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Founded in Quebec City, Canada in 2007

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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4.02 | 20 ratings
Have A Seat
2012
3.85 | 32 ratings
Ascension
2015
3.68 | 47 ratings
The Void
2020

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 The Void by INNER ODYSSEY album cover Studio Album, 2020
3.68 | 47 ratings

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The Void
Inner Odyssey Progressive Metal

Review by ssmarcus

3 stars Don't be fooled by the opening track on this album, the majority of this record's run time is straight Dream Theater worship to the point where had a song like "I'm Fine" and "Nemesis" come up on a playlist shuffle, I would have right away assumed these were DT tracks I must have overlooked on the second "The Astonishing" disk.

Despite the above criticism, I still regard the album favorably. The group's quirky vocalist and, at times, forward thinking keyboardist prove that Inner Void has their own unique style that they have only begun to explore. The novelty that does make its way into this album is genuinely fun and engaging. I would have liked to see more of it!

In light of this, I genuinely believe Inner Void is a group with a prog metal classic waiting somewhere up its sleeve.

 The Void by INNER ODYSSEY album cover Studio Album, 2020
3.68 | 47 ratings

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The Void
Inner Odyssey Progressive Metal

Review by Second Endeavour

4 stars INNER ODYSSEY have returned with CD 'The Void' which is a new evidence of the band's uncompromising attitude toward creativity and self-discovery. Not contenting to just emulate the more widely known artists, Canadian five-piece strike out on their own path. Yep, I am fairly certain that Inner Odyssey represent a singular brand of fresh and imaginative modern progressive rock style. How to describe their latest proposal? This record defies a simple categorization, and there is no simple way to tell you what you find here, because no song is any one thing. Sometimes mellow, sometimes potent, CD 'The Void' is full of diversity, intricacy, and abrupt metric changes. Each progression takes its time to develop, the vocals and instrumentation are provided with exciting contrasts. The band knows how to make this interesting from the very start till the finish. In result, they produce a terrific blend which combines gentle parts with more aggressive material and experimental explosive moments. Sure, one important thing to keep in mind, that with quality music at this level of complexity and performances, it takes attentive listens to really begin to appreciate the eclectic stuff. The reward comes with perseverance, focus and many spins of the disc. Then, you'll admire the combination of the smooth lines and the harsh edges, the rich colours and shadings, convoluted textures, and how the parts fit together. So if you wanna get a quirky musical experience, giving the wide spectre of emotions, then you need look no further than here.
 The Void by INNER ODYSSEY album cover Studio Album, 2020
3.68 | 47 ratings

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The Void
Inner Odyssey Progressive Metal

Review by rdtprog
Special Collaborator Heavy / RPI / Symphonic Prog Team

4 stars I'm been following this band since their impressive debut and this metal prog band seems to have polished their sound even more on this new release. The songs have a lot of room to breathe in with plenty of acoustic parts. "The Reckoning" shows his influence with a singer that steals a singing trick from Russ Jennings of Haken. His voice throughout the album is a cross between Jennings and Steven Wilson. "The Void" starts with an ambient passage with some melodic vocal part and a gentle guitar solo. It gets more intense before an acoustic part and more guitar solos. It has a nice and short keys part in the end. "Don't Walk Away" is the album ballad with a definitive Opeth or Swedish influence. "Endgame" is the most eclectic song in the Haken style with some impressive vocal work, strong bass lines and overall some strong instrumental part. "Nemesis" is the instrumental song with another tribute to Dream Theater. The mix and production on this album are excellent, I know that a lot of people have work on this to achieve this result. This band will not bring anything new to this genre, but they have succeed to absorb all their influences to create a solid album melodic, epic with strong musicianship.
 The Void by INNER ODYSSEY album cover Studio Album, 2020
3.68 | 47 ratings

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The Void
Inner Odyssey Progressive Metal

Review by Rivertree
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4 stars Alongside with the band Hillward this outfit surely sets a special trademark when speaking of melodic heavy prog music from Canada's Quebec region. And yes, there are some relations given, as David Lizotte is responsible for the mix and mastering on this occasion, at least that. After leaving five years behind INNER ODYSSEY are getting started as a fivesome yet again. Where guitarist Vincent Leboeuf Gadreau, while also adding the complete lyrics to the fold, officiates as the band's constant, head, during recent years. The new album is made of nine songs. They are thematically dealing with the context of rejection, failure and cyber addiction concerning social media respectively the virtual world in general.

While musically drawing some inspirations from artists like Mariusz Duda and Steven Wilson throughout, 'The Void' marks a typical prog metal and heavy art rock hybrid. Étienne Doyon provides proper lead vocals, interesting effect at this however also partially vocoder modified. Just mentioning the opener Overhanging by way of example, which appears in a rather charming mainstream outfit. The following The Reckoning sets the first album highlight, due to more complexity and a skillful blend of melodic melancholic and heavier constituted portions, this including multiple guitar variations and excellent polyphonic background vocals.

'Now I'm On My Own, I'm Drifting Afar, Deep Into The Void' ... catchy melodies respectively refrains with sing-along impact, wonderful! Even while initiating with modern technical beat this does not disturb the atmosphere on the prospering title track, which also shows an awesome synthesizer solo in between. Sparkling piano lines and dramatic synth walls, heavy riffs - on Nemesis then we'll meet them in full blow at the latest. Alex Rancourt's lively bass playing will need a special mention too, a pleasant addition. Official release date is 1st of March, please allocate enough time for this. 'The Void' may not offer something surprisingly new for one or two. Nonetheless it is essential for melodic prog fans, because compositions, flow, execution and production are top-notch in its entirety.

 Ascension by INNER ODYSSEY album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.85 | 32 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'.
 Have A Seat by INNER ODYSSEY album cover Studio Album, 2012
4.02 | 20 ratings

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Have A Seat
Inner Odyssey Progressive Metal

Review by rdtprog
Special Collaborator Heavy / RPI / Symphonic Prog Team

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.

 Have A Seat by INNER ODYSSEY album cover Studio Album, 2012
4.02 | 20 ratings

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Have A Seat
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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