Title - 'Deathanity (R3)'
Artist - Odin's Court
First things first, and as usual, whomever created the artwork for this re-release from Odin’s Court deserves an artistic medal! I mean, I know it's a re-release from an album originally released back in 2008, but to be given the task of "changing it up" and yet "keeping it the same" must have been a real brain teaser for the artists in question! And yet, by golly, they did it. We see what seems to be vultures circling a burning tree; an apt imagery to clearly show what was happening back then in their musical lives, perhaps.
OK, moving on and USA based progressive rock and metal band Odin’s Court have unleashed their epic, and highly-anticipated re-release of Deathanity (R3) upon us - and it is everything that we had hoped for, trust me. Originally recorded, mixed, and mastered by band architect Matt Brookins at D2C Studios back between January 2007 and March 2008, here in 2015, the band have come together to enhance it; re-energize it, so to speak.
Thus, Odin's Court did partial records (ie: Dimetrius LaFavors, vocals), a full remix, and a remaster to improve the sonic quality / production value of the album, lastly renaming the album Deathanity (R3). FYI - The R3 standing for Rerecord, Remix, and Remaster.
Having subsequently already since brought forth four other highly diverse albums (on ProgRock Records internationally, the independent route via their own label, D2C Studios domestically), Odin's Court have now taken a step back to propel them forward.
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 once again stepped up their game this time.
Deathanity (R3) is an ambitious concept album dealing with the effects mankind's actions are having on the planet. Alternate views are offered through the use of instrumentation, lyrics, sound effects, and various vocal clips. Ambience, dynamics, and soul are combined with complexity, groove, and energy in a song oriented structure, to create a unique, surreal landscape. Each song, dealing with a different theme, is accompanied by a newly created word and definition in the album art.
In closing, Odin's Court may play a mix of metal (hard rock oriented more than death metal) and symphonic prog, but come the end, especially here on this over-one-hour-long new musical investment, well, it's going to be hard to find another band so attune to the world around them - even one back then, of course.
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