Review: Robert Hood – Omega

Label: M-Plant
Catalog#: M.PM8


1. Alpha (The Beginning)
2. The Plague (Cleansing Maneuvers)
3. Towns That Disappeared Completely
4. Alpha
5. Think Fast
6. The Workers of Iniquity
7. Are You God?
8. The Family Watches
9. War in the Streets
10. Saved By The Fire
11. The Wheels of Escape
12. Omega (End Times)

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When being able to create a conceptual album, it often feels as the old traditions in the artist’s sound disappears in benefit for just that concept.

Robert Hood re-issued his ‘Minimal Nation’ last year, where his early and classic sound was made available again. The timelessness of ‘Minimal Nation’ was still tangiable and it felt natural for it to be available again in new copies, but it was also time for a new album.

Even though there’s clear references to ‘The Omega Man’ movie, the album is not meant to run along it as a soundtrack, but rather to be considered as a techno interpretation of the film. The result is an atmospheric and very steady LP, where Hood reveals a side of his music that is less tied to the dancefloor as such, but rather focusing on this inspiration.

Even though the album feels true to his music, there’s a feeling of that something is missing out. For me, that feeling is the uncompromising core which has driven his M-Plant as well as ‘The Vision’ alias towards the timelessness of his hypnotic grooves.

When listening through the album, that missing feeling is replaced by a sense of calmness. Even in its most pounding moments, the sound remains steady as within a relaxed atmosphere. Valuable enough, that feeling alone makes up for the missing aspects, and also gives ‘Omega’ a place of being essential in a different way.

Following up on the single ‘Alpha / Omega (End Times)’, the rest of the album has a different sound going off from that single – especially in the highlight sound of ‘The Wheels of Escape’ and ‘The Family Watches’. Here, Hood is able to use sparse elements in a way that, subjectively, feels as previously untouched areas of his sound. The rhythm always feels as it’s going somewhere, reaching deep within the heart as well as keeping his original idea for ‘Omega’ intact.

‘Omega’ is appreciated, but in a different way from Hood’s previous material – being the judge of that, it’s hard being totally certain of it’s essentialities comparing to the previous material. This special piece of work is one that needs to be decided from personal factos, rather than being suited for the DJ or dancefloor.

My favorite tracks:

The Wheels of Escape

The Plauge (Cleansing Maneuvers)

The Family Watches

1 Response to “Review: Robert Hood – Omega”

  1. 1 Laura March 19, 2011 at 10:42

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