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ODIN'S COURT

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ODIN'S COURT is a progressive-metal band born in Maryland, in the United States, in 2002.

In 2003 they released their self-titled first EP, followed by their first full-length soon thereafter, "Driven by Fate".

In 2006, the band performed in the Jaxx Nightclub in Springfield, VA. they filmed a DVD of the event. The success of the performance (and the attendance numbers) were so great that the band was urged to release a copy of their self-produced DVD later in the same year.

Later in 2006, ODIN'S COURT released their second full-legth, titled "Redriven by Fate". The album was greatly praised by the metal/prog community.

The band has shared the stage with such big names as HELLOWEEN, SPOCK'S BEARD, SONATA ARCTICA, SYMPHONY X, KAMELOT, and DEVIN TOWNSEND. They also toured with Prog Metal greats ZERO HOUR, and were invited to the firstCalifornia festival BARFest with artists like ENCHANT, CRIMSON GLORY, among others.

They're set to release their third full-length in 2008. The band has announced that it will be a concept album.



Why this artist must be listed in www.progarchives.com :
A clearly progressive sound, a unique brand of progressive-metal that blends elements of the traditional masters of the genre but also adds sonic elements of newer bands like POVERTY's NO CRIME. Their music, filled with dynamics, energy, ambience, groove and imaginations, is a no-brainer addition approved by the prog-metal team of collaborators.



Discography:
Odin's Court, EP (2003)
Driven By Fate, studio album (2003)
Redriven By Fate, studio album (2006)

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Driven by Fate
2003
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Redriven by Fate
2006
3.03 | 6 ratings
Deathanity
2008
3.14 | 4 ratings
Human Life In Motion
2011
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Appalachian Court
2012
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The Warmth Of Mediocrity
2013

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...Court is Now in Session
2006

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 The Warmth Of Mediocrity by ODIN'S COURT album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.00 | 1 ratings

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The Warmth Of Mediocrity
Odin's Court Progressive Metal

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

— First review of this album —
3 stars US band ODIN'S COURT have been around ever since 2001, with a good handful of productions to their name so far, and in terms of full length albums they have released six of them so far. Their most recent one, "The Warmth of Mediocrity", was issued through US label The RecordLabel.net's Progrock Records division towards the end of 2013.

While this is a full length album, I guess the majority would really sort this one as a compilation rather than a bonafide studio disc, as the greater majority of the songs have been pulled from old releases. But as these songs have been both remixed and to some extent remade as well, due to the addition of Dimetrius LaFavors as lead vocalist, this really is a new album even if much of the material have been available in other versions previously.

As far as style is concerned, Odin's Court is among those bands that venture back and forth across the border between the rock and metal part of the progressive universe, although the main emphasis appears to be on the latter of these. They explore, at least in recent years, a brand of progressive metal that explore the contrasts between grimy, gnarly dark toned guitar riff constructions and light toned, subtly exotic sounding keyboard textures, with ample room for movements of a more careful nature to alternate between the harder edged and more intense ones. The piano is employed for an additional delicate touch on several occasions, and what I presume to be digitally crafted orchestral backings also have their place in the material of this band. The dulcimer is also used to good effects to convey effects of a more careful nature within this landscape.

From what I can recall of their older material, it would appear that their new vocalist is a good addition to this band. There are still some issues with the vocals however. That there are songs here not written with the new vocalist and his particular voice in mind is a fact, and that some of the vocal parts comes across as somewhat odd in structure and execution both is a detrimental detail at times. As is the band's slight tendency to hit off in a dramatic, technically oriented run with quirky staccato riff bursts in asynchronous patterns, although this latter aspect probably has more to do with personal taste and not quite as much to do with stylistic expression and structure as such.

Personally I found the band to be most interesting when exploring territories of a more regular nature, with the remade version of Utopian Rust and the following instrumental Paradise Lost: Chapter 1 to be clear album highlights. The former a fairly traditional progressive metal creation sporting a fairly smooth, dark toned guitar riff and a fairly predictable but effective keyboard contrast as the dominant elements, with compelling harmony based guitar soloing and a nifty bass motif beneath that fits this song in this guise very well indeed. The latter of these two songs appears to be a case of progressive metal inspired by classical music, using orchestral details to supplement the guitars and organ that otherwise sets the mood and atmosphere. Opening and title track The Warmth of Mediocrity also warrants a mention, and again we're dealing with a more common variety of progressive metal with strong and distinct contrasts between guitar riffs and keyboards, majestic themes and a harmony based song in general expression and instrumental solo runs both.

