Rock It: Give Odium a listen

Posted on November 13, 2013


Rock It: Give Odium a listen

Odium (Photo Provided)

Odium (Photo Provided)

By Rachael Mattice

The Lafayette area is no stranger to heavy music, delivering names such as Axl Rose, Izzy Stradlin, Janis’ reincarnated voice in Amanda Overmyer on “American Idol,” Jon Schaffer from Iced Earth and the Hard n’ Heavy gathering at Jerilee’s Pub.

Rural areas’ common torture of boredom tends to bring musicians together, as time is on sheet music’s side.

Rural life signed another contract in a quintet metal band from Walkerton, Ontario, called Odium. Their path to success promised endless gravel roads, testing the band’s dedication to acquiring a record deal. After four years of slow progression toward fame, Odium released its sophomore album, “Burning the Bridges to Nowhere,” but remained in the shadows – until now.

Idolizing bands such as Five Finger Death Punch, Tool, Lamb of God and Killswitch Engage, Odium is prepped and primed for rock airwaves. They possess the perfect storm of aggression and pacification to have songs featured on rock radio, such as WKHY.

To be radio satisfactory, a melodic catch has to be present to appeal to the half-distracted listener. That is demonstrated in vocalist Tom Emmans’ clean singing during the album’s choruses. His sound is haunting and pure, like Maynard Keenan, but doesn’t whine.

Not every metal vocalist can sing, growl and screech successfully and be aesthetically brutal. This is a key aspect as to why new Odium fans will fawn over them.

As for the soundscape nature of the album, it is a puzzle. Odium doesn’t show a preference for style in “Burn the Bridges to Nowhere,” which can be confusing. Speed riffs, melodic guitars and thick palm muting heard in most death metal all are heard in the album.

“Burn the Bridges to Nowhere” is also focused on “growth and attrition,” the band has said. People get into metal for a reason, often after there has been some kind of damage in their lives. The lyrics on this album dwell and circle around those themes but are truly heartfelt. Liberation is perceived in every syllable and instrumental strike.

Odium "Burning Bridges"

Odium “Burning Bridges”

Songs to notice include “Blue Channel,” “Viral by Nature” and “Insomnia.” “Blue Channel” has an epic guitar solo in the beginning of the song and a steady double bass drum pounding similar to an “In Flames” song. “Viral by Nature” was written with snare, adding a powerful militaristic fear that precedes the cadence to conquering.

Another overture of war is “Insomnia”; symphonic at the start, it leads into a Lamb of God influence.

Odium’s heterogeneous album will connect to people differently based on metal style preference. To see what aspect of Odium you are drawn to, visit OdiumMusic for more of their discography and track samples.

Mattice is a producer and music journalist for the Journal & Courier. She can be reached on Twitter @RachaelM_JC. 

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