Kostas - Vocals
Petros - Drums
Nicolas - Guitars
Marios - Bass
"Ritual of Odds is a metal band from Patras, Greece formed back in 2006. On 3rd February our latest album was released from Swimming with Sharks Records from California, USA. Just to get an idea of what Ritual of Odds and the album is all about start thinking in terms of vibration and energy.. It's the only way this works. Fear is low and keeps you separated, yet 9 is high and illuminating. The wake up call is inevitable as you distinguish yourself from this duality.. And once awakened you can never fall back to sleep.."
I can safely say Ritual of Odds has managed to blow me away. Listening to their music is like being captured in a beautiful musical storm shrouded in darkness and light. The opening song on the album, Ritual of Nine, hooks you immediately with the opening rhythm of drums and guitar. Setting the pace for the album in a phenomenal way. The guitars continue throughout the song with a cadence that keeps the spotlight on the vocalist, who has a deep growl but enunciates so you understand the lyrics with clarity. Now that might sound like an obscure observation, but I can't tell you how many times I have loved a song, and I take the time to "listen" to the music so I understand the lyrics, but someone else doesn't "get it" because they cannot get over the growl. Which is probably how they got the title Masters of Melodic Death Metal, they certainly earned that title. But no fear, the song has a break with a dialogue portion with guitars in the background. Once again, showing that they take the time to ensure the listener is paying attention to their message. It's not just musical confusion, there is a method to their madness, which is what rendered me speechless. I couldn't help but pay attention and linger on every word.
Ritual of 9 - Ritual of Odds
The sheer stamina of this band is something that helps them stand alone. Not just in the speed of the music, which they do very well, but in the overall energy of the album. They have such a unique perspective on a variety of current events as well as timeless topics, such as love. Their song What I've Become, can only be described as obsessive love. It is not a song for the faint of heart, or a conservative thinker, they really push the envelope in how someone might obsess over a person so much, they just want to consume their essence, all the good and bad. Where they do not care about superficial things, it is only the soul that matters to them.
Listening to their music is an organic experience, no two people will take away the same energy. You will both hear the same lyrics, but the meaning is yours to create. It gives you a healthy release for what society deems as the "darker" aspects of life, it touches on taboo topics and brings a light to them. I certainly agree that they take the fear out of those topics, you might not necessarily agree with what they have to say, but you leave with a wisdom, a different perspective on how someone else might see something. And it is through knowledge we destroy fear. Through enlightenment we destroy judgement. We don't have to believe the same things, we don't have to agree on everything, but at the end of the day it is important to respect each other, because regardless of our beliefs, we are all living, breathing, human beings with a heart capable of love and hate. So if you are wanting to seek knowledge from the masters of Melodic Death Metal, then this album will certainly give you the knowledge you seek, with the musical fix you desire.
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Eric Abyss - Vocals
Iron Mike White - Guitar
Seth Cardona - Guitar
Mike Bnoc Bieniecki - Bass / Backing Vocals
Nelson Negron - Drums
"Traverse the Abyss is a metal band from Scranton, Pennsylvania. Members include Eric Abyss (Vocals), Iron Mike White (Guitar), Nelson Negron (Drums), Mike Bnoc Bieniecki (Bass/Backing Vocals) and Seth Cardona (Guitar). Traverse the Abyss draws influence from all over the metal spectrum to create a unique, powerful, diverse sound with driving drums, ripping guitars and catchy vocals, Traverse the Abyss just may be your new favorite band."
If you are in need of purely intense music, then look no further with Traverse the Abyss. The music is packed with adrenaline, intensity, and brutality. But they do not rely on just dazzling you with machine gun speed double bass beats for the drums, corruptive guitar rhythms that almost mirror the cadence of a rapid heartbeat, and a growl that would bring evil to its knees. Their lyrics are very empathetic and something everyone can relate to. Making them very approachable musically speaking, which is great in my opinion, because they are the kind of band that could potentially change the mind of the masses towards the Metal genre. The song that displays this perfectly is One Of A Kind which is shared at the bottom of this review. If you are having a bad day or just frustrated with those that try to bring you down, play that song, and just sing along with it. Scream out all the anger and frustration, let the world hear you cannot be broken.
