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INNER ODYSSEY

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INNER ODYSSEY is a Canadian, Québec-based, quintet that continues the legacy that was paved by progressive metal bands like DREAM THEATER and FATES WARNING.

The band had its humble beginnings with Vincent Leboeuf GADREAU, in 2007, while he was still college. After just leaving a hardcore band, the guitarist desided to put his creative talent into the progressive genre due to his love for bands like RIVERSIDE, DREAM THEATER, PORCUPINE TREE, SYMPHONY X and many others.

The result of this new project was the band INNER ODYSSEY which mixes the hard lines of modern metal music with the strong emotional feeling tones of old fashioned and modern progressive rock. The band is currently comprised of Vincent Leboeuf GADREAU on guitars and vocals, Simon GOURDEAU on bass, Pier-Luc Garand DION on vocals, Mathieu CHAMBERLAND on piano and keyboards and Étienne DOYON on drums and vocals.

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4.24 | 9 ratings
Have A Seat
2011
4.22 | 9 ratings
Ascension
2015

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 Ascension by INNER ODYSSEY album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.22 | 9 ratings

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Ascension
Inner Odyssey Progressive Metal

Review by PH

5 stars I had great expectations for the second release from Canadian prog-band INNER ODYSSEY. Begs the trivial question: was it worth the wait? Yeah, 'Ascension' is a fabulous affair! It can literally take your breath away. Beside graceful musicianship and terrific songwriting, young fellows bring artistic integrity. Each song blends perfectly with the concept of metaphorical journey through the life, accompanied by inescapable questions that depend on different age stage. Étienne Doyon is responsible here for the lead singing and percussion. The guitar textures (Vincent Leboeuf-Gadreau) are underpinned by bass department (Simon Gourdeau), while Mathieu Chamberland provides the keyboards intention. The album's opener, 'Why Am I Here (Ouverture)', slowly gains momentum, holding a vibe where nice chords are alternated by powerful work. This segues into 'Something More', larded with the guitar gimmicks, interspersed between agility of keys and tight rhythmic section. Thereafter, 'A World Of My Own', which is replete with sonic surprises and whimsical performance. The middle section contains Spanish-esque fragment. Next up, 'My Purpose' has enough room both for enchantment and for virtuosity. Heir, titled 'Losing Your Mind', sounds at times vigorous, at other moments fragile, but without losing sight of the common message. Again, the intertwining harmonies create a special palette. Drifting 'Crawl' exudes flavour, bound by the vowel system and instrumental passages. Then, things turn to 'Lifelong Misery', using a barrage of potent riffs and intriguing synthesizer lines, thrown in for good measure. Bass and drums battle it out amidst significant signatures. The flute is also present in the mix. Gentle 'Introspection' shows a sense of restraint that's underscored by piano melody and the fine vocal delivery. Bursting out in a prog- metal style, instrumental 'Retrospection' gives offensive template. It's mighty and furious. By contrast, a smooth ballad 'You Are Not Alone' glides to soothe. Its melodic pattern can remind of the opening track. For the completion, comes versatile 'Where It Begins, Where It Ends' (Finale), a melting pot of cool ideas, featuring excellent placement of accents...In sum, I can rate this CD as the strongly recommended purchase! Just imagine, if Pink Floyd, It Bites, Porcupine Tree, Anathema, Dream Theater and Transatlantic got together and worked on one album - it would sound much like 'Ascension'.

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 Have A Seat by INNER ODYSSEY album cover Studio Album, 2011
4.24 | 9 ratings

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Have A Seat
Inner Odyssey Progressive Metal

Review by rdtprog
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4 stars The music on this CD is a work of art, all resemblances with the reality or other type of music is accidental, or almost... Those words summed up my thoughts after listening this prog metal CD from this Quebec band.

From the spacey intro and the ballad type of song, i couldn't tell if it was a metal band, until the third part of "Light Years Away", where the music expand on the metal side with the keyboards up front and a fast tempo typical of Dream Theater. I could hear the same Petrucci's guitar sound and even the Jordan Rudess's keyboards.There is numerous tempo change from fast to super fast with a solid rhythm section, and a singer that doesn't have the perfect voice, but manage to do a good job to go along plenty of long instrumental passages. Some Dream Theater's influences are pretty obvious, the influences of their first period and their more heavy oriented period. The song "Blank Sheet Syndrome" has a short piano passage that is a ripoff of "The Mirror" from the Awake CD of Dream Theater.

I don't say that it's a total copy of the leader of the prog metal genre, it's more than that, especially with the song "Sinking" who contains again a spacey intro and the most variety of moods among all the tracks here. With some piano, acoustic and quieter passages, the band has succeed to keep the music interesting from start to finish despite some repeated themes and a lot of metal passages. It's never too heavy and too far away from progressive rock, so for that reason it should appeal also to the progressive rock audience, especially to those who enjoy Dream Theater.

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 Have A Seat by INNER ODYSSEY album cover Studio Album, 2011
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Inner Odyssey Progressive Metal

Review by Wilgod3p

5 stars Great Debut from prog metal band from Quebec

When I first heard of Inner Odyssey, I was very interest since I live in Quebec and like progressive metal. So I got my copy of Have A Seat and was pleasantly surprised. I was expecting another copy of prog metal bands like Dream Theater or Symphony X. Instead, Have A Seat uses these influences to create something different and very good.

The album starts with a 3 parts song more progressive rock than metal. Then it continues in a more metal vein while keeping a lot of prog parts along the way. The album really flows as if the whole thing was only one long song.

All the musicians are great without overplaying their instruments, like would do many other prog metal bands. The instrumental parts are not too long and the songs structure reminds of Porcupine Tree. While some people would complain about the vocal, I find it perfect for the kind of music they are creating.

Finally, Have A Seat is a great album. Even if it is progressive metal, it never get too heavy, and I think every progressive rock fans can appreciate it. I really think Inner Odyssey have a good future in the progressive rock community.

4.5/5

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