Houston, Texas-based OMOTAI has issued the first of several new videos from their recently-released A Ruined Oak full-length, releasing the visual accompaniment for “Last Of The Green Vial” through a debut hosted by Invisible Oranges.
Recorded by Chris Ryan at Dead City Sound and mastered by James Plotkin, OMOTAI’s A Ruined Oak album delivers an unrelenting dose of charged riff dynamics, pummeling low-end thunder, and infectious hooks. This sprawling, diverse work shows a greater range than anything OMOTAI has done before, with songs drawing from thrash, doom, sludge, extreme metal, hardcore punk, and post-rock.
Offers T.C. Woodruff who created the video for OMOTAI, “Their music has a lot of dread and paranoia, but as people, they’re quite a sarcastic, good humored bunch. I wanted to riff off all of that. “
Invisible Oranges’ intense write-up on the video/song, and of the A Ruined Oak album’s overall concept states in part, “The song, whose NSFW music video you can watch below, describes a communal disaster where an entire town is reduced to body parts, each person now only a ‘skull and ribs and a spine.’ Like the rest of OMOTAI’s A Ruined Oak, the song is explicitly about the colony of Roanoke, an island off the coast of North Virginia where one hundred-fifteen colonizers vanished under less than clear circumstances. However, ‘Last of the Green Vial’ works just as well as a lament for any community wiped out by a force greater than them… In the video, the knight is victorious in fending off the dragon, but the video plays this victory as a joke. Only in staged combat is the human body sturdy enough to ward away its own destruction. In reality we are a needle away from meaninglessness.”
See OMOTAI’s “Last Of The Green Vial” at THIS LOCATION.
Also find the Making Waves comp — all sales of which will be donated directly to United Way Of Greater Houston’s Hurricane Relief Fund for the victims of Hurricane Harvey — at THIS LOCATION.
OMOTAI will release another video from the album in a few weeks. They also continue to book new shows for the coming months with more tour plans to follow next year.
11/25/2017 Cactus Music – Houston, TX [4pm in-store performance]
1/26/2018 The Secret Group – Houston, TX
2/03/2018 Faust Tavern – San Antonio, TX
Decibel offers, “While they most easily fit under the banner of sludge metal, OMOTAI have reached all over the spectrum of heavy music to arrive at A Ruined Oak. Everything from doom and thrash to hardcore punk and post-rock can be heard on the album…” Treble describes a sound which, “blends an intense metal power with an abrasive punk sensibility, the end result not unlike some of the heavier experiments of KEN Mode or Inter Arma. It’s a bruiser.”
Houston Press boasts, “On their new album, A Ruined Oak, they prove that heavy music and loud guitars are far from dead, while dropping one of the strongest releases the genre has seen this year… Magic occurs when these four play together…” New Noise Magazine’s feature includes, “Fusing an eclectic bunch of influences, the main grit and rumble remain—everything is just done better and with more conviction. Mixing influences such as Black Tusk, Intronaut, Pelican, Bison B.C., a touch of Converge, and a chunk of Kylesa has rendered a distilled product. Dual female and male vocals scream over a groove-motivated cluster of gritty riffs. As much as this record gut-punches, the technical perseverance elevates their sound—especially the intricate guitar work, piercing leads, and precise yet loose drumming—but OMOTAI bring a caustic execution of original ideas and fortitude.”