Orpheus Omega - So It Begins... (2009)
This debut EP from Melbourne-based melodic death metallers Orpheus Omega sounds very much like "Slaughter Of The Soul"-era At The Gates. So much so that it's pretty close to plagiarism. They even use a sneaky "Let's go!" as the opening track kicks into gear. Admittedly they do it pretty well though. The riffs are nice & chunky & the production is very good too. The main point of difference here is the extensive use of keyboards. Unfortunately this element takes an otherwise pretty heavy melodic death metal sound & adds just enough cheese to taint the overall atmosphere for me. I appreciate that they tried something a bit different but it's not really to my taste.