Title - 'Turtles All The Way Down’
Artist - Odin’s Court
First things first, and whoever created the artwork for this eagerly-awaited fifth album from Odin’s Court deserves an Oscar! I mean, to be given an album title such as Turtles All The Way Down and to still be able to come up with such a conceptual animation of cover art is, well, a feckin’ genius! [Just found out it was French painter J.P. Fournier. As I say, feckin‘ genius!]
OK, moving on and USA based progressive rock and metal band Odin’s Court have unleashed their epic, and highly-anticipated new, and fifth album Turtles All the Way Down this very month of March. Fans of the band already are well versed in the fact that Odin’s Court have already brought forth four other highly diverse albums (on ProgRock Records internationally). But here on the new release, Odin’s Court have decided to go the independent route and bring it out via their own label, D2C Studios.
Formed in Maryland by Matt Brookins in 2001, Odin’s Court - Brookins (Vocalist, Guitarist, Keyboardist, and multi-instrumentalist); Rick Pierpont (Guitarist, Backing Vocalist); Dimetrius LaFavors (Vocalist); Gary Raub (Drummer, Percussionist, and Backing Vocalist); and Jason Pierpont (Bassist) - have stepped up their game this time. Adding a more refined balance of modern and classic vibes, whilst still harboring all the known Odin characteristics, Turtles All the Way Down is an epic three piece concept album.
Featuring three chapters that deal with mankind’s quest for knowledge - Universe, Life and Everything - together with a new vocalist in LaFlavor, Odin’s Court expand their musical horizons by making new discoveries along the way. It’s true that the melodies and harmonies are all noticeably catchier than on the quartet of albums that have gone before, but thematically the album still deals with pretty heavy subject matter to the band.
Indeed, as Brookins himself has said about this crucial-to-the-genre work of prog rock, “The main message is that life is a beautiful journey and as far as we can observe with empirical results, only happens once. So stop and smell the roses.” Amen, brother. Amen.
Check out the newest video single from the album “And the Answer Is…” here: https://youtu.be/75wcSNhSYAA
Confirmed 2015 Tour dates (so far):
May 5 – NJ Proghouse – Dunellen, NJ – With Inside Out Recording Artist Enchant
May 6 – Fish Head Cantina – Baltimore, MD – With Inside Out Recording Artist Enchant
May 7 – Empire – Springfield, VA (Washington DC) – With Inside Out Recording Artist Enchant
May 8 – 120 Tavern – Atlanta, GA – With Inside Out Recording Artist Enchant