Omen was one of the more successful Metal Blade artists of the
eighties, employing a classic 80's metal sound vaguely along the
lines of Priest/Maiden.
Frankly I remember little about them, though I thought they were
decent (if not outstanding) at the time.
The Escape To Nowhere album marked a slight departure from their
early style, and shortly after its release, the band broke up.
It wasn't until 1997 that founder Kenny Powell resurrected the Omen
name with a new lineup, and his own son Greg taking over on vocals.
The resulting album, Reopening The Gates, reportedly had more in
common with 90's metal than with their earlier albums, which left
many core fans longing for the classic Omen style.
The band took a break, then came back together with a new vocalist
(son Greg having moved on to his own band, Stomping Ground).
A new album, Eternal Black Dawn, said to be in the vein of the
classic older Omen material, has now been released.