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Oddland: Away From The Watching Eye

Oddland are a Finnish band that have been together since 2003. Their new release Away From The Watching Eye is a three song EP of metal with a technical edge. In the band are Sakari Ojanen (guitars, vocals), Ville Viitanen (drums) and Joni Palmroth (bass). The band labels their music "alternative metal" which seems like an apt description. The three tunes on offer are loaded with heavy riffs and intricate rhythms with some nifty time signatures. Ojanen has a powerful voice, able to sound aggressive as well as being quite melodic.

The EP begins with "Above And Beyond" featuring crunchy metallic riffs over a drone of guitar noise with intense vocals. The metal continues with "Still The Spirit Stays", more melodic than the first with nice clean vocals and excellent drum work. "In Endless Endeavour" ends the EP on a high note with tricky time signatures and intense rhythm guitar. Melodic lead vocals and fuzzy lead guitar complete the package.

Oddland has a great deal of potential in the metal world, and while there is a lot of competition, this band has the chops to succeed. Away From The Watching Eye is a nice teaser to what will hopefully be a full length release in the near future.

Track Listing:
1. Above And Beyond
2. Still The Spirit Stays
3. In Endless Endeavour

Added: March 7th 2010
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Related Link: Band's MySpace Page
Hits: 1814
Language: english

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