Snake Eyes - Traverse The Abyss
I really enjoyed the opening cadence of Snake Eyes, because it leads you into a false sense of security, like you are expecting the song to be mellow, but that is where it ends. It goes right into catchy riffs and a deep growl, mixed with moments of what I can only describe as, singing dialogue. And the way it is done almost leaves you hypnotized, it is a surreal experience. Snake Eyes has almost a bit of a Decapitated vibe to it, in regards to vocal and style. But they make emotions tangible by comparing it to something that is universally known, casino games. Much like the games, music and life in general are a gamble, but they certainly beat the house with this album.
Diamonds is what I like to call a musical palette cleanser. It is something that all of the heavier genres need, in my opinion, to give the listeners a break from the heaviness that comes with Metal music and the growling style of vocals. It still has that intensity that you need to keep the passion burning hot in your soul but incorporates more clean vocals which showcases the artists' abilities in a much more honest light. You are given the chance to breathe, if you will, before diving right back into the pits and succumbing to the rhythm of double bass drums and edgy guitar riffs. I do hear influences of Suicide Silence and Godsmack in some of their songs, the thing that really sets them apart from those artists, is they incorporate other musical genres into their style, which shows the caliber of this band. I have no doubt that this band will truly take off and show the industry what they are made of. Currently they are working on their 2nd full length album and planning on playing plenty of live shows coming up this summer, so if you see these guys in your neighborhood, then get to one of their shows! I can't wait to see what they have in store for the upcoming album and many more.
Below are the places you can find Traverse The Abyss:
Andrea "Andy" Marchisio - Vocals
Marco Malacarne - Guitars
Massimiliano Flak - Bass & Acoustic Guitar
Davide Cristofoli - Keyboards
Luca "T-1000" Pellegrino - Drums & Growl
"Highlord is one of the most representative power metal bands from Italy! 8 albums released till now worldwide and tons of catchy tunes!!! Hic Sunt Leones, the new chapter released by Massacre Records in June 2016. Highlord toured the UK in May 2017."
Have you ever wondered what Manowar, Iron Maiden, and Dio would sound like together with some Death Metal elements added in? Well, Highlord gives a pretty savage representation of what that would sound like. Their music has a very strong cinematic element with high energy. While you listen to the music you can picture battles, epic duels, and it transports you into that world with them. It is as if you are becoming a warrior with each song and they are the leaders of the Metal Army. It is a classic Metal sound which can be appreciated by all metalheads but brings in newer elements which appeals to the younger metalheads. Which explains their staying power within such a fickle industry.
Their artistic caliber is displayed perfectly in One World At A Time. The commanding vocals of Andrea Marchisio where he encompasses operatic styling in his powerful vocal range, which is complimented perfectly with the edgy angelic vocal style of Linnea Vikström. But they don't stop there, they bring in the death metal growl that I crave with Luca Pellegrino. Add on the epic guitar solo of Marco Malacarne, and you have music euphoria. Of course, each member of the band adds its own magic to this musical kingdom, Massimiliano Flak keeps the intensity with the cadence of the bass and Davide Cristofoli finishes the music just perfectly with keyboards. This is something I respect a great deal about Highlord, they do not lean on any one member nor style. They come together with such a fluid style, you can't help but put the ear buds in and just go out to conquer the world. Their music actually creates energy, which is a talent not many bands possess.
As I listen to their music throughout the years, you can tell they are masters of their craft. Even with the inevitable band member changes, they somehow manage to keep that passion and charisma in their music. They don't miss a beat and only get stronger, and dare I say, better, with time. And their artistry is something I can hear becoming timeless, with their lyrics and themes, it is something that appeals to all generations, and the rhythm is something that every soul can move to. If you are a die hard metalhead or a eternal rocker, they certainly have earned my respect. Below you can listen to the entire Hic Sunt Leones album which was released in June 2016, my personal favorite off the album is Wrong Side of Sanity. It has the perfect energy, the guitar riffs and drum fills are executed flawlessly, while still enchanting with the vocals. But it is really hard to lock in on one particular song that stands out above the others, because it really depends on your mood, which song will impact you the most. That is the beauty of music after all, each time you hear it, it is a new experience. They really show they understand what true artistry is all about, and how to speak to each person's heart. It's not just all intensity, they have a tender side, which speaks to a hopeless romantics heart with Feathers To A Bird, which in a way is a wink and a nod to Nightwish and Scorpions, but certainly done in Highlord style. I hope they continue to make music, because I am certainly enamored by their musical story.
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All reviews are written by Italian Metal Queen aka @NightlandGirl