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I, Omega 'Transients' track by track

8/20/2014 4:29:26 PM

California upstarts I, Omega explain each song on their debut album, Transients.
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Last month Los Angeles area progressive metal quintet I, Omega released their debut album, Transients, through Bullet Tooth. According to the label, "Their sound is heavy and complex, but also leaves room for rhythmic grooves and catchy choruses."

Guitarist Tommy Borboa explains: "We really tried to push the technical side and our abilities as musicians while still focusing on melody and memorable parts. After spending the majority of a year working on this record, I think we've come up with something unique and I'm beyond stoked on what we've created."

If you haven't heard the record yet, not only can you stream every track below, but we've asked singer and lyricist Clay Nevels to provide some insight into each song. Check it out, and when you're done, be sure to pick up Transients via Bullet Tooth, MerchNow, Amazon, Best Buy, FYE, or iTunes.

Track By Track

Clay Nevels: The album Transients was extremely difficult to write. It wasn't a matter of writer's block or a problem coming up with material, but it was stressful trying to decide how far I wanted to push the envelope and expose myself. Typically, I write as cryptically as I can with the intentions of the audience having the freedom of open interpretations and to preserve the wall around my personal life. While I certainly put myself into all of the previous lyrics I've written, I've always had a veiled agenda and relied heavily on metaphor/analogy to convey my points. With this record I made a conscious effort to be more straightforward and set aside my apprehension of alienating the audience and focused on a direct, honest method. The title "Transients" came from Ryan as we were trying to come up with a label that really describes the lifestyle we live to do this band.

Conflict Absolution (Act I)
Clay Nevels: Death is the most prevalent theme on this record. I have a perpetual struggle and obsession with mortality that has resulted in anxiety attacks in recent years. This uneasiness has progressively increased with the repetitive loss of loved ones through various ways of passing. This song acknowledges that I'm going to experience this more and more until it's eventually my time to leave this world.

An Evening With Morning Star (Act. II)
Clay Nevels: One of the people I've recently lost took his life in a frighteningly methodical and rational way. His passing became a subject I felt compelled to approach. This was a problematic topic to discuss because I don't ever want to convey that I'm the in least bit advocating suicide as an adequate solution. I also don't want to imply I'm comparing my suffering to anyone else's. We all have our own personal battles to fight. While there are many details to this story, the main point is he took control in the only way that he felt he could. When I was at my lowest emotional state, I had this morbid respect for his decision. This song is an exploration of that macabre obsession and I feel that I came out a stronger person by really delving into what instigates an injurious state of mind. I was nervous approaching this topic so candidly because I didn't want to glorify self-destructive behavior, nor did I want to give the impression that this song was a cry for help. I tend to tear apart topics to look at them from as many angles as I can and this song was partially a result of my deconstruction of suicide. There are other themes and pieces of my life presented in this song, but suicide was the main subject I wanted to address. The line "I hope you see them picketing my funeral" is a reference (an obvious one, I assume) to the Westboro Baptist church. Seeing how much misguided hate they dispense in the world, I feel like if they were to picket my funeral it would mean I did something right while I was on this earth.

Shuddering at Calm Seas
Clay Nevels: This song uses an analogy of a captain and his unhealthy love of the sea to explore toxic relationships. In pushing away all others outside of the relationship the two parties are left with only each other as they sink into the depths of mutual annihilation. Inevitably, the relationship is built off of pride, stubbornness, and jealousy rather than evolving from love, adoration and respect. Nikki Simmons played the part of "The Sea" in the dialogue between The Captain and The Sea. She did a stellar job contributing to this song and I am really satisfied with how it all came together.

Suffer Now and Live
Clay Nevels: This song tells a story of a boxer who's combating a manifestation of disloyalty. Loyalty is touched on a couple times in this record and it's something that I struggle with when understanding what others perceive is an adequate amount to have towards the individuals who surround them. The song title was taken from a Muhammad Ali quote: ''Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion".

