Portland, Oregon-based progressive death metal/progressive rock faction THE ODIOUS recently officially announced the upcoming June 21st release of their second full-length album, Vesica Piscis. It is the highly anticipated follow up to their late-December 2012 debut album, Joint Ventures, a release that is revered in progressive metal circles even now. Prior to the release of Joint Ventures, the band captured the attention of the progressive metal world with their 2011 EP, That Night a Forest Grew.
As a band with an unconventional sound and a cutting-edge approach to their craft, it’s not all that unusual that The Odious took a number of years between releases when carefully crafting Vesica Piscis. The results speak for themselves, as few bands contain the rare mix of top-notch talent, wide-ranging musical focus, and advanced songwriting abilities that The Odious has in spades on Vesica Piscis.
This rare gift allows them to create stunning boundaryless progressive minded metal that transports the listener to a world all its own. Visionary eclectic artists such as Devin Townsend, Between The Buried And Me, and Mr. Bungle serve as a loose series of reference points to help cue the listener into the mercurial ever-shifting journey that is Vesica Piscis. Ever a hard to describe act, the band’s new album continues their established approach to boldly blurring the lines between progressive rock, progressive death metal, progressive metal, and more with ease.
Today the band partnered with Heavy Blog Is Heavy to launch the album’s second single, “物の哀れ” (Mono No Aware). One of many songs on the album driven by emotive clean singing and progressive music focused terrain. Shards of death metal and spurts of ungodly heaviness enhance the composition at just the right moments.
Listen to “物の哀れ” (Mono No Aware) at this location.
**You can also listen to Single #1, The Odious – “Repugnant” HERE
Heavy Blog Is Heavy comments on the premiere of “物の哀れ”
“Ah yes, mono no aware! This Japanese literary term has been a subject of fascination in the West for a few decades now and has even seen some attention from metal. This fascination is understandable; the subtle and complex term evokes a wide array of sensations, from existential dread through an aloof, aesthetic detachment. The Odious‘s latest track explores this range of emotions, blending progressive and alternative metal in the way we’ve come to expect from this unexpected band. The end result is a complicated track which sways between more ethereal and emotive hooks, fast drumming, harsh vocals, guitar flairs, and atmosphere. Head on down below to get your own taste!”
**Pre-orders and merch/bundles for The Odious – Vesica Piscis are now live: https://theodious.bandcamp.com/album/vesica-piscis
The Odious – Vesica Piscis Track List
3. Arbiter of Taste
5. Hastor the Shepard Gaunt
6. Vesica Piscis
7. Heavy Rhetoric
8. 物の哀れ (Mono no Aware)
9. Misuse and Malignment