Next up this weekend is OMEGA X, which is a fairly recent debut (two weeks ago, actually). OMEGA X launches their career with the single VAMOS and mini-album which shares the same name. What makes OMEGA X’s debut interesting is that the members of the group are all former members of groups that unfortunately never took off. It is quite disappointing to hear that some of these groups are now defunct or disbanded, as they released catchy and great tracks back when they were active. OMEGA X’s lineup include Hangyeom (former member of Seven O’Clock), Jaehan (former member of Spectrum), Hwichan (former member of LIMITLESS), Sebin (former member of SNUPER), Taedong (former member of pre-debut group GIDONGDAE), Xen and Jehyun (both of which former members of 1TEAM), Kevin, Junghoon and Hyuk (all former members of ENOi) and Yechan (former member of 1THE9). Let’s see if VAMOS has what it takes to relaunch their careers once again.
VAMOS (which is ‘go’ in Spanish) is a pretty plain song. And this would be troublesome for a debut song (let alone a redebut for the case of OMEGA X). It features an repetitive instrumentation and lacks a lot of elements to make VAMOS memorable. The main star of the song isn’t the members. They were unfortunately very forgettable and didn’t stand out. I did like how the rest of the members echoed the lyrics by shouting them out. But that was an echo, and intended to be in the background, not the foreground where the vocals/raps should have really been prominent. Rather, the ‘main character’ of VAMOS are the heavy brass synths that dominates the instrumental. They were off-putting when I first heard the song. But because the song doesn’t really have much to work with, the synths interestingly emerges as the song’s memorable aspect. Not only do the synths start the song, they actually feature in the chorus, as well. This pretty much dulls whatever intended effect it was supposed to deliver. The chorus also lacks a strong hook, making those synths do the talking, rather than the members. The second chorus attempts to change the song up by incorporating pan-flutes, but they replicate the same sounds of the primary brassy synths, and hence delivers no further impact. The bridge of the song is where things get a bit more interesting. The use of the whiny electric guitars is a bit different from any release in general, and gave me something to ponder about briefly. The chorus returns, once again. But rather than leaving it there, VAMOS ends with an ending sequence that reminds me of how iKON ends their songs. It gave the song that breath of life that it needed. But sadly, it was too late to really leave any lasting impression on the song. Overall, OMEGA X’s redebut doesn’t really live up to my standards. I do hope that the group are given another chance to release something else. And hopefully that something else is more dynamic and memorable.
What a great music video! While I didn’t have high expectations given that they were from a much smaller company (SPIRE Entertainment), I was pleasantly surprised at how good the video watch. Even their use of green screen puts a much larger company to shame! I really liked all their choreography scenes. Some of them were set up to mimic the outdoors, and these actually looked good. The best was the circular set, with the gold detailing, black and white visuals on the screens and the red lighting used in the background. It all gave off the impression of depth and that there was more to the set than just the circular stage. I also thought the members looked great, especially in their red and black outfits.
The routine was good and energetic. But it was riddle with the same issues experienced by the song itself. It was plain and didn’t have anything memorable within it. If I did have to point out which section I did like best, it would be the bridge. I think it was the most appealing part of the choreography.
Song – 5/10
Music Video – 9/10
Performance – 6.5/10
Overall Rating – 6.5/10