The New Omar Doom / STRAIGHT RAZOR Single+Video ‘Iblis’ is as Creepy as You Would Expect
Image by Geoff Moore
Omar Doom might very well have the oddest acting career ever, with just six roles in a dozen years, four of them in Quentin Tarantino films. Most recently he was Donnie in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood; but he’s surely most beloved for his turn as PFC Omar Ulmer in 2009’s Inglorious Basterds. (He also memorably played Stanley Kubrick in The Maestro.)
But his raison d’être would seem to be music, having been one half – along with Stretch Armstrong – of the electronic duo Doomington…and more recently recording and DJing under the nom de guerre STRAIGHT RAZOR. And as the latter, he’s just released a chunky-synth’d new instrumental single “Iblis” – which is an old Arabic word for wicked spirit or devil.
The thundering groove and eerie atmospherics are pure Nitzer Ebb, yet with just the right amount of Depeche Mode suavity. But it’s the unremittingly eerie accompanying video that has us riveted (in a car crash sort of way). It shows Omar standing near a rather menacing looking shoreline, as an ostensible battle for his soul ensues between the Grim Reaper and a blissfully angelic looking creature standing athwart.
It’s really not hard to guess who wins.