All in all a somewhat uneven production as far as I'm concerned, where the most experimental numbers also comes across as the least inspired of the lot. But when Odin's Court starts exploring a more common and predictable variety of progressive metal, then they are going strong with all cylinders firing in a fitting, majestic manner. A band and an album worth taking a look at if you're curious of a band that are at their best exploring traditional progressive metal Dream Theater style, while also having a go at assembling compositions of a more challenging nature that may not be quite as appealing - all of this very much depending on personal taste admittedly.

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 Deathanity by ODIN'S COURT album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.03 | 6 ratings

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Deathanity
Odin's Court Progressive Metal

Review by b_olariu
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3 stars Odin's Court is an american prog metal band formed around 2001. The name of the band is taken from Black Sabbath famous piece with same name from Tyr album. back to amricans, the album I review now is Deathanith released in 2008 and I think is their second release. The band playes prog metal but not for everyones taste, mainly because besides music the voice really distract, not bad but not fatastic either. The music is quirky, lots of breaks , and on almost every tune the style changes, I mean on one is symphonic prog metal , on other going almost jazz fusion, on other combined those two, and in the end you don't know what you listning to. Anyway the musicinship is most of the time ok, despite the vocal delivery who is standard and not very spectacular. No particular tune is better then other, all has kinda same level. Two invited guests here, Englund from Evergrey is present on some vocal parts on Mammonific and Tony Kakko from Sonata Arctica on Esoterica piece From me 3 stars, nothing more, nothing less. Similarity with Kamelot, Poverty's No Crime, or Symphony X.

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 Human Life In Motion by ODIN'S COURT album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.14 | 4 ratings

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Human Life In Motion
Odin's Court Progressive Metal

Review by kev rowland
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4 stars In 2011 Odin's Court released their fifth album and to say that they had moved on from the previous release is something of an understatement. This is a band that is highly drive, focussed on the job in hand, and know what just needs to be done to produce a great prog metal album. Rick Pierpoint is a stunning guitarist but he can be matched note for note by bassist Craig Jackson and they both mix and change their styles while at the same time providing incredible shred. Drummer John Abella is no slouch behind the kit, providing a dynamic backbone that allows the rest of the guys to keep moving on, while singer Matt Brookins is now in perfect harmony with what is going on musically.

I originally thought that it would take an external influence to pull this band in the right direction, but Matt stood up to the task and engineered, mixed and produced it himself. This is powerful prog metal that at times has more than the latter than the former, but never losing the melody and complexity. Whereas those into prog metal may be disappointed with the previous release, this is a killer and needs to be played loud. Very loud. www.progrockrecords.com

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 Deathanity by ODIN'S COURT album cover Studio Album, 2008
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Odin's Court Progressive Metal

Review by kev rowland
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3 stars I have had some real struggles to try and write this review, and have scrapped it a few times, but it's time to give it another shot. There is some incredible music on this prog metal album, with the guys showing that they can lock horns and provide shredding complex melodies as good as anything you may find on Poverty's No Crime or Presto Ballet for example. There are some spoken word passages in places, the music darts and drives into different stylistic areas with complex changing time signatures, counter melodies etc?But?(it was fairly obvious that there was a "but" coming) it just isn't all that it could be which is a great shame. It's just that it doesn't all work all of the time. Take Matt Brookins vocals for example, there are many times when the vocal style and delivery is absolutely perfect for the accompaniment, but there are other times when it jars.

Overall this is not as much a killer album, but one that promises what could be if there was a producer strong enough to keep everyone focussed and to cut out the elements that detract. That being said, it is still worth investigating if you like your prog good and heavy you may just come way disappointed. www.progrockrecords.com

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 Human Life In Motion by ODIN'S COURT album cover Studio Album, 2011
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Human Life In Motion
Odin's Court Progressive Metal

Review by Windhawk
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3 stars US act ODIN'S COURT was formed back in 2002 and has been an active unit both in terms of recording material and performing live. "Human Life in Motion" is their fourth studio album to date, and was issued by the US label Progrock Records in May 2011.

"Human Life in Motion" is a well-constructed piece of progressive metal with frequent detours into the art rock universe. Variety in scope, approach and style are the common denominator for this production, and instrumentally there's plenty for the attentive listener to enjoy. The compositions aren't always that interesting overall however, and the delivery of lead vocalist Brookins appears to be something of a weakness, at least to my ears. If you like his voice and enjoy refined music switching back and forth between art rock and progressive metal in style you should find this disc to be a rather enjoyable one.

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Odin's Court Progressive Metal

Review by Conor Fynes
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3 stars 'Human Life In Motion' - Odin's Court (6/10)

Odin's Court may not be a band I have heard of before, but even by a quick glance at their discography, it is clear that they are an established act in progressive metal. Over four albums, this band has been making music together, and on this latest outing, 'Human Life In Motion' does go to show the act's tightness. However, Odin's Court has not yet solved some of the bigger issues that lie in their music, and while there is a great concept at work here, it gets somewhat lost in the execution.

