Saturday, April 21, 2018

Odyssian played in Everett on April 20th

We had the opportunity to catch Odyssian live for the first time when they played at Obscurus in Everett. They had a crowd banging their heads, nodding along, raising their fists, clapping and raising the horns in approval of the band's delivery of their intense and somewhat left-field extreme metal. Obscurus is such a great venue to watch heavy metal music very up close and with the volume right at your ears. In this case Odyssian put in a serious effort and people appreciated it, and the growler went as far as jumping into the crowd and pushed, shoved and slammed people in the front and still managed to jump back on stage in time for the continuation of the growling. It was cool to hear the band live for the first time. Their extreme metal takes a lot from death metal, including technical, melodic and progressive strands, and results in a good-for-headbanging, loud live experience. Here and there, they spice up the music and you might hear just a bit slap bass or a bit of the technicality stands out within the general loudness of it all. Here are some pictures taken with a potato for a camera.
Odyssian’s name has been showing up in this publication’s concert calendar for some time now. It looks like they are not yet on Metal Archives, but they already have a history on Bandcamp. They did two demos in 2015, but their best work so far is called Olde and it is their full-length debut album from 2017. The music is melodic extreme metal with progressive and melodic death metal functioning as a general framework for the sound. They have the blasting and intense moments, and they also make sure to keep the melodic guitar components present throughout. One thing to note, though, is that they do like to have variety in their sound. The songs, while sharing some general stylistic underpinnings, carry forth different moods that you sense while listening to the eight songs of the album. Of course, this variety is no accident, given that the band prides itself in changing things up with the music that they write.

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