Until a couple of months ago we had no idea that the concept of Hungarian Metal even existed, but now we find ourselves chatting to our third awesome band from Hungary. And, as Budapest’s Omega Diatribe tell us, these bands are indicative of a growing rock and metal scene in the country that’s supported by a back rock of loyal underground support.
The five-piece have honed an infectious brand of extreme groove metal – and the good news is you’ll be able to see it for yourselves in the UK as they play two shows here at the end of this month.
The quintet first started back in 2008 with lead guitarist Gergő Hájer and bassist Ákos Szathmáry, who have survived several lineup changes to get to where they are today. Now, joined by vocalist Milán Lucsányi, guitarist Tamás Höflinger and drummer Tommy Kiss they’re ready to show the world the power of Omega Diatribe. As Gergő puts it: “Wallbreaker sound with deep melancholic melodies and powerful convoluted grooves.”
That much is apparent from the first second of last year’s excellent album Trinity, as it opens up with the intensely good Souls Collide. Quick bursts of chugging guitars kick it off then Milán’s huge screams are supported by intense smashes of low-tuned guitars.
Guttural screams of “My body’s disconnected, New mind has reconnected, What about the past and the pain, My brain must this dimension regain” give way to a seriously cool darting low-tuned guitar groove as the vocals pick up pace. An eerie synth sound suddenly appears alongside stabbing guitar chords before the cool guitar riff returns again – I defy you not to bang your head along with this. Check it out below:
Equally good is third track Trinity, which opens with low-tuned guitars that feed into a bouncy riff under intense screams and cymbal smashes. Their trademark eerie synth comes in under an avalanche of huge vocals and repeated screams of “the universe” then pounding low-tuned guitars support a bridge of creepy synth.
And if you’re looking for disgustingly good riffs then look no further than the intro to Divine of Nature. A lively opening drops into a pause for breath filled with synth, then launches back into another onslaught of terrifying screams. Check it out in the video below:
And there’s much of the same on the excellent Compulsion, which opens up with big chugging guitars that are soon joined by eerie synth sounds in support of Milán’s throat-destroying screamed vocals. Dark searing guitars cut in over a backdrop of chugging guitars as the eerieness creeps up a level, then rumbling guitars support more intense screams in this epic track. Give it a listen below:
Influenced by the likes of Slipknot, Meshuggah and Machine Head, the band bring hard-hitting metal together with groove as well as elements of psychedelic rock and electronica, which forms an intriguing combination.
And on what inspires their music, Gergő tells us: Our inspiration comes from life. We try to manifest our emotions that we cannot describe with words but with our music. Music is definitely a therapy for us. This is what we really like to do.”
We first discovered Hungarian metal when speaking to Harmed back in January, on which Gergő says: “Yep, I saw one of our good friend-band Harmed at GigRadar a few weeks ago. They one of the most promising upcoming bands in Hungary. Actually, the rock/metal scene in Hungary is pretty strong I must say. We have a shitload of amazing bands. The support in the underground scene is also speechless, we are nowhere without our loyal fans.”
As mentioned, Omega Diatribe will be making their UK debut at the end of this month with two shows. The first is at The Dev in London on 29 March, followed by The Pot in Rhyl the following evening. More info on the London show is here, and the Rhyl show here. And, as Gergő alludes, to it sounds like being good fun: “All of you crazy metalheads are welcome if you would like to join an intense headbanging metal show. The only thing you have to know after this interview is the power of our live shows, so please get your ass to one of our UK shows and let’s have a drink or two.”
The UK shows are part of the band’s busy Spring playing 14 shows across four countries, ahead of a series of festivals in the summer then heading off to do a short tour of Spain. They’re also working on new music with the aim of releasing another album next year. More info on all their upcoming gigs is here.