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A Ruined Oak is the mammoth new album from Houston, TX-based Omotai, a mega-assault of relentless riff dynamics, pummeling low-end thunder, and infectious hooks. A meditation on the lost colony at Roanoke, A Ruined Oak is centered on abandonment and responsibility, the lyrics haunted by loss and violence. This sprawling, diverse work shows a greater range than anything Omotai has done before, with songs drawing from thrash, doom, sludge, extreme metal, hardcore punk, and post-rock. The album was recorded by Chris Ryan at Dead City Sound and mastered by James Plotkin. Decibel writes, "While they most easily fit under the banner of sludge metal, Omotai have reached all over the spectrum of heavy music to arrive at A Ruined Oak. Everything from doom and thrash to hardcore punk and post-rock can be heard on the album and a good introduction is with album opener ‘Welcome to the Adders' Land.'"