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Below is our complete Omen news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Omen Is Back For More

U.S. epic power metal band Omen is set to release new album "Hammer Damage" worldwide on May 31st via DSN Music!

“Hammer Damage” is a tribute to original singer J.D.Kimball, featuring Kevin Goocher on vocals, Andy Hass on bassm and the return of original drummer Steve Wittig. A global tour is coming after the release, with full details set to arrive shortly.

“Hammer Damage” makes it's global broadcast debut over RockRadio KDKT, with Madd Maxx Hammer this week, who said “ Everyone at DSN is pumped to finally get this record out to the masses.”

The band also just dropped a clip (available below) titled “Omen: Back For More!” chronicling a brief history and overview of the group featuring founder Kenny Powell, and a look at the upcoming album. More...

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Omen Reveals "Hammer Damage" Details

Omen's "Hammer Damage" album is set to arrive on CD format via Pure Steel Records on May 27th, 2016. The first edition comes with a special colored grey tray and the pre-order phase will start on May 13th. Pure Steel comments:

"With the signing of U.S. metal legend Omen an old dream of ours has come true. For us, at Pure Steel Records, classic albums like 'Battle Cry' and 'Warning of Danger' are historical contributions to the metal world. With a striking release entitled 'Hammer Damage,' the first studio album since 'Eternal Black Dawn' (2003), Omen is back in the saddle and means serious business. The new album was mixed by Kenny Powell and mastered by QuSound Studio/Michael Kusch.

"When listening to epic and catchy power hymns such as 'Hammer Damage' (the incisive title track) or the hard pounding 'Cry Havoc' or the masculine pathos 'Hellas,' fans of the Californian quartet will completely go crazy. Already active in Omen between 1998 and 2009, Kevin Goocher (also Phantom X), with his raspy voice, will often remind you of the late J.D. Kimball, while guitarist Kenny Powell, also part of the 2016 lineup, has obviously not lost any of the striking guitar skills he displayed during Omen’s glorious early days.

"With 'Hammer Damage,' Omen clearly show that they are ready to reclaim their throne as masters of unadulterated U.S. metal." More...

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Omen Announces European Tour Dates

U.S. metal legends Omen announced a string of European tour dates in support of the upcoming new release "Hammer Damage." Direct support will come from German speed metal act Masters of Disguise. Omen will celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the classic album "Battle Cry" as well as play new tracks.

"Hammer Damage" was originally slated for a fall 2014 release via DSN Music with distribution through Pure Steel Records, but it was pushed back to an undisclosed release date.

Confirmed dates are as follows:

12th March 2015 Jam, Koblenz (D)
13th March 2015 Little Devil, Tilburg (NL)
14th March 2015 German SwordBrothers Festival, Lünen (D)
15th March 2015 UJZ, Uelsen (D)
16th March 2015 7er Club, Mannheim (D)
19th March 2015 Rockfabrik, Ludwigsburg (D)
20th March 2015 Schlachthaus, Dornbirn (A)
22nd March 2015 Rockfesthall, Hamme (B) More...

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Vocalist Kevin Goocher Rejoins Omen

Vocalist Kevin Goocher announced that he has re-joined U.S. metal legends Omen and will be heard on the upcoming new release "Hammer Damage," which is to be released via DSN Music, with distribution via Pure Steel Records. In a post on his Facebook wall, Goocher stated:

"I am proud to announce that I am singing with Omen again. I am happy to be back with Kenny Powell, Andy Haas, and Steve Wittig after all of these years. I am currently working on the vocals for the Hammer Damage album that will be released soon on Pure Steel Records and DSN Music. This album will be great! We have dates booked for South America with Manilla Road in July and UP THE HAMMERS FESTIVAL in 2015 as well as Kronic Productions Hell Fest in June. We are on the verge of epicness and the saga continues....."

Goocher was with the band from 1998-2003, having previously performed on the 2003 album "Eternal Black Dawn," the last Omen studio release. He replaces Matt Story, who had joined in 2011. Omen's current lineup is:

Kenny Powell (guitars)
Andy Haas (bass)
Kevin Goocher (vocals)
Steve Wittig (drums)

The track list for the upcoming "Hammer Damage" is:

1. Hammer Damage
2. Knights Of The Cross
3. Era Of Crisis
4. Epitaph For A Warrior
5. The Canyon
6. Demons
7. Caligula
8. Hellas
9. A.F.U. More...

