Wednesday, October 17, 2012

ODIUM: "Burning The Bridges To Nowhere"

Rating: RRR
Label: YearOfTheSun 2012
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom

"Heavy harmonies. Melodic and brutal. Growls vs. clean vocals". Let's face it, it's the standard metal concept as of lately and this band will hardly surprise anyone with their sophomore release. 'Burning The Bridges To Nowhere' almost sounds like if they're trying to hard to please both camps? they're literally standing with one leg on each side of the fence. Old school death or contemporary metal? let's do both and end up with ten tracks of schizo metal?

Odium play a rather powerful set of standard numbers though, the title track is a sprawling epic full of chaos, disorder, saw-edged guitars, and the memorable power-pop metal hook. With its groovy guitar riff and upbeat tempo, it steamrollers its way through your loudspeakers. Indeed, they get off to a storming start and it's perhaps not all wrong to mix growls with teenage-like clean vocals? It's just very confusing and it may not be to everybodys liking. Nicely produced by Greg Dawson (The End, Choke, Moneen) and the Canadian musicians are all very professional.

Odium are not going to disappoint anyone for that matter, however, "Burning The Bridges To Nowhere" is a very safe record and we've heard it all before. Very uncool, commercial, contemporary metal? Similar acts are setting the new standard of the Swedish Eurovision Contest for christ's sake (Dead By April). Final verdict: Try this if you can't get enough of acts such as As I Lay Dying, Bullet For My Valentine, Dead By April.

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