ODAL – Geistes Unruh, LP
Black vinyl with reverse board printed cover, gold prints and vinyl sized booklet on uncoated, rough paper.
Odal, one of those truly classy black metal acts of the German underground, returns with force and fire to deliver their 4th album in the course of autumn 2016. Originally founded as a side project in 1999 by main man Taaken, over the course of 17 years, 4 full lenghts, splits, EPs and numerous line up changes, Odal managed to defy trends and build their own status as an unrelenting and uncompromising force in underground music.
With a long 8 year wait after their last and esteemed full length, and in the wake of their recent EP "Der Dunkelheit Reiter", this Thuringian trio made sure to feature tracks of epic proportions that will fit with their impressive back catalogue they highlighted with "Wilde Kraft" (2005) and "Zornes Heimat" (2008).
Picking up where they left off, Odal offers a dense six-track ride into grim, emotive black majesty, bound and influenced by raw northern blooded black metal and pagan roots. Refined, yet pure to their core, it comprises some of the most mature material written in the bands existence. Yet again, every step of the way, they musically hover in the same direction as the previous albums. "Geistes Unruh" (spirit's unrest) remains more clear & focused, provided with strong melodies, striking drumming, and an unfaltering voice.