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Ragnarokkr Metal Apocalypse Lineup Announced

The Ragnarokkr Metal Apocalypse 2013 will take place in Chicago this coming May 3rd and 4th. The full lineup has now been revealed and is available below. The organizers of the festival also commented:

"Ragnarokkr Metal Apocalypse is the premier true metal festival in North America - keeping underground metal alive in the states. They've quickly gained an infamous reputation across the world by featuring many legendary bands all at one event.

"Some Ragnarokkr veterans include the reunion of Brocas Helm, the German power metal masters Wizard for their only USA show, Helstar for the first time in the Midwest in over 2 decades, Voltax for their first USA appearance, Obsession featuring Michael Vescera, and the epic Virgin Steele. 2013 will be the best year yet! For more details, visit this location."

Rock Club Stage

Oz (Sweden, first USA show)
Tyrant’s Reign (back after 7 yrs)
Sleepy Hollow
Ashbury (first metal show)
Eldritch (Italy)
Shok Paris
Split Heaven (Mexico, first USA show)
October 31
Blood Feast
Earthen More...

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Omen's New Album Delayed

Pure Steel Records has issued the following announcement about the "Hammer Damage" album from Omen being postponed:

"We regret to inform you that the new Omen album 'Hammer Damage' release is postponed again. The hurricane damage to Kenny Powell's house was larger than first thought, so problems in the completion of mixing and mastering could not be avoided. We were hoping to finally being able to realize a release at the specified date - it was not to be."

Guitarist Kenny Powell adds: "First off I hate to be an excuse maker, but I have had a huge problem with the studio, I have been putting off a new roof on my house until the record was finished, after several days of heavy rain, the studio was flooded and the roof collapsed in. It took me several days to patch things up and clean up all of the equipment, thankfully nothing was damaged."

The "Hammer Damage" track listing is as follows:

1. Hammer Damage
2. Knights of the Cross
3. Era of Crisis
4. Epitaph for a Warrior
5. The Canyon
6. Demons
7. Caligula
8. Hellas
9. A.F.U.

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Omen Parts Ways With Vocalist George Call

Omen guitarist Kenny Powell has posted the following update online, in which he announces the departure of vocalist George Call and his replacement in Matt Story. You can read the statement below:

"I loved George singing for Omen. I have great respect for him. However, I made a commitment to Omen and myself three years ago to try and do the final three Omen records equal to the first three. I was 53 at the time, I am now 56 and want to accomplish every thing possible before my skills start to diminish. At this rate I will get my first social security check before I finish a new Omen record. It is simply not acceptable for me to wait any longer. . . At this point in time I must put Omen above anything else.

"The new record is finally moving forward, and the great thing for me is that it is going to be even better than I thought possible. Matt Story is doing the vocals. He was the person that I wanted all along, [but] it was not possible because of other commitments. He has a great voice and has time to do the Omen CD now. He has been here every time I have asked and busted his ass to three and four in the morning without a single complaint.

"I honestly feel that 'Hammer Damage' will shock the metal world.

"Look for the new CD by early spring, and then we can start touring again. I think Greece should be the first stop!"

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Hallows Eve Added To TMT Metal Fest Lineup

Hallows Eve is the latest act to be confirmed for the 2010 edition of the TMT Metal Fest, which is schedule to take placed from September 24th through 26th in Middletown, NY. Other confirmed acts for the festival include The Misfits, Scum of the Earth, Greene Jelly, Omen, Vicious Rumors, Deathriders, Diecast, Texas Hippie Coalition, Forever in Terror, Stemm, and Caustic Method. The festival will also feature special guest Metal Sanaz. Additional details on the festival can be found at this location.

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Icarus Witch Welcomes New Vocalist

Pittsburgh melodic metal band ICARUS WITCH has announced a change in their lead vocalist. In a statement from the band's official site they explained the situation:

"We are excited to announce yet another massive shift in our ranks as we welcome new vocalist Christopher Shaner to the ICARUS WITCH circle and part ways amicably with original vocalist, Matthew Bizilia. Matthew's contributions to the band have been immeasurable over the past six years. While this was a serious decision for both parties, professional differences of opinion led to the change. Bizilia is a phenomenal talent who will always be a part of the Witch family as we wish him much success on his future ventures."

Incoming vocalist and Erie, Pennsylvania native Shaner is a long time friend and collaborator of guitarist Quinn Lukas. Before Quinn moved to Pittsburgh to join ICARUS WITCH in 2006, he had worked on various musical projects with the singer. Much like the recent acquisition of second guitarist Ed Skero, the choice to add Christopher to the band was based on a combination of what he brings to the lineup personally, musically and professionally. His powerful vocal range, sense of harmony and intense work ethic are a perfect fit for the next phase of this band. Writing for the follow-up to Draw Down The Moon has already commenced with the new recruits and it promises to be the band's most diverse, melodic and epic release ever. More...

