Oddland | ‘The Treachery Of Senses’
There was a time when a Norwegian band called Green Carnation threatened to do something truly brilliant – then did.
It was an album called ‘The Quiet Offspring’.
A distillation of underground metal values into a catchy album of mature metal songs, full of depth and emotive power. Not very many bands have come close to it since it came out.
I reckon Oddland, from the odd land of Finland, have just about done it with this release, though. That means it’s an album you’ve got to hear.
Yes, it’s vaguely proggy, modernist and I know we’ve had a lot of that lately, not least with the superb Klone album last month – we’ll be back to spuds and porridge before long. Just give this a chance.
This album’s a bit like rolling Green Carnation, Winds, Devin Townsend, Novembers Doom and, um, Novembre into one pretty awesome package. It’s like what In The Woods… might still – we can dream – be doing, were they on the go.
The vocals hark eerily to both GC and ITW. A powerful, full bodied sung voice, totally in control of the notes, harmonised brilliantly and with a real ear for melody. They’re fantastic.
Then there’s the guitar. This is perhaps where the Novembre comparison comes in. Take a track like ‘In The Eyes Of The Mourning’. It’s got superb, melancholy licks that recall both ‘Classica’ and ‘Novembrine Waltz’. They’re sore, ruminative and fantastically well placed.
The band are pretty chuffing heavy when they want to be as well.
‘Aisle Of Array’ has that Devin Townsend chunk, and an absolutely monumental chorus. When those vocals soar ‘with one push, you are over’, the music actually makes you feel it.
What more can you ask?
You may find this one a bit of a punt. They’re not going to be on any mag covers any time soon, and they might well disappear into obscurity like fellow progressors Memfis and Frantic Bleep.
This album though is for fans of music, pure and simple. Repeat listens will not only be rewarded, you’ll pat yourself for picking it up with every single spin. Like all the best albums, you’ll always hear something new.
You know how it is with metal at the minute – instant download, instant judgement. Pause that one and buy this, spend time with it, and remember that some bands are still all about craft and creaivity.
They’re the ones making the dip for, and this is without question one such album.
4.3 / 5 – Earl Grey ::: 16/08/12