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Odium
Burning The Bridges To Nowhere
September 2012
Released: 2012, Year Of The Sun
Rating: 2.5/5
Reviewer: JP

Canadian Metal Spotlight-Part 2



About once a year or so I’ll dig down deep into the frozen permafrost of the Canadian Metal scene and share some worthy releases with a wider audience. Since we don’t get summer up here in the Great White North I’ll bring you a little cold front of Metal albums and a quick review of seven recent albums by newer bands from coast to coast. Being a Canadian writing for a Canadian site it is the least I can do, in a patriotic sense, to help give a little exposure to my fellow Metallions of the north but that doesn’t means they get a free ride, just because they are Canadian! These bands actually deserve your attention;



Auroch (Vancouver, British Columbia)

Begrime Exemious (Edmonton, Alberta)

Black Moor (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia)

Dark Forest (Calgary, Alberta)

Maglor (Calgary, Alberta)

Odium (Walkerton, Ontario)

Ze (Calgary, Alberta)



Please feel free to check out the other reviews in this feature. Last month we featured:



Demona (Quebec)

Haiduk (Calgary, Alberta)

Kemilon (Montreal, Quebec)

Striker (Edmonton, Alberta)

Titan’s Eve (Vancouver, British Columbia)

Valfreya (Montreal, Quebec)

Ye Goat-Herd Gods (Calgary, Alberta)



Enjoy!



Odium stand as my least favourite of the group of seven in this spotlight. That is not to say they are not enjoyable or competent, but for my tastes they play a style of Metal that I don’t enjoy as much. After stating my bias upfront, Odium are very good at what they do, namely melodic Death Metal. This Canadian quintet have a lot going for them but have made some tough choices. BURNING THE BRIDGES TO NOWHERE is their second album and they have been around for a few years. One problem there is another Death Metal band called Odium right down the road in Ontario and if that wasn’t bad enough there are at least 18 bands in the world already called Odium and another dozen with the word Odium in their band name. It’s extremely hard to compete on the global stage (and these guys have the potential to) when it’s hard for fans to identify your band. I’d suggest that the German Thrash band Odium is probably the most well-known, but that’s just my perception.



The band is singed to Year Of The Sun and they have presented a decent package with lyrics, photos and a cool album cover and good graphics. The 10 song album runs for 45 minutes and is a pretty straight-forward representation of melodic Death Metal. The obligatory clean/gruff vocal mix is in place, and some Euro sounding solos are scattered across the record. The band is competent and execute the form very well but to my ears lacks intensity and passionate. There are some nice orchestrated atmospheric moments such as at the beginning of ‘Insomina’ but those give way to a really standard In Flames type guitar riff, some chugging guitars, keyboards swashes and a weaker clean vocal inter-spliced with the gruff shouting vocal. It’s textbook melo-death. Again, not a bad thing, just not my style. BURNING THE BRIDGES TO NOWHERE is a decent record and certainly recommended for fans of the style.
Track Listing

1. Burning the Bridges to Nowhere
2. Within the Distraction
3. Blue Channel
4. Viral by Nature
5. Insomnia
6. The Ghost Upstairs
7. Claw My Eyes Out
8. Identity of the Doomed
9. No Way Out
10. The Descent

Lineup

Tom Emmans Vocals
Bo Louther Guitars
Andrew Fullerton Guitars
Dale Burrows Bass
Joe Mullen Drums

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