Odium - Burning The Bridges To Nowhere

'Burning The Bridges To Nowhere' is the third effort from Modern Metal group Odium. Following their solid three year progress still with each release, this sophomore full length further enhances what the band did on their debut and shapes an excellent album that will be enjoyed by Metal fans in general. Blending Melodic Death Metal, Metalcore, and Melodic Metal together, listeners will hear traces of Bleed The Sky, Killswitch Engage, and even Five Finger Death Punch throughout the album. Right from the opening title track one knows exactly what they're getting: hard hitting riffs with great rhythm, solid production so everything can be heard, and a dual assault of bellowing snarls with dark and brooding clean vocals that can send shivers down one's spine. Of course, on the other hand, the first track pretty much sums up what most of the album is about as well. While Odium love their formula- and the fans probably love it too- many tracks take to heart the entire 'harsh verse/ clean chorus' style over and over which may wear on those who have heard such in the genre for so long that they perhaps wished to hear something a little more varied.

Fortunately, Odium try their best to mix up their openings to songs and musical structure so despite a similar vocal pattern, listeners can still feel like they're getting something new with each track. There are Soilwork influences present with the jarring sharp chugs and sudden seamless blends of melody on a track like "Insomnia." "Identity Of The Doomed" follow a bit of All That Remains with thick Metalcore soaked churning rhythms and bursts of drumming, and "Viral Channel" switches the vocal roles up a bit by placing the clean vocals to open first, making it sound incredibly mainstream and something that could easily be heard on local radio stations during prime-time hours. As popular as this song may be, some may also argue it is the most generic for its stretch at popularity. But perhaps the biggest surprise is the closing "The Descent" which trades the angry, aggressive sound for a soft, almost classical sounding Rock ballad. Here fans get to see the more emotional side that was probably buried in all the screaming, and for new fans it may feel out of place, but one cannot argue that this is the 'hardest hitting track' on the album, as it aims right for the heart. Whether one likes Metal or Rock in general, there's a bit of something here for everyone, as with the entire release of 'Burning The Bridges To Nowhere.'


  1. Burning The Bridge To Nowhere
  2. Within The Distraction
  3. Blue Channel
  4. Viral By Nature
  5. Insomnia
  6. A Ghost Upstairs
  7. Claw My Eyes Out
  8. Identity Of The Doomed
  9. No Way Out
  10. The Descent