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Osada Vida


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4.00 | 78 ratings

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3 stars Osada Vida seem to like their concept albums. Following on from 2008's The Body Part's Party, the Polish quartet return with Uninvited Dreams with the theme of nightmares running through it.

The first thing I noticed was the vast improvement in the sound over their last album and the band plays tighter too. They still seem to occupy similar territory to their fellow countrymen Riverside; prog metal instilled with atmospheric keyboard flourishes. Despite no shortage of powerful metal riffs the guitars don't take over completely and there's still plenty of space for keyboards, which while often forming a backdrop for the guitars take a front seat occasionally with a mixture of modern synth textures, piano and Hammond (?) organ.

Most of the songs are around the ten minute mark and the band takes the opportunity for plenty of instrumental breaks which are in the main inventive and maintain the listener's interest. Childmare (A Goodnight Story) contains an excellent and lengthy guitar solo from Bartek Bereska showing what a good player he really is. Osada Vida's weakest area is the vocal work of bassist Lukasz Lisiak which can't be described as anything more than adequate. They are helped however by the inclusion of some female backing vocals from Natalia Krakowiak who adds another dimension to Lisiak's slightly monotone delivery.

Apart from the title track which opens the album, I did find it took a few listens for most of the material to sink in, thinking it a little ordinary at first. It's worth sticking with as after a few plays it starts to reveal its secrets. No such problems with Uninvited Dreams though, with its contagious hook on the chorus.

Overall while not in the same league as their countrymen Riverside, Osada Vida have made an album that is a step up from their last one, which although I found it enjoyable enough hasn't been off the shelf much once the dust settled and it was out of my recent purchases area. I suspect Uninvited Dreams will have longer lasting appeal. 3 stars.

Nightfly | 3/5 |


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