Oddland - The Treachery Of Senses review
|Album:||The Treachery Of Senses|
|Release date:||April 2012|
01. Above And Beyond
02. Flooding Light
03. In The Eyes Of The Mourning
04. Aisle Of Array
05. Past The Gates
06. Still The Spirit Stays
07. In Endless Endeavour
09. Lines Of Silver Blood
I was a bit surprised when I learned the Suomi Metal Star contest winners Oddland are a progressive band. Even though the contest organisers, Century Media, have a few notable prog metal bands in their roster, I imagined they would go for something more straightforward. However, as soon as I heard what Oddland have to offer I must say that Century Media have shown some great taste; The Treachery Of Senses is an outstanding debut album and seems to be exactly what they were after.
The palette of soundscapes on this album is something fresh and captivating during its 51 minutes. Vocalist Sakari Ojanen has similar vibes to those of Daniel Gildenlöw (Pain Of Salvation) and he also reminds me of Tomi Joutsen (Amorphis). Although his technical performance is sometimes slightly inconsistent he has a great ability to interpret different moods in their songs. The soaring power is well in place in the big refrains throughout the album, and on the other hand his calmer tones can carry songs all the way like "In Endless Endeavour" shows.
The band's various influences are sometimes quite noticeable but they have managed to craft a sound that's completely their own already on their first full-length. The instruments have an emphasis on rhythm with grooving heavy rock effortlessly meeting the occasional djent reminiscent riff, creating a natural sounding dramatic range such as in "Above And Beyond". Calmer jazz-like sections give ground to playful and intricate melodies where all string instruments contribute. "Past The Gates" is a highlight giving new life to what Faith No More once created while there are more traditional and adventurous progressive pieces towards the end, such as the powerful "Ire". The entity is topped off by a fantastic production with the best Dan Swanö mix I've heard so far.
Even though the progressive nature is always present there's a touch of accessibility in Oddland's music, which might make this one a gateway album for those who are not familiar with the genre. The Treachery Of Senses is tastefully written songs without extensive improvisation in order to make a point. Finnish prog metal has hardly ever sounded this good.
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