt love song well, not really "Be My Wench." True, probably none of the songs on Battle Cry stood out for true originality or groundbreaking invention; but it's pretty nigh impossible to remain unmoved by the fist-pumping, head-banging passion not to mention red-hot fretwork from guitarist Kenny Powell behind the likes of "Die by the Blade" and "Bring out the Beast" -- and that must count for something. Heck, even over-the-top closer "In the Arena" is still completely irresistible, no matter a true-blue metal head's age or cynicism; suffice to say Ronnie James Dio would kill to have written it! And yet, because their subsequent albums arguably never matched this first one's consistency, time has not been as kind to Omen's memory as that of, say, the overrated Metal Church, the often ludicrous Manowar, or even well-deserving labelmates Armored Saint. But, for fans of classic American heavy metal looking for a guaranteed mid-'80s delight, there's little chance of a letdown from this release.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/5/1996
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • UPC: 039841421521
  • Catalog Number: 14215
  • Sales rank: 66,505

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Death Rider (3:29)
  2. 2 The Axeman (4:28)
  3. 3 Last Rites (3:41)
  4. 4 Dragon's Breath (3:00)
  5. 5 Be My Wench (4:06)
  6. 6 Battle Cry (3:42)
  7. 7 Die by the Blade (3:09)
  8. 8 Prince of Darkness (2:46)
  9. 9 Bring Out the Beast (4:12)
  10. 10 In the Arena (4:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Omen Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Jody Henry Bass, Background Vocals
Kenny Powell Guitar, Background Vocals
Steve Wittig Drums
J.D. Kimball Vocals
Technical Credits
Ron Fair Engineer
Bill Metoyer Engineer
Scott Singer Engineer
Brian Slagel Producer
Jody Henry Composer
Kenny Powell Composer
Vince Gutierrez Paintings
J.D. Kimball Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Conan the Barbarian metal

    Allthough I dont like dungeons and dragons type metal bands, especially powermetal bands. Nevertheless I still can appriciate Omen for some reason. Maybe because when Omen came out their battlemetal approach was still new. Nowadays the entire metal scene seems to be in a medievel state of mind, but back in the eighties most heavy metal bands sung about sex drugs and r&amp r and more current themes. Omen's fantasy metal sounded really fresh back then They were a band well ahead off their time and they were an early precursor to the powermetal genre except that they were much more primitive sounding and raw. Not as bombastic as the bands in the powermetal genre that followed them. Also Bobby Kimbels low-pitched rough voice sounds different than the high-pitched Lizzy Borden type voices you would expect from that genre. He reminds me a lot of the singer of the Godz for some reason. I dont agree with the editorial review that they sound like a copy of Iron Maiden. There's a some IM influence but they definitly got there own style. Omen is more of a metal band will Iron Maiden is more hardrock.

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