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ODD LOGIC

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US band ODD LOGIC was formed in 2003, originally as a trio consisting of Sean Thompson (vocals, guitars, keyboards), Sam Blades (bass) and Jeffery Leigh (drums, percussion, programming). Inspired by acts such as Queensryche, Symphony X and Styx they created their own brand of progressive metal, resulting in debut album Parallax Panorama created and released the same year.

Later on Odd Logic became a solo vehicle for Thompson, who decided to start making concept albums in a manner similar to what Arjen Lucassen has done for many years with his Ayreon project. He took over all instrumental duties himself, and featured guests for voiceovers and vocals.

The first of these productions, Legends of Monta Part I, was released in 2006, while the second chapter in this series saw the light three years later in 2009.

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Over the UnderworldOver the Underworld
CD Baby 2011
Audio CD$3.35
$8.88 (used)
Legends Of Monta: Part ILegends Of Monta: Part I
AM Music 2011
Audio CD$15.99
$40.06 (used)
If We Were LiveIf We Were Live
CD Baby 2013
Audio CD$7.11
Legends of Monta: Part IILegends of Monta: Part II
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Parallax PanoramaParallax Panorama
AM Music Studios 2004
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4.00 | 1 ratings
Parallax Panorama
2003
4.00 | 1 ratings
Legends of Monta: Part I
2006
4.05 | 3 ratings
Legends of Monta: Part II
2009
3.76 | 5 ratings
Over The Underworld
2011
4.00 | 1 ratings
If We Were Live
2013

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 Over The Underworld by ODD LOGIC album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.76 | 5 ratings

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Over The Underworld
Odd Logic Progressive Metal

Review by J-Man
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4 stars Although Odd Logic has remained in relative obscurity since its formation in 2003, Over the Underworld is proof that they're one of the most creative acts in the prog metal genre. It's certainly not every day you hear a modern "vanilla prog metal" album with this much atmosphere, heaviness, and emotion - even more infrequently do you run across an album in this genre that is meant to be synced to a movie. Over the Underworld was written in different "movements" meant to be synced with different parts of the 2003 film, Underworld. Although I may be missing out on the intended experience of this album (I've never seen Underworld - let alone sync it to this album), the music alone is enough to leave me awestruck. Over the Underworld has a few flaws, but none crippling enough to rob the album of its accolades. This should prove to be one of 2011's highlights in the prog metal world - I wouldn't miss out on this exceptional effort from Sean Thompson.

The music on Over the Underworld is progressive metal with obvious influences from the likes of Dream Theater, Symphony X, and Pain of Salvation. I also hear nods in the direction of the much-heavier modern djent-metal movement. The guitar and bass tones are usually downtuned and extremely distorted - there's a heavy, almost industrial, atmosphere throughout the album that makes the lighter sections contrast even greater than they normally would. Sean Thompson has demonstrated here that it is not only possible to create "vanilla prog metal" that's still strikingly original, but it's also possible to succeed tremendously at doing so.

Over the Underworld took a quite a few spins before I "got it" - not at all surprising when one considers the epic scope of the album. Every song here (aside from the hidden track at the end) falls into the 9 to 21 minute range, and encompasses multiple sections, mood changes, and a concept story filled with repeated themes. That alone should make my first acquaintance with the album a bit difficult, but the production also took a little while to get used to. That shouldn't at all be interpreted as a bad thing, though - the more I hear Over the Underworld, the more I recognize the genius of the album's production. The guitars and bass both dominate the mix here, with the drums and atmospheric keyboards often taking a backseat in the sound. The vocals are also fairly low in the mix, but it adds excellent mood to the album. I would just recommend not dismissing the quirky production after just one or two spins - it definitely reveals itself after repeated listens.

As I've mentioned earlier, Over the Underworld was meant to be synced to the 2003 film Underworld. For most listeners I can imagine this being a bit of a "double-edged sword", so to speak. On one hand, this gives the album a unique twist that sets it apart from the seas of cookie-cutter prog metal bands, but on the other hand this method of songwriting may create a few problems. Although a largely insignificant complaint, I do feel that a few sections on the album are a bit "underdeveloped" because of the method of composing used here. If the album weren't synced to a movie, Sean Thompson may have had more freedom to expand upon his ideas. Some parts feel as if they were cut off early just to match up with the movie - it happens infrequently, but it's a minor complaint regardless. This may just be an issue that resolves itself after even more spins, however. Considering how much this album grew on me after the first 10 listens or so, I have a feeling that the next 10 spins may prove that this isn't a problem at all.

