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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