Omen was formed in Los Angeles by Kenny Powell in 1983, among the forefathers of power metal Omen is well known for their classic metal sound that paved the way for many bands to follow. Classic, galloping heavy metal. If ever there was an album the epitomized 1980's traditional American heavy metal, "Battle Cry" would be it. "The Axeman" will forever remain one of the staples of American heavy metal. Early Omen was often compared with Iron Maiden, and indeed the two bands do share some similarities in style.Where Omen seems to differ from the run of the mill metal band is the well developed guitar riffs. At some points the guitar playing could almost be considered early thrash metal. Omen are just good, quality, heavy metal.