|Review: Odd Dimension - Symmetrical|
Label: Scarlet Records
Year released: 2011
Genre: Progressive Metal
Review online: March 19, 2011
Reviewed by: Adam Kohrman
Rated 4/5 (80%) (1 Vote)
To be a fan of prog, you have to grow up with it. It's not like the genre is attracting new converts in their 20s and 30s. The genre's fanbase is built-in. It consists of people who found prog in their teens, impressed by its technical prowess, or simply how many notes they could fit into one solo, and then never tired of the music with age. Frankly, these people are few. Fewer now than ever. While bands like Dream Theater and Rush will always have their place, burgeoning new prog acts will never have an easy time finding fans. Such will be the case for Italy's Odd Dimension. On their debut album Symmetrical, their prog/power sound is fragmented and pulsing, but has trouble keeping songs together. That is, while each individual part sounds perfectly fine, the songs don't always flow together in order to create broader works.
Odd Dimension have a very clean sound, much like every other band in their genre. It's no surprise that you could liken these guys to a proggier Stratovarius. But isn't that Pagan's Mind? Well yes, actually. Odd Dimension sound a great deal like the sadly MIA Norwegian prog titans. Vocalist Manuel Candiotto even sounds like a tamer, less grandiose Nils K. Rue. But apart from comparisons, Odd Dimension do have an edgy power, and even a fierceness to their prog sound. Unlike most prog bands, you can easily find yourself pumping your fist and headbanging to this stuff, even if it occasionally suffers from sloppy writing.
Let's remember this is just a debut, and good prog bands grow. They aren't the bestial extreme bands that get all their energy out on their debut. Odd Dimension show promise and potential, despite their flaws.
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