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I could very easily start and end this review with two simple words... FUCKING BRUTAL. I'm admittedly not a huge death metal fan but this CD may very well change my outlook on the genre. It's that damn good.

Vic Gonzalez's vocals are as low, grinding and (once again) brutal as it gets. His guitar playing is also quite exceptional. (side note: Vic plays a custom guitar called "the desecrator" that is one of the coolest things you'll ever see. "kill yourself" inlayed in red on the frets adds to it as well.) Both live and on the CD this three piece New Jersey band is tight and precise. Drummer Jay Meerholz and bassist Drew Korwin both have complete and utter control of their instruments. They make a hell of a rhythm section.

The entire disc comes across like a well thought out massacre. Intercorpse is a soundtrack to a beating. If you like death metal AT ALL I very highly recommend this CD and I also highly, highly recomend catching these guys live if you can. I was blown away. Ominousis is just a great band... period. I do believe that this is the first review where I've actually cursed in... so once again I say, FUCKING BRUTAL.
Ominous, a Rotting Reords release is packed full of some of the sickest brutality i have heard thus far. I love every aspect of this 3 piece band, such as their guitar tones, vocals, and drums. Really a great death metal album that i hope everyone will pick up and give a listen. This band is based out of Chicago, Ill I had to blast this disc very loud to satisfy my desire to pit right in my living room. This band is reminicent of Eternal Suffering which is a good thing. Not a bad thing.  The album is called: Intercorpse, and once you pop it in, you'll know that they properly titled this release. the album cover says it all and then some. This disc i reccomend to every metalhead who is tired of the same crap being spewed out right now. The drum work is excellent, and the guitars perfect as expected . I give this band a 10 on the creative, and the brutality scale.  I don't have a website for this band, but you can go to and find more about these guys.  Don't waste time,do it now!!! 
Ominous: Intercorpse
Rotting Corpse
14! Remember this number when you put this very brutal, very sick and twisted CD in to play. I knew when I saw the front cover of a woman doing a corpse this CD was and did rip my throat out. It reminds me of the time I had food poisoning and would blow chunks all night, wishing that I was dead and the world would just go away. Ominous is all of this and more… I love every second of it!

Country: USA
Genre: Death Metal
Label: Rotting Corpse Records
Year Of Release: 2005
Length: 37:39

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This album is all about the incredible songwriting, the sickening imagery, and the Brutality towards the music, “Intercorpse” is an album filled with pounding and insane tunes, hellish vocals, incredible drumming, awesome bass playing and a lot of really catchy riffs all along the record.

Judging by the cover, a really hot girl having sex with a putrid corpse, we can say “Man this band must be brutal as hell”, but that would be a wrong verdict. Yes the music is insanely brutal, but it also has structures and scales (detail lost in most Brutal Death Metal bands nowadays), the music can get really aggressive, but the breakdowns and bridges settle a whole new impression towards the tracks; brutal yet
catchy music.

There are many incredible tracks in “Intercorpse”, in fact the really good stuff comes from the 8th to the last track (that segment is just awesome), we can even hear a mind blowing and complex bass solo (Infected Flesh), the most awesome double-bass drumming (Behind The Shaded Skies), incredible guitar riffs in 13 years of pain (this song has a really cool video about a sick girl peeling her skin off), etc. Ominous is hitting powerfully the metal scene with this album; a couple of years more of polishing the music, adding some complex guitar solos, and arranging general stuff here and there, and you’ll be hearing this band all over the Metal scene, with more incredible tracks and astonishing music.

The production is actually incredible, the instruments sound loud and really lucid, the riffing sounds clean and the vocalizations are incredibly clear as well. So, to every Death Metal fan, I recommend you to grab this piece, hear it, and then make your own judgment, I know I liked it.

Best Tracks: “13 Years Of Pain”, “Behind The Shaded Skies”, “The Sleeper”.