Over the Underworld is a groundbreaking prog metal album in the truest sense. It's strikingly original, genius in its delivery, and compositionally intriguing - that pretty much defines a "modern classic" for me. If you give Over the Underworld the undivided detention it demands, this should prove to be an incredible experience for all prog metal fans. 4.5 stars are well-deserved here. Let's hope this album puts Odd Logic on the map - I know that this will be one of my highlights this year for sure!

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 Over The Underworld by ODD LOGIC album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.76 | 5 ratings

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Over The Underworld
Odd Logic Progressive Metal

Review by toroddfuglesteg

3 stars Odd Logic moves in mysterious ways...

The brand new Odd Logic album is a bit of a mystery. It contains of 5 very long pieces of music. Average length is around 13 minutes. One of the songs are even over 20 minutes long. In other words, very ambitious.

The music here is modern progressive metal with a lot of cyber metal infused. That means dirty sounding bass, guitars and drums which has been downtuned. Cyber music from inside a big machine in other words. The vocals is pretty similar to George Michael, though. George Michael from Wham! fame, that is. The music has a lot of film and sound effects too. There is also a film included in this album too. A secret movie, that is. Instructions on their Myspace site.

The music itself is chopping and changing between downtuned heavy guitar passages, sound samples from movies (I presume) and some clear instrumental parties taken from symphonic prog. The sound is big and so is this album. It is a big sounding album and a very heavy album too. Minimalism is not a word I would use here.

The quality of the songs are good throughout. I am not one of these cyber prog metal fans, I gladly admit. But the clean sounding melody bits here are great. The blasting bits where Odd Logic is trying to scare of the crows outside my office window (and succeeding !) is not to my liking. This is an contrast filled album between the beauty and the beast. I quite like it, but that's it.

3 stars

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 Legends of Monta: Part II by ODD LOGIC album cover Studio Album, 2009
4.05 | 3 ratings

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Legends of Monta: Part II
Odd Logic Progressive Metal

Review by Windhawk
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4 stars Do you like old school progressive metal? Do you like fantasy fiction? Do you like old-fashioned role-playing games? If you gave a yes to the first and one positive response to either of the following questions then Odd Logic may just be a band you would like to check out further.

"Legends of Monta: Part II" is, as the name implies, the second album following a conceptual story. The first chapter was realized in conceptual, musical form back in 2006.

I didn't get too much into the storyline of this one, apart from the context: An grandfather telling a fantasy story to his grandson, with an odd twist at the end. What I did catch throughout the album are odd names for persons and places, and certain twists in the storyline which owes more to Dungeons & Dragons than to Tolkien and C. S. Lewis. Which may limit the audience for this album to some extent.

But if you can tolerate this setting, and especially if you generally find these kinds of endeavours enjoyable, you're in for a treat with this album. Musically it is a well made affair. While not taking on as elaborate musical territories as bands like Ayreon, Dream Theater and Symphony X, Sean Thompson is a strong lead vocalist and as a composer he has a good ear for melody and a keen sense for the construction of engaging and pleasing textures. The odd quirky riff pattern does appear from time to time, but most times the melody is in focus, enhanced by clever keyboard patterns and synth textures. It won't make it into any record books as amongst the most challenging efforts made, but it's most certainly pleasing for the ear and the mind.

Spicing up the proceedings are the inclusion of cinematic sequences, with more or less good acting and sound effects to highlight certain parts of the story. Personally I found most of them to enhance the overall listener experience, but for some these segments may end up as to cheesy. I'd surmise that fantasy fans with a distinct intellectual approach to their reading and enjoyment of the genre will be slightly put off, while those who doesn't reflect too much upon the philosophical grounds of their fantasy pleasures should find these delightful.

A strong album will well made compositions, perhaps somewhat lacking in the mix and production department at times but then again we're not dealing with a record label effort constructed in a state of the art studio either. Personally I found the quality of the compositions here to outweigh the technical aspects of this venture, but the clinical sound enthusiast might get less enjoyment out of this one due to that.

All in all, a strong effort, tailor made for enthusiasts of fantasy and progressive metal both.

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