Bad Omens is an American metalcore band from Richmond, Virginia formed in 2015 by frontman Noah Sebastian, guitarist Nicholas Ruffilo, and bassist Vincent Riquier. The band later added guitarist Joakim “Jolly” Karlsson and drummer Nick Folio, releasing its critically acclaimed debut self-titled album in 2016 off Sumerian Records. A second album, Finding God Before God Finds Me was released in 2019. Two singles from the album, “Limits” and “Never Know”, charted on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart.
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The lyrical content of the band’s debut revolves mostly around despair, mental health struggles, and addiction. Noah Sebastian had this to say in an interview with Sumerian about “The Worst in Me”, in particular: It’s about a very intense and unhealthy relationship I was in, but we wrote it in a format that’s universal to all bad habits. More specifically, it’s something you can’t let go of even though it’s not good for you—whether it’s a relationship, a drug problem, or terrible situation. You’re addicted. The band have stated numerous times that they have been compared to the early 2010s metalcore style of Bring Me the Horizon. This is due to Noah Sebastian’s scratchy, mid-to-high pitch screaming style which bear resemblance to Bring Me the Horizon frontman Oliver Sykes’ voice on their 2013 Sempiternal release. The band have addressed these comments as “flattering, yet frustrating”. Sebastian also explained that while he may have been influenced by the band, the intent was to sound unique.
Noah Sebastian – lead vocals (2015–present)
Joakim Karlsson – vocals, guitar, programming (2015–present)
Nicholas Ruffilo – bass, guitar, programming (2015–present)
Nick Folio – drums (2015–present)
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