Ominous Review 1
Ominous - Self Titled (review by Pete)

Here's a release to listen to while you're hacking up neighbor, or beating the neighborhood poser to death with a claw hammer!  Ominous delivers the goods in a HUGE way with the release of the horrific "Intercorpse" on Chicago's Rotting Corpse Records.  The most stunning thing to anyone who picks this CD up is the cover art by Craig Simpson, which is incredibly detailed and sickness at its finest.  It features a hot metal chick, with her tits out, riding the penis of a dead body she's got dug up.  These sick bastards actually show penetration if you can believe it!  It's brutal as hell, just like you death metal maniacs love!  The art piece is called "Necrolust" by the artist.  The rest of the artwork is great and the booklet is filled with pictures, lyrics, and much more.  Huge kudos to drummer Jay Meerholz for sporting a Heavycore shirt in his photo and for the band mentioning the Core in their thanks section.

This 14-song epic is brutal from beginning to end, with some wicked crunching guitar madness and vocals from front man Victor Gonzalez, intense drumming from Jay Meerholz, and killer bottom end punishment from bass player Drew Kerwin.  These guys draw from a variety of influences that range from Cannibal Corpse, to Obituary and beyond.  They've got everything from the most intense blast beats, to some killer mosh pit madness - so the listener will get a taste of it all.  This CD doesn't let up for a minute . . . maybe long enough for you to listen to your victim scream for a minute between beatings.  They'll be putting "Battered" on the upcoming Heavycore compilation CD "Core Til Death IV".  My favorite tracks were "13 Years of Pain" and the title track "Intercorpse" but the whole thing slays.  

If you dig your metal heavy, fast, chunky, and demonic - then you'll just love Ominous.  If you have any pussies on the block, you might want to tie them up and scare them senseless with this slab of never-ending sickness!

Ominous Review 2
Ominous - Self Titled (review by Pete)

I tossed this demo into my CD player and didn't really know what to expect and Ominous delivered the goods in a big way. The quality of the recording is decent for a demo and you can tell these guys did their metal homework with some sweet heavy riffs that brought me back to the late 80's. This three-piece from New Jersey show their metal roots loud and clear as they play a cool mix of death and black metal with some of the most wicked blast beats I've heard in a while.

Some of the heaviest riffs reminded me of some of Obituary at times but the vocals from guitar player/singer Victor were beyond brutal. This guy can really belt it out - sometimes down in the depths with some insane death metal growling and then busting out a shrill scream like he's getting knifed in the back. Or maybe it's some poser scum he's running down in the process? His guitar work was good, with some cool mood music to intro a couple of the tracks that reminded me of old Testament at times. The bass player Eric, and drummer Jayson also did a good job of holding the bottom end down, as all metal bands must do.

The song "13 Years of Pain" is going to be featured on the Heavycore DVD "Roasting Posers Volume I" and it was probably my favorite track on the demo. Very kick ass band with some good old school roots. Check them out for sure at

Ominous Review 2
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Ominous is a Death Metal band from USA, not to mistake with the Swedish DM combo of the same name. Victor (Lead vocals/guitars), and Jay (Drums) gathered in 2001 and released a four songs Demo the same year.

Eric is added on bass in 2003, and, strong of 3 members, Ominous began to play Live in their area, in New Jersey (opened for Kataklysm & Suffocation), at The Milwaukee Metal Fest 2003, in New York City (Opened for Deicide in Sept.03, will also play November 2, 2003 + Opening for Dying Fetus December 20, 2003), and some shows are also set for Chicago.

Ominous present here their debut CD, self released, composed of 11 tracks of energetic Death Metal, some short tracks executed in a vivid and incisive style. The Intro is made like a horror film with frightening guests noises, murders and terrified screams, that set up the atmospheres of this forceful and restless album.
Sharp riffs and pronounced drumming shape an effective old school style, as in the second 'What is There for Me', played on a mid tempo alternated with ultra fast parts, or the more grinding '13 years of Pain', marked by broken riffs and drum beats on the instrumental passage.

The tracks are varied, and the sudden and short acceleration of the drumming on the rawer parts add brutality and energy to Ominous style, as in the longer and pounding 'Emptiness'. This track even develops some melodic riffs in the intro, guest noises also a solo, and sustained alternated vocals. The guttural yet raspy Death Metal vocals alternate with more screamed tones on the brutal parts, and lower growls dwell the catchier passages. The different vocals fit perfectly the changing style, as on 'Tears of Fear', where screamed vocals mark the ultra fast parts, while low and balanced DM growls add heavier touch to the slow yet doom break.

