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ocelot omelet / Press

“Recorded under the watchful eye of Seattle institution Jack Endino (Nirvana, Soundgarden, etc.), Ocelot Omelet’s self-titled three-song EP is vintage metal to the core, a release that could have as easily come from 1993 as 2013. If a key element of metal is excess, Ocelot Omelet has that down in spades. ... The first track, “Out of the Frying Pan and Into Another Frying Pan,” opens with a wall of fuzz that could make Mudhoney blush.”

“The EP is entitled Present In the Dark and it consists of three songs, one of which simply has a question mark for its title. I know some people find genre labels useful, but when I try to think of them in this case, a question mark is what comes to mind first, because trying to affix labels to this music isn’t easy. But to make a stab at it, I’d say it’s like a mash-up (and a seamless one) of throwback psychedelia, sludgy stoner doom, and progressive rock, swimming in a dark narcotic haze. ... Present In the Dark may be difficult to capture with well-understood labels, but that’s a big part of why it’s such an interesting EP. It’s heavy as lead, as trippy as mushrooms, both crushing and spacey, and well worth your time.”

“Ocelot Omelet are a Seattle band whose music is difficult to describe. At one point they termed their sound “pseudo-retro tele-gothic psycho-hippie filth-punk”. Based on their first album, 2011′s Elliptical Optusion, that’s really not a bad description, as difficult as it may be to grapple with as an abstract concept. But based on their most recent recording, I think they’ll have to work the word “metal” into it some way...In recent days the band have installed one of the new songs on their Bandcamp page. In keeping with their egg-breaking, brain-scrambling motif, the song’s title is “Out of the Frying Pan and Into Another Frying Pan”. It blends spacey, ethereal, squalling lead guitar workouts with a fuzzed-out, rumbling low end and spine-rattling percussion. Austin LaVere’s excellent wailing, echoing vocals are impassioned and too gritty to be pretty (thankfully). The song is psychedelic, it’s occult, it’s dynamic, it’s heavy, and I like it a lot.”

"Ocelot Omelet performing live at the Highline Seattle at the end of the world as we knew it, at the Highline in Seattle's Broadway district on 12/21/02012 - The Mayan Precession! It wasn't just Ocelot Omelet's thunderous volume, sledgehammer beat, and edge-of-mayhem arrangements that made it the most influential and successful heavy-metal pioneer in Seattle's post-grunge indie/alt scene that night. It was the band's music and finesse. Heavy electronic instruments, layers of distortion, feedback, reverberation, and out-and-out noise that is incorporated is unlike any other guitar-driven blues rock you've heard. Few of many acts that try to imitate the mighty Ocelot Omelet just fall short. This group rox the his-house tremendous!"

"This CD from local metal band Ocelot Omelet combines some very cool rhythms and some interesting sampling to make a totally unique sound. I couldn't categorize it if you held a gun to my head but this band is very cool! Go see one of their shows and pick this sucker up for yourself (They say looks can kill... So get away with murder!) 50 points!

Input Jack - Past Aggressive

“Here in Seattle, if you like metal—especially stoner-y "trans-dimensional" metal—you should go to the Highline for Ocelot Omelet's album release show tonight...”

"Ocelot Omelet was next. That drummer wasn’t in a grandma dress but was freaky nonetheless. Kept it creepy..."

“...OCELOT OMELET cast huge, visible strands of plasma through the air that land in your hair and scramble your eggs.”

"...Seattle's Ocelot Omelet have been grinding through their psychedelic dirges for a number of years, with a heady, steady stream of brain-warping tunes you can toot your horn (and pipe) to."