Half Way Home
Clay Nevels: Louisville, KY is my favorite city and where I consider home. I moved out west to join I, Omega and this song is my apology to the city for my recent neglect. Don't get me wrong; I love touring. I love it so much that I spend ridiculous amounts of money and time to ensure I can continue to do it. This song was written in a period of doubt when I questioned whether or not I was really content being this far from my home constantly and if the decisions/sacrifices I made were in the best interest of my mental wellbeing. Just a quick geography tidbit for anyone not familiar with the region; the line "…let them sink in the Ohio" is in reference to the Ohio River, which snakes past Louisville and serves as the border between Indiana and Kentucky. Crossing over the Kennedy Bridge into Louisville is still one of the most cathartic experiences for me as the city is constantly on my mind.

The Rustling
Clay Nevels: This song doesn't have any lyrics. The guitarists, who performed on this song, just slathered it in shred.

Clay Nevels: Sometimes you can put everything you have available into a relationship and it's just not enough. This song was conceived through obsessing over situations that were out of my control. Rather than being enigmatic, I wrote as straightforward as I could to leave no stone unturned and purge it all as efficiently as possible.

Fake Somebodies: Real Nobodies
Clay Nevels: The song title came from a Matt Damon quote, "It's better to be a fake somebody than a real nobody." I see a lot of people with similar attitude when it comes to creating art. This song is venting my frustration with artists, the audience and everyone else associated with the music industry. Some people get it, some people don't. We're a small band that doesn't matter in the music industry and it doesn't bother me. We're here to create what we want to create and say what we want to say. I'd like to think that we get it, but I could be way off.

Shaking Hands With Sinatra
Clay Nevels: I'm not a very confrontational person. I typically keep my feelings to myself unless asked so I wrote a song that's the opposite of my normal modus operandi. This song criticizes others, as well as myself, for lacking action when it comes to following through on their promises. It also circles back to loyalty and how often people stay devoted to others who use them out of convenience.

En Longa Somnum (Act III)
Clay Nevels: "En Longa Somnum" was almost the name of the album as it originally was going to be a concept album about a man who was on his deathbed. The more I wrote with that originally concept in mind, the less I wanted to convey something from a constant fictional narrative. This song is the finale of my dissection of death and mortality. I wasn't able to attend my grandmother's funeral as she died shortly before I left for a tour. She was admitted to the hospital before we left and the original plan was to see her when we passed through her city within the week. Her death is touched on briefly in "An Evening With Morning Star" but this song is focusing on trying to keep someone alive in your heart after they're gone. My grandmother always had a fire in her that was unmatched by anyone I've ever met. This song serves as a reminder that (to our knowledge) you only get one chance on this earth. Make every day count.

anonymous   posted 8/21/2014 8:09:38 AM
Wow, when did Protest The Hero change their name? This doesn't just sound similar, it's sounds EXACTLY like PTH. That's a great thing as the world needs more PTH in my opinion but holy crap even the guest female vocals sound like the guest female vocals PTH used on Kezia! Live this though, wish Vest Buy and FYE stores actually stocked it!
anonymous   posted 8/21/2014 11:12:10 AM
PTH called they want their everything back
anonymous   posted 8/21/2014 5:17:44 PM
protest the hero sounding as soon as i heard song 2 ! Im sure someone else owuld agree and hell ya for these guys' hard work...
anonymous   posted 8/25/2014 2:14:00 AM
it's funny because I'm from the LA area and I've never heard of them/seen them on any sort of show. Lol what a bunch of gayzzz.
anonymous   posted 12/1/2014 1:49:32 PM
Although the majority of these people are all on about them sounding like Protest The Hero, this band is actually pretty good. I heard of them when I heard a demo The Bunny The Bear wrote with Joseph Garcia, who was the vocalist for this band back when it was still The Syncope Threshold. While I prefer The Syncope Threshold, I, Omega is pretty good, too. I can get along with this and Protest The Hero perfectly fine.