One of the highlight is 'Lifeless', a changing track opened with softer riffs, then ultra fast parts alternated with short breaks that are enhanced by a dynamic and outstanding guitar work. Ominous keep a balanced and effective Death Metal style, with at times a more modern sound as on the rhythmic 'Intercorpse', or more extreme tones, like on the short and ultra violent 'Dead Cunt', punctuated by the scanned and screamed vocals. Several changes mark the longer tracks & thicken their genuine style as on the powerful 'The Sleeper', raised by a more muffled guitar sound, several breaks and an acoustic outro.

Ominous even dare some darker tones, as on the nostalgic 'Rank', an atmospheric tune contrasting with the other compositions. These acoustic and melodic lines also mark the last and instrumental 'Heart of Sorrow'.

This release strikes as a slap, a good album of brutal & varied Death Metal, get it and head bang, recommended! The layout is a bit succinct but the 11 energetic tracks composing this outstanding album largely make up for this detail, that will for sure be improved as the band will find a Label to set their releases on a proper format. Ominous are so looking for a Label.

Ominous Review 3
Review Done By Morbid Mark

Welcome to New Jersey. These guys got some real brutality going on here. Some of the best death metal I have heard in a while. Wile listening I noticed Some extremely fast blast beats that melt into a killer rhythm. I listened to this CD about 2 hours straight trying to find something wrong with it. And I was happily disappointed. In a market so heavily saturated with new death metal bands, it seems like I have been lucky enough to find a few different bands this year that just force you to break your neck banging your head to them, and this is one.
From the out start, a killer intro fallowed by some blasting beats that work into the track "What Is There For me". this tracked gets your chest pumped to prepare for the other tracks. By the time I looked up I was into the 7th track, This is a very easy disc to lose time too. I will not review each song separately because I could say so much about each song. I will tell you that I could not choose a favorite. At the point I thought my neck was going to snap it goes into a guitar instrumental? They do it great. Then it works into the next track which starts out like another guitar instrumental. Then it goes into brutal as hell riffs which by that time I had to sit back and take a breath to catch up. I have not one bad thing to say about these guys. MAKE SURE TO CHECK THEM OUT.

Ominous Review 4
Okay, so I see a bunch of posts from this band Ominous around the net proclaiming that they are giving out free CD’s to anyone who wants them, and at first I think, “Wow, they must suck” since I didn’t see a lot of people jumping on the chance to get free metal, and that is strange really. However, I put in my bid for a free disk, and I’m extremely glad I did. Ominous is a New Jersey based death metal band and not to be confused with the Swedish band of the same name.

What I received in the mail, is a disk with 11 tracks. 11 kick-ass tracks at that. From the beginning intro track to the 10th song, this disk smokes with pure, unadulterated hardcore. In short, it fucking rocks. Each song is arranged in what I can only describe as a tribal death format. It seems that this band has deep old school tribal death roots and while this is normally NOT something that is prevalent in good metal of today, Ominous does it like it should be done. There seems to be a distinct old school death sound that I totally dig. The band is aptly named, because the distinct and deeply dark sound is jammed into your head at full force, and true tribal death is at worst intimidating and angry and at best, it is ominous, frightening and full of rage. This disk is all of that. I’ve listened to it frequently since it’s arrival, and when I’m pissed off, I shove Ominous into the CD player and drive around town looking for a fight. I want people to HEAR how angry I am and right now, nothing in my CD case does it better than Ominous. If I had any complaints about the disk, I would have to say that it’s way too short, checking in at only 26:24, and the production could be better. It seems at times that the bass kick and the bass guitar are on the same frequency, and the production becomes a little muddy. However, the guitar work is good, and fast throughout most of the songs, and the lyrics, in true death metal fashion are deep growls that can actually be understood. The drummer sounds kick-ass but in truth, the kick drum seems so far back as to seem inconsequential at times, while the same cannot be said for the snare, toms, and cymbals, which set against the backdrop of the heavy guitar and deep bass seem kind of tinny and way up in the front. Not to worry, Ominous shines on this disk, changing up and moving on, even to a sweet, cleanly played guitar instrumental track to end the disk called Heart of Sorrow. Officianados of hardcore percussion will appreciate the fact that the drummer is prone to short bursts of raw brutality that set the mood up a notch, and set the heads to banging, while maintaining a brutal drive throughout.
I would recommend this disk to any true metalhead, it makes an excellent addition to any collection, and I look forward to seeing this band go on to bigger and better things. Maybe someday, we’ll share a stage with them, and until then, keep the faith, stay metal, stay hard, stay OMINOUS!
Favorite track-track 5…wanna know what the name of the song is?? Get this disk and find out for yourself!!!

