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THE LAST EMBRACE TO HUMANITY

Odd Dimension

 

Progressive Metal

3.56 | 5 ratings

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Second Life Syndrome
3 stars If I were into labeling bands according to their influences, Odd Dimension would certainly fall into the Dream Theater-clone realm. They really do sound quite a bit like them in some respects, but I find myself enjoying them all the same. I'm not sure what it is, but I'll try to explain.

First of all, Odd Dimension does tend to lean to the power metal side of things. This is nothing new, but I'm known to like a good power prog metal album here and there, of which a good example is the new album from Illusion Suite. "The Last Embrace to Humanity" has nothing on that album, but it is certainly enjoyable all the same. The band pulls off some stunning technical jams, but they do tend to keep a fair amount of melody present. The piano that is sometimes used is particularly pleasant. The crunching guitars have a healthy power to them that tends to create a harsh environment up against which the piano sounds even more delicate and sweeping. So, as far as instrumentation goes, this album has chops.

My main issue with this album is the vocals. If you know my preferences, you'll note that I really don't like the crooning style of James Labrie. In fact, I hate it. Odd Dimension doesn't have the high-pitch factor, but there is some awful crooning at times all the same. On top of that, the vocals melodies are just not there. This is the weakest part of the album, as some stunning vocal melodies would have really elevated the album overall.

Anyways, prog metal fans will love this album for its great metal characteristics, but I can't overtly recommend it to all prog fans mainly because of the vox issues. Other than that, this is a good album that could signal good things to come.

Second Life Syndrome | 3/5 |

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