LIke so many bands labelled under the progressive metal umbrella, Odin's Court can certainly play their instruments, although based on the music they have made on 'Human Life In Motion', they tend to lean towards the more emotional and melodic side of the genre. Emotions, in fact, are what this album is all about. Each track here is meant to bring out a different emotion or feeling in the listener, as is underlined by the subtext of each title. As a result, Odin's Court goes through a variety of moods in this album. The band also changes up their sound for each new song, which is a good thing to keep the music fresh, but sadly, no sound of the band is strong enough to leave a powerful impression. There are songs here that could do proud Pain of Salvation, and others that go for a more traditional prog sound of Marillion or Pendragon. The production is manageable, but restrains the music to a somewhat mechanical feel. The vocalist sounds quite a bit like the one from Pendragon, and while labelled as prog metal, Odin's Court are more common to go down a mellow route on this album than heaviness, although the moments where they do let loose with the distortion sound quite intense by comparison.

The instrumentation here is quite good, with some of the guitar harmonies being very beautiful. The award would have to go to the bass work however; although it is sometimes hard to hear in the mix, when I could hear what was happening with it, I was very impressed by the often technical licks he pulled off, sounding somewhat like the work of Tony Choy in Atheist. Comparisons aside, Odin's Court doesn't have a great sense of identity to them, even on this fourth album. I would not consider this a typical prog metal album, but rather a typical modern prog album. While the concept of highlighting an emotion for each song could have seen great things happen with it, I ironically do not feel a great deal with 'Human Life In Motion', despite some strong moments from the band here.

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 Human Life In Motion by ODIN'S COURT album cover Studio Album, 2011
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Human Life In Motion
Odin's Court Progressive Metal

Review by J-Man
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3 stars With Human Life In Motion, American progressive metal act Odin's Court aim to take a look at the "human experience" through eleven tracks, each dealing with a different primary emotion. While still creating interesting compositions to go along with the heavy lyrical content, Odin's Court deliver American progressive rock/metal just as it should be - heavy riffs, melodic vocals, lush keyboards, and interesting instrumental runs dominate most of this album's playing time. Human Life In Motion's general lack of experimentation and originality makes it seem a bit irrelevant in today's prog metal scene, but Odin's Court deliver enough quality compositions and musicianship to make this a decent purchase for fans of the genre.

Human Life In Motion is generally a melodic and straightforward experience - no songs exceed the 6-minute mark, and most are conventionally structured with strong melodies. Of course, this isn't a major issue, but the conventional songwriting (while still very well-executed) does rub off as a bit unoriginal. Thankfully, Odin's Court is a group of extremely talented musicians and keep things interesting throughout Human Life In Motion's full playing time. The bass playing from Craig Jackson especially stands out to me - unlike most prog metal acts, Odin's Court manages to create interesting and memorable bass lines; surely a sign of their talent as songwriters and musicians!

Unfortunately, Human Life In Motion is also plagued by a fairly generic and lifeless production. Although it sounds competent, it lacks the emotional punch and professionalism that would benefit the album greatly. The drums sound especially flat and uninspired - it's a shame, really, because the drumming is actually quite good.

Although Human Life In Motion suffers from a few technical issues and it lacks a unique sound of its own, it's still a well-made prog metal album that fans of the genre should enjoy. Odin's Court is a group of talented musicians that, with just a few small improvements, could really make a large impact in the prog metal world. I'll be keeping a close eye on where these guys head in the future. As far as Human Life In Motion is concerned, I'd say a middle-of- the-road 3 stars are deserved. If you're okay with fairly conventional - yet still well-composed - progressive metal, the latest effort from Odin's Court is a very recommended purchase.

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 Deathanity by ODIN'S COURT album cover Studio Album, 2008
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Deathanity
Odin's Court Progressive Metal

Review by Windhawk
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3 stars This 2008 release by US act Odin's Court doesn't impress too much, although it has it's good qualities.

Quirky and complicated progressive metal is the core of this band's sound, staccato arhythmic guitar patterns being a feature that is common on most compositions. They mix this with distinct symphonic leanings, adding mellow segments in quite a few creations where melodic acoustic guitars, keyboard layers and quite often atmospheric guitar soloing too. Further enriching their sound is the addition of jazz-tinged elements; often by way of the bass guitar - and the addition of sax in a few tunes.

What makes it hard for me to enjoy this one is abrupt, brutal changes in style and pace as a regular feature in most songs; somewhat weak vocal delivery (with a few exceptions) and a mix that although is finely balanced is just too loud for my personal taste - the soundscape has tendencies to become cacophonic in the busiest and most energetic segments.

Worth checking out for people into technically complex prog metal with adventurous and eclectic leanings.

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