Spotlight on Pagan Music

A weekly feature highlighting the best music from Pagan, Pagan – influenced, and occult artists. You can hear many of these artists on my weekly radio show and podcast, or you can check out the annual “Darker Shade of Pagan” music special available for download online.

OMNIA


Omnia

Band Bio:
Our music describes the world that lives inside our hearts. A sort of crossover between the ancient Celtic world with all its beliefs and values of Iron-age Europe, mixed with who and what we are today, a long lost remnant of the last Celtic tribes who still dare to be free.

Omnia web site.

Song download:
Song clips from their CD “Crone of War”
Song clips from their CD “Live Religion”

Their song “Morrigan” appears on the 5th annual “Darker Shade of Pagan” special availible for download, here.

Reviews:
“Omnia transcend the trappings of new age Celtic music by approaching the music from a personal and quite original approach. The album is graced with intertwining songs that highlight fiery percussive songs filled with chanting and invocations and softer more insightful songs that highlight Celtic Harp. I do have to admit a partialness towards the bands more tribal and rhythmic driven side.”Heathen Harvest

“Omnia themselves describe their music as Neo-Celtic Pagan folk. The music they play is mostly written to honour the pagan Gods and has clear Celtic undertones, so the description fits the music pretty well. Their music cannot be really called traditional as most material written by the band members themselves.”Funprox

“As I already said the album is acoustic, so just the true sound of harp, mandolin and ancient flutes. With the mystic sound of the harp upfront some songs sound so pure, but then all of a sudden all hell breaks loose: hard drumming and screaming. This is how we know Omnia: they create such an incredible sound. Even acoustic Omnia succeed to sound powerful. Still there’s more atmosphere when you see them play live, than you get with listening to this album.”Gothtronic

My Two Cents:
A proud Pagan band who have garnered a huge reputation in Europe for their amazing live performances, Omnia is a band I truly regret not being able to see live. Their “neo-Celt” sound mixes soft harp and flute music with pounding tribal drums and manic chanting, all to excellent effect. How can you not enjoy any band that warns those who book them that they are always their “Pagan selves” and that it may shock the more “conservative” in the audience. Their recent live CD was recorded in a church, a church they are now banned from ever entering again once the owners found out they were a bunch of “weird looking neo-Celtic Pagans”.

Further Reading:
Interview with Omnia.

Jason Pitzl-Waters

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