Label: Holy Roar Records
Can I confess something? Something that might seem vaguely controversial in modern metal circles, if not outright blasphemous? Previously records by Ohhms had left me slightly cold. Oh sure, I could appreciate them in a technical sense – I’d have to be a literally fool to not be impressed by the ambition and sheer muscianship on display on previous albums like The Fool – but with Exist, it feels as if all the potential demonstrated on such albums has reached its apex. Containing four songs of progressive sludge metal laced through with post-metal influence, Exist is an album as notable for its technical virtuosity as it is its emotional bloodletting; an album that pushes the envelope in terms of song structure, complexity, and sheer heart. In short, it’s a bit bloody good.