HistoryDjent/mallcore act Omega Diatribe was formed by Gergo Hájer (guitar) and Ákos Szathmáry (bass) in 2008. A drummer left in 2010 and tracks were uploaded in 2012. The debut full-length demo Iapetus arrived in 2013. Drummer David left in 2014. Naturally, Kevin Talley joined. He appeared on the Abstract Ritual EP before the arrival of Tommy Kiss. Ear Records had signed the band in 2015 and re-issued Iapetus. Metal Scrap issued the band’s first full-length album. The band toured Eastern Europe to support Trinity in the autumn of 2018. Kiss was replaced by Richard ‘Ricsi’ who had worked with the band before after the former left to focus on his other goals. In advance of the Metanoia album the Hungary-based band had a single called Parallel through Metal Scrap. Hungary-based band Omega Diatribe had a music video for Mirror Neuron from Metanoia in 2020.
The band changed its drummer following the release of the Metanoia album. After a relatively short career in the band, Richard Szpuszenik’s job was taken over by Daniel Szabo. The man is known from Ektomorf and Bloody Roots.
OMEGA DIATRIBE – TRINITY – METAL SCRAP
It is not so much that Omega Diatribe is a bad band or its music is weak, but it is that the group is boring and its offering is mundane. It is amusing, in a way, that a band that has such distortion, guitars and grunting vocals can make so little impact. The group’s mid to slow-paced music is one culprit. The band’s love for nu/mall music, which they call groove metal, is another issue. By the way, who could remember when the inflection point was when nu-metal and mallcore bands shunning their style began instead calling themselves ‘groove metal’?
As for Omega Diatribe, the songs are nothing special. It’s a longer than average slab of distorted music, discontented vocals and middle-of-the-road chords without leads and frills. The muted riffs are matter-of-fact. The defecating voice of the singer sits on top of the barbed wire music and on occasion the band incorporates spoken word (Denying Our Reality), dubs (Oblation) or acoustic guitars as on the aforementioned Denying Our Reality. The vocals could come from Chimaira. The album’s closer Tukdam ends with some Arabic or bedouin melodies. – Anna Tergel
OMEGA DIATRIBE – METANOIA – METAL SCRAP
The new album of Omega Diatribe is not so much a metanoia as it is an evolution for these Hungarian musicians. This sub-genre is ever going to be one of my personal favourites, but it is quite clear that the band has mellowed its djent and abrasive influences to produce a more contemplative record here. The crushing riffs and brutal chords are here alright but they are interspersed with slower and more pensive interludes. Long is a thoughtful instrumental, but it merely follows a track like Death Touch, which is much more varied than its brutal start initially indicates and so it goes. There is still plenty of Gojira and Meshuggah-inspired music, the guitars sound like a triggered barbed wire and the vocals are generally harsh and in assault mode, yet there is more groove, more progressive moments and dynamism on this record. Whether that is a good or bad thing is up to you. – Ali “The Metallian”