Band Info
OriginLos Angeles, California, USA
Years-Active1983–1988, 1996–present
Genre(s)Heavy metal
Speed metal
Power metal (later)
Label(s)KRP, Metal Blade Records, DSN Music
Associated ActsSavage Grace, Annihiliator{{{9}}}

Omen is an American heavy metal band. The band was formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1983, by lead guitarist Kenny Powell, previously with the band Savage Grace and signed on with Metal Blade in 1984, with whom they released their debut Battle Cry (which contained "The Axeman", which appeared on the soundtrack for the Heavy Metal themed 2009 video game Brütal Legend).

In 1985 the second album Warning Of Danger followed, which could easily compare with their debut, and built up Omen's reputation as one of the forefathers of power metal acts, launched with groups such as Metallica, Anthrax, Megadeth, and Slayer.

In 1986 they released The Curse, their first release with major label distribution by Capital Records in the US. In Japan the band climbed to Number 14 in the Burrn! Charts.

With new singer Coburn Pharr (who would later leave to join Annihilator the band released Escape To Nowhere in 1988; although considered a departure from the classic Omen sound, "Thorn in Your Flesh" was their first hit single in the US.

In 1996, they signed with new label Massacre Records, and toured Europe with Fates Warning for the first time. In October 2003, their former singer, J.D. Kimball, died having succumbed to cancer after three years of treatment.

Currently, Omen has released ten albums worldwide, including a 20th anniversary box set and plans a new release Hammer Damage scheduled for summer 2011 via DSN Music.


Current line upEdit

Previous membersEdit

  • J.D Kimball (deceased) – vocals
  • Coburn Pharr – vocals
  • Jody Henry – bass
  • Gregg Powell – vocals
  • Kevin Goocher – vocals
  • Cam Daigneault – drums
  • Chris Holly - Guitar ("Escape to Nowhere" Tour)
  • Rick Murray – drums
  • Scott Clute - bass
  • George Call - vocals
  • Danny White - drums
  • Wampa - drums

Prior contributorsEdit

  • Glen Milicky - bass


Studio albums
Live albums
  • Into The Arena: 20 Years Live (2008)
Compilation albums
  • Teeth of the Hydra (1989)
  • Battle Anthems (1998)
  • Blood - Steel - Vengeance (2010)
Box Sets
  • 20th Anniversary Box Set (2003)
Video albums
  • Live At The Country Club, Los Angeles, September 1984 (2003)

External linksEdit

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