ODYSSEA - TEARS IN FLOODS - SCARLET
What does this reviewer know about Odyssea? Not much. The band is a young one from Italy (I think) with a cover art depicting an ancient Greek myth (I think) with music that could have been marvelous (I am sure). Odyssea, you see, has quite a superb guitarist who comes across as a metallic Yngwie Malmsteen. The man shreds on the guitar and knows his way around a fret board like the American military knows its way around a defenseless enemy. The singer too has a high pitch that is quite suitable and in key. There are no complaints there. The drumming is fast and monotonous most of the time and actually sounds like Eidolon here and there. Overall, this could have been a great speed/power metal band - a ballad like Try Again notwithstanding - had they not adopted the cursed electronica. That is right. The metal is insulted, watered down, diluted and defiled by keyboards, synthesizers and a rising tide of techno beats that would make any metal fan laugh all the way back to the 'returns' counter. Isn't that sad? - Ali "The Metallian"