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Abysmal Despair

Odyssey Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (June 26, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 101 DISTRIBUTION
  • ASIN: B007W1PZ46
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,206,143 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Highly anticipated 2012 debut album from the Swedish rockers. Heavy and harsh Stoner Rock with a great feeling for riffs, the band hits it hard, and hit it good!

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4.0 out of 5 stars Odyssey: Abysmal Despair (2012) August 12, 2012
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Swedish trio ODYSSEY was formed back in 2010, and have apparently made quite a name for themselves in their local live scene. "Abysmal Despair" is their debut effort, and one that has been described as eagerly anticipated by quite a few people, also outside of the inner circles around band and label respectively. The latter which is Transubstans Records, a label specializing in artists with somewhat of a vintage oriented hard rock or art rock sound.

In the case of Odyssey we're dealing with a slight derivation from the norm for this label however. While it's relatively easy to hear that Odyssey is yet another band that do know their Black Sabbath as well as hard psychedelic rock from the 70's, these traits are not truly dominant aspects of their repertoire even if present in one shape or another throughout.

Instead I'd pull in punk and hardcore as more important aspects of their music, alongside grunge. In the case of the former two I guess post punk should be mentioned too, as the compositions at hand did give me a few associations to a band I guess many hard rock fans and progressive rock fans alike aren't too familiar with, which is New Model Army. Not in sound as such however, but to a certain extent in approach.

The basic element of Odyssey is the bass guitar, providing thundering, energetic and massive textures throughout. In a manner that made me think about good, old Nuclear Assault actually, albeit not quite as frantic as this old hardcore-tinged thrash act was back towards the end of the 1980's. Heavy, energetic drum patterns emphasize the high energy and high impact base sound of the band quite nicely, and does so in a fairly refined manner, at least refined enough to avoid any direct hardcore and punk comparisons.
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