Ominous Review 5
Grind Daddy
Article By: Grind Daddy

Ominous' self titled full length demo is one of the most unique forms of the art we call death/black metal I’ve heard. The CD starts out with an intro of ramblings and sounds passing by and echo’s of the band's name and leads into the first track entitled 'What Is There For Me'. This track is one of the most intense tracks on the album, and features Victor tearing away his vocal chords and shredding his axe; Eric slapping away at his bass, and Jayson plowing through with his intense drum lines and heart-pounding double bass. Other stand out tracks include: 'Tears Of Fear' and '13 Years Of Pain'. 'Tears Of Fear' is an intense death metal song with some of the heaviest and fastest drum lines and some of the hardest double bass I’ve heard, as well as some of the loudest screaming guitar solos as well. Vocals in this song are as intense as the likes of Cannibal Corpse, Pro Pain, Six Feet Under, and so many more. '13 Years Of Pain' starts out with the guitars calling in the rest of the music followed in by the fast death metal pounds of the snare and toms. The cracks in the voice and the insanity going on in this song is enough to drive a grown man to cry. On top of the good songs, this CD is mastered and produced very well. The artwork was pretty intense and made me think about the band before even opening the CD. I recommend everyone have a copy of this CD in your collection before the band runs out and/or gets signed.

My Rating of this CD

Ominus Review 6

OMINOUS -  Ominous
(Self released~2003)
I really love stuff like this and these guys from New Jersey sure picked a great name because their sound certainly is ominous. These 9 tracks of mid to fast paced Death Metal will have you writhing in agony from the force of your head banging. They definitely have their roots in good stuff from the US Death scene (IMMOLATION, MOLEVOLENT CREATION, etc.) with some grinding blast moments and a devastating low end that crushes with every riff. Im telling you this stuff is HEAVY and accompanied by gruesome, venomous growling. It would seem that more than one member takes care of vocal duties because theirs a lot of variety in the vocals with most being the aforementioned gruesome and venomous kind but there are also a bit higher pitched and tortured screams. I’ve always thought Metal is great for the soul but it also turns out that it’s great for a sore back - no doubt caused by the head banging - because this has such a rumbling low end that when you crank it up the entire room shakes ! The disc actually has 11 tracks but the beginning track is an intro and the ending track changes the mood drastically with an acoustic outro. Great stuff that comes highly recommended for Death Metal and even Grind fanatics. You want something that crushes ? You got it with OMINOUS.

Hailing from North Jersey, Ominous state that they are a band brought together by a wonderful thing called News paper adds. A classic tale of many bands who have seen success, and Ominous look set to do the same. On an eventful day in 2001, Victor Gonzalez and Jayson Meerholz met via the Aquarian classifieds, and formed a most brutal union. Jay and Victor jammed out from that day forward and recorded their own four song self titled Demo in Jays basement on an 8 track recorder. This self made demo has circulated all over North Jersey and all around the world to different recording labels way before they even played a show together. Many Fans could not believe there was only 2 guys in the band, but this changed In the summer of 2003 through word of mouth when the guys met up with bassist Eric Dahlberg. So, this three piece death metal band now take on the underground metal scene with their own refreshing outlook on their music. These guys tear it up, no doubt about that. The line up are: Victor Gonzalez - guitars/vocals, Jayson Meerholz - drums and Eric Dahlberg - bass/backing vocals. Check out their web site at and download some tunes.