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Strychnine Added To Satanica Records Compilation

Washington metal act Strychnine has been added to the upcoming Satanica Records metal compilation. Strychnine will be adding their song "Legions of Lucifer" and a cover of Venom's "Black Metal." The currently announced track listing for the upcoming compilation is as follows:

1. Omen - Wrath of the black witchery
2. Selonath - Spero
3. Wolfherr - The blackness of night
4. Astral winter - Illustrations of death
5. Valkynaz - Stimmen von des absteigenden nebels
6. Perpetual dawn - ...Of night
7. Crescent moon - Dew
8. Hate moon - The white knight
9. Abismo - Cease to exist
10. Affliction gate - Knights
11. Avertia - The wedding
12. Buer- Nihil
13. Blackspell - Eternal winter to my soul
14. Dark theory - Darkness below
15. Dhul-qarnayn - Perdition
16. Godless - I am Satan
17. Grimacabre - Ugly within
18. Infernal moon - Crossing the footpath hell
19. Morbider - Bloodstained
20. Morgvir - Towards the black horizon
21. Naetu - Misanthropic nightmare
22. Nostra - Ame glacial
23. Noz diloar - Karriguel an ankou
24. Rever - Understand death has no use for time
25. Shrine of ammon - Shadow of a fallen angel
26. Strychnine - Black metal (venom cover)
27. Strychnine - Legions of lucifer
28. Throne of malediction - Red death
29. Wake to the mourning - Operation to enlighten the mind
30. Winterblast - The empyreal abyss
31. Azordon - Doom II
32. Necrolust - Reign Of Devil
33. Moon - Forest Samhain
34. Ophidian Forest - Pagan Pride In Hell
35. Zebulon Kosted - Dragons Blood Part I
36. Subterra Demort - Apostle Of Lucifer
37. Rotting In A Open Field - Demon Inside
38. Dechristianisierung Europas - Keiner Weint Nach Dieser Stunde
39. Super Black Object - Bathe In Black Light
40. Brutal Death Fuck - Children Of The Necronomicon

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Glorior Belli Announces New Drummer "G"

Glorior Belli has announced the addition of new drummer "G." The band comments on the progress of their new album with the new drummer, "And G. (Frostmoon Eclipse, Deathrow, Macabre, Omen) has just laid down the drum tracks for the new record: 'The Full Intrepid Experience of Light' - To be released later this year."

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Imagika To Co-Headline Warriors Of Metal Fest

Bay area thrashers Imagika have been confirmed to co-headline the Friday night slot of the Warriors of Metal Fest III Open Air along with Omen. The festival takes place in Chillicothe, Ohio on June 25th and 26th, 2010. More information on the festival can be found at this location.

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Merciless Death Announce New Album Release Date

MERCILESS DEATH annihilated the unsuspecting masses in early 2007 with their scorching debut "Evil in the Night". Eager to keep fans banging their heads, thrash metal purveyors MERCILESS DEATH have set a release date for their highly anticipated sophomore effort entitled "Realm of Terror", which will be unleashed on May 20. Gracing the cover of "Realm of Terror" will be artwork be legendary metal artist Andreas Marschall, whose talents have been displayed on classic albums by such bands as SODOM, KING DIAMOND, DESTRUCTION and OBITUARY. And once again Heavy Artillery Records will be pulling out all the stops with limited edition vinyl featuring a full color gatefold jacket, inner sleeve, deluxe 24” x 24” poster and limited colored vinyl.

MERCILESS DEATH will land on European soil for the first time with an exclusive appearance at the upcoming Keep It True X festival on April 4. This historic event marks the tenth installment of the legendary festival and is celebrated with exclusive early material sets by JAG PANZER, MANILLA ROAD, HELSTAR, OMEN, TITAN FORCE, and ATTACKER, amongst others.

For more information, visit their MySpace page.

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Omen Continues w/ New Lineup, Euro Tour Still On

Contrary to rumors, OMEN will be playing all previously scheduled European dates in April, including the festivals “Keep It True” in Germany and “Up the Hammers” in Greece. In addition to founding guitarist/songwriter, Kenny Powell, the line-up will now also feature original drummer, Steve Wittig, along with new vocalist, Matt Storey, and bassist, Scott Clute. This new line-up will make its debut on the European tour.

