With a handful of singles to their name and gaining international exposure, Another Now come forth with their debut full-length, ‘Omni’. Combining a wide range of styles and delivering slabs of riffs and hooks in equal measure, ‘Omni’ serves as a strong introduction to the group.
Fusing together gliding melodies with groove driven riffs and a hefty dose of growling vocals, ‘Parallax’ sets the tone from the get go, diving between grooving and heavy verses, crystal clear choruses, and a dynamic performance from vocalist, Stef Rikken. With the addition of a strong electronica driven bridge and a weighty coda, Another Now show that they aren’t content with playing it straight down the middle.
Continuing to meld styles and simultaneously hone in on the key aspects of metalcore, following number ‘Cascade’ leans towards the heavier sideb as guttural growls and a devastating breakdown sit alongside swirling melodies and pumping synths.
Whilst the rap driven and chugging ‘Trojan’ closes the opening trilogy, ‘Omni’ begins to prove that it isn’t a front loaded record, as the breathless ‘Decisions’ confidently proves. Following on from the restrained and drum and bass infused ‘Vapors’, ‘Decisions’ takes its hook heavy chorus and sandwiches it between a barrage of disjointed riffs and lurching synths to create a frantic mix of influences and tight songwriting.
The same can be said for both ‘Hollow’ and ‘Outflow’, which both continue to refine the quintet’s blend of crunching metalcore, electronica, and nu-metal leanings. Whilst the former continues to solidify the group’s knack for seamlessly transitioning from chaos to radio-friendly choruses, the latter hints at a more experimental avenue. Whilst still buoyed by a hook heavy chorus, ‘Outflow’ plays with its structure to create a more dynamic listen.
With ‘Laika’, Another Now continue to push their sound further. It takes a sweeping approach to metalcore, filled with grinding guitars, huge choruses and breakdowns, and looks to move away from the expected to create a sound that is more unique. The same can be said for closer, ‘We Died At Least A Thousand Times’, as the group forge moments of serenity and progressive metal style riffs for a strong conclusion.
Whilst ‘Omni’ doesn’t carve out its own sound for Another Now, it does boast a strong collection of tracks. Given room to grow and hone in on their niche, Another Now could easily sit alongside their influences.