Rating:
8.7
Odious - Mirror Of Vibrations
23 April 2007


01. Silver Sea
02. Poems Hidden On Black Walls
03. Deaf And Blind Witness
04. For The Unknown Is Horrid
05. Invitation To Chaotic Revelation
06. Smile In Vacuum Warnings
07. Split Punishment
08. Upon The Broken Wings
09. Dilemma


Mirror Of Vibrations is the first full-length album by the Egyptian black metal band Odious. Their musical style could be described as folk-infused atmospheric black metal. You see, folk instruments have been incorporated into most styles of metal by more bands than one would care to count, sometimes to good effect, many times just for the "we-so-cool" effect. In this case, Odious has done it masterfully.

Odious plays a style of metal in which the oud and the guitars go hand in hand, the tabla (oriental drum) is used in tandem with the drum kit and the keyboard is utilised, all to create a sound that is unique and original - the likes of which you probably haven't heard before. For the vocals, Bassem Fakhri employs two shrieks of different pitches, with the higher pitch used more often. Every member is proficient with his instrument, although the production does them no justice, (which, in my opinion, is not a problem considering this is the debut album of a band that hails from a metal-unfriendly region). The songs are well over five minutes in length (except for the intro and outro tracks) and employ structures not uncommon to the genre. What's worth praising here is the atmosphere: dark, haunting and distinctly oriental. The lyrics are philosophical - dealing with several themes - and generally well-written, though you'll need a lyrics sheet if you want to enjoy them fully.

This is one of those albums that grow on you. I don't remember liking it much the first time I heard it two years ago, as the production wasn't acceptable to my untrained ears back then; it detracts from the overall quality of the sound of this album, especially the vocals and the bass. But once I got past that, I started to really enjoy the album for what it is: an original mix of Eastern and Western music and an amazing display of musicianship.

All in all, a great debut, although I'd have liked to see at least one track sung in Arabic, and more oriental instruments. It will be interesting to see how they evolve their music and improve on this success for their next album, Skin Age, scheduled for 2012.

If you like Melechesh, Myrath, Orphaned Land or you're a fan of folk or melodic black metal in general, this album might very well be for you.

Highlights: "For the Unknown Is Horrid", "Poems Hidden On Black Walls"

Performance: 8
Songwriting: 9
Originality: 9
Production: 6


Band profile: Odious
Album: Mirror Of Vibrations


 


written by Fredd | 14.12.2011


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Troy Killjoy - 14.12.2011 at 10:57  
A very good debut review Fredd.

Maybe this will give me an excuse to listen to the album now...
Fredd - 14.12.2011 at 11:13  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 14.12.2011 at 10:57

A very good debut review Fredd.

Maybe this will give me an excuse to listen to the album now...

You mean you didn't listen to it when I told you?
JD - 14.12.2011 at 15:46  
Good review Freddy
Fredd - 14.12.2011 at 15:51  
Written by JD on 14.12.2011 at 15:46

Good review Freddy

Thanks.
Iron Nostarion - 14.12.2011 at 18:36  
Dis review be gettin' alot from da essence of awsum, mon. Keep up da good waaark. =D
Fredd - 14.12.2011 at 18:39  
Written by Iron Nostarion on 14.12.2011 at 18:36

Keep up da good waaank. =D

Danke
Iron Nostarion - 14.12.2011 at 18:44  
Written by Fredd on 14.12.2011 at 18:39

Written by Iron Nostarion on 14.12.2011 at 18:36

Keep up da good waaank. =D

Danke


Nice edit, you had me thinking I actually wrote that for once. xDDDDDDD
Troy Killjoy - 14.12.2011 at 21:51  
Written by Fredd on 14.12.2011 at 11:13
You mean you didn't listen to it when I told you?

Admittedly, I did not. I don't have as much free time to do such things these days. D:
Fredd - 14.12.2011 at 22:12  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 14.12.2011 at 21:51

Written by Fredd on 14.12.2011 at 11:13
You mean you didn't listen to it when I told you?

Admittedly, I did not. I don't have as much free time to do such things these days. D:

have you, now?
Troy Killjoy - 14.12.2011 at 22:14  
Written by Fredd on 14.12.2011 at 22:12
have you, now?

I've got it playing on YouTube in the background right now. The oriental instrumentation is a little distracting but all in all the music is pretty good stuff.
Fredd - 14.12.2011 at 22:22  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 14.12.2011 at 22:14

Written by Fredd on 14.12.2011 at 22:12
have you, now?

The oriental instrumentation is a little distracting

to each his own.
Slinky666 - 16.12.2011 at 05:19  
Overall composition is not too complex and leaves me unsatisfied.
Troy Killjoy - 16.12.2011 at 05:33  
Written by Guest on 16.12.2011 at 05:19
Overall composition is not too complex and leaves me unsatisfied.

Are you saying you only like overly complex music?
Slinky666 - 16.12.2011 at 06:38  
Quote:
Are you saying you only like overly complex music?


I found the Egyptian flavor refreshing and I see some potential in these guys. I just sense somehow that they are not trying too hard - I hear a bit of "rumble on". Ra, ra, ra, rum, riff, drum is not going to win me over.
.:Nataras:. - 20.03.2012 at 15:40  
Quote:
Written by Guest on 16.12.2011 at 06:38

Are you saying you only like overly complex music?


I found the Egyptian flavor refreshing and I see some potential in these guys. I just sense somehow that they are not trying too hard - I hear a bit of "rumble on". Ra, ra, ra, rum, riff, drum is not going to win me over.


music playing in such a Islamic and unfriendly with metal genre country it's so difficult, ordinary people and government in my country "Iran" call metal musicians as Satanists...
even one day that i walked on the street, police arrests me, because of my leather boots and my black T-shirt, and they kept me in police station for 6 hours! they take photos of my clothes my face and all the time they told me, who is your boss in your satanic group?!?!?...
but it was not so bad! not at all! because i'm still alive! so many peoples excuted in iran everyday and no one knows that around the world!
i'm a drummer, i can't train properly, there is no suitable place for that here! i must be carefull!
i think that, Odious's drummer used sample drums for this record...
drums recording in these countries is so much difficult than the other countries in Europe and USA.
Fritillaria - 03.04.2013 at 19:33  
Well written review :-) this motivated me to give this album a chance ASAP
Fredd - 03.04.2013 at 20:21  
Written by Guest on 03.04.2013 at 19:33

Well written review :-) this motivated me to give this album a chance ASAP

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