The confirmed Omen tour dates are as follows:

April 4 Balingen, Germany @ “Keep it True” Festival
April 7 Aalst, Belgium @ Negasonic
April 10 Como, Italy @ Motorock AS
April 11 Athens, Greece @ “Up the Hammers” Festival

In addition to the European tour, the band is currently working on material for a new album. More details will be announced shortly.

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Omen Singer To Appear On VH1 Reality Show

Singer Kevin Goocher of OMEN and PHANTOM-X has been invited to take part in a reality TV series that will air in March on VH1. The show is called "I Know My Kid's A Star" and is hosted by Danny Bonaduce. Kevin will be there in support of his pop-princess daughter Devon Goocher, who was chosen out of thousands of kids to be in the top 10 on the new series. Devon is aiming to be the next triple-threat child star.

For more information on the show or Devon Goocher, go to this location.

OMEN and PHANTOM-X will perform at Keep It True X (germany) and Up The Hammers (Greece) festivals in April 2008.

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Original Omen Bassist Severely Injured In Fall

Omen founder/guitarist, Kenny Powell, has released the following statement:

"Original Omen bass player Jody Henry was severely injured in a fall last week and is suffering from a fractured skull. While he is doing much better than anyone expected, he still faces a long and costly rehab.Unfortunately, he has no health insurance like the rest of us (MUSICIANS} and a fund has been set up on www.myspace.com/helpjody where interested parties can contribute to helping with his medical and personal bills. Jody and myself had already been discussing doing some future projects at the time of his accident. Hopefully he will have a complete recovery and there will be new music in the near future from the original Omen songwriters. Thanks in advance to everyone that can provide financial or moral support. Kenny Powell"

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Omen Guitarist To Perform with BattleRoar

OMEN guitarist, Kenny Powell, is scheduled to appear at the "Up The Hammers" warm up show/party on Friday, April 20th, at the Underworld in Athens, Greece.

Powell will be appearing with the Epic Greek Metal Masters, BattleRoar, where he is scheduled to perform with them on at least one classic Omen song, as well as the BattleRoar tune, "Megaloman", for which Powell provided the guitar solos.

Work continues on the Omen live CD. Tentatively titled, "Into The Arena", the cd will feature live versions of classic Omen tunes, all of which have never been released. The recordings span over twenty years of live performances including the JD Kimball era through the current Omen line-up. The release will also feature several bonus tracks including instrumental versions of classic songs and unreleased studio cuts. The CD is scheduled to be released in early summer and will be the first on Powell's newly formed label.

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Omen Apologize For Missed Full Metal Festival

Omen founder/guitarist, Kenny Powell, has issued the following statement to Omen fans regarding the Full Metal Festival:

"Omen would like to apologize for any inconvenience that may have been caused to the fans trying to attend the Full Metal Fest in Mexico City, Mexico on Saturday, March 3rd.

We arrived at the airport in Dallas, Friday March 2nd, only to be informed that our tickets were reserved but no yet paid for. We spent the majority of the day waiting at the airport because we were told that our reserved tickets would in fact be paid for and that we would catch a later flight. We made every attempt possible to make the show and by early evening we were told that the entire festival was cancelled.

Omen never wishes to let our fans down and do everything in our power to ensure that every concert is 100% legitimate. We had no reason to believe otherwise, regarding the Full Metal Fest in Mexico. We were sincerely
looking forward to playing Mexico for the first time and we're looking for another promoter in hopes of having a concert there in the near future. Sincerely, Kenny Powell.”

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Omen Begins Work On New Studio Album

Veteran power metallers OMEN are currently working on their newest CD, "Hammer Damage", to be released in 2007. In the meantime, the group is looking to schedule select festival appearances and shows in 2007.

In other news, OMEN will perform at a benefit concert on Saturday, December 16 at O'Rileys in Dallas, Texas. The concert, which will benefit Dawn and Steele Lane, is scheduled to kick off at 2:00 p.m. Other bands slated to appear include HABITUAL, MICHAEL HARRIS, TOOTH & NAIL, JUDAS RISING and JAY SHANNON.

OMEN's current lineup consists of founding member Kenny Powell (guitar) along with PHANTOM-X members Kevin Goocher (vocals), Danny White (drums) and Glenn Malicki (bass). Plans also exist for the group to release a new live CD featuring live recordings from the "Eternal Black Dawn" lineup, as well as bonus live tracks from 1986 featuring the original lineup (with original vocalist, JD Kimball, who passed away in 2003).

OMEN's last studio album, "Eternal Black Dawn", came out in 2003 via Mausoleum Records.

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