Oddland - The Treachery of Senses
Label: Century Media Records
Reviewer: Azmo Lozmodial - 2012-12-01
Highlights: Every single track is a highlight
It took me more than a whole month to think about the things that I must write about the debut album "The Treachery of Senses" for the Finnish group "Oddland", and I really decided to write all of my mixed up thoughts about the genius structure of this fascinating debut album. The quality of the songwriting in this record made me feel like I am listening to the album number thirteen for a very mature and experienced band, that was one of the things that I expected while listening to the first track, but slowly after I started reading about the band I was really surprised because I just discovered that all of these experienced musical pieces are just the beginning of the journey for this band. If your ears are thirsty for new and talented progressive music, then you have to dig this release immediately.
If you have the ability to collect the sounds of Devin Townsend and Katatonia inside your head and mix them down with the progressive color of the bands Opeth and Pain Of Salvation, the resultant sound will be some tracks of this amazing record. The warmth of the vocals and the energy of the guitars are the two main elements that make the sound of these tracks bright and memorable, and the insane work of the drumming and the numb sound of the bass have helped to make the total sound of the tracks more stable and firm. Its really hard for me to describe every single thing I loved about this record because every tune and every touch has been made by the members has fitted the tracks perfectly. The ten tracks of this record are musically varietal for the fans of rock and metal music in general, some death metal materials existed within the riffs and the vocals and some rock materials also existed, so prepare your ears for some blowing melodies.
Some of the tracks that really caught my attention are "Sewers" and "In Endless Endeavour", maybe the secret behind loving these tracks is that they have a lot of Opeth feelings through the melodies and the performance, the old school progressive rock drumming and the calm middle ranges of the vocals reminded me a lot of the newest releases of Opeth. The complex progressive riffs in the tracks "Flooding Light" and "Aisle Of Array" give a real feeling that you are flying through a very windy atmosphere, the alternative performance between the clean guitar sections and the heavy distorted guitars have really effected my mind for weeks, creating very memorable moments of progressive music. The sick feelings that have been put in the music video of the track "In The Eyes Of The Mourning" have really fitted the total atmosphere of the track and they give a very great impression for me when I discover the talented music of this group, the warmth of the vocals and the complexity of the guitars have been mixed well to capture your attention from the first listen.
Century Media Records had a lot of winning cards to play this year, and I guess Oddland is one of the most winning cards that have been ever played in the field of progressive metal, especially when the veteran producer Dan Swanö describe this record “one of the best album I have mixed, ever!”. If you are ready to discover one of the best metal album of this year then you have to get your copy of this record immediately, and start discovering the twisted influences of Opeth and King Crimson and Pain of Salvation. I know the band hates the idea of adding some growling into these tracks (though they added some growling in the track Sewers), but I really wish to hear many styles of vocals in the next albums.