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Thursday, May 05, 2011

Odyssey - Shake The Disease (Depeche Mode Cover)

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OK this is my first blog.

It's on the track "Shake The Disease" By Odyssey, on their album "Reinventing The Past", an album of covers (with the exception of the last three tracks, "I Am Two", "I Carry A Secret", And "Amon-Ra", which are originals as far as I'm concerned)

Onto the track. This particular track is a cover of "Shake The Disease" by one of my favorite bands, Depeche Mode. Now, seeing as the original track is light (even by my standards of DM, which consists of Black Celebration,) And Odyssey are a power metal band, they had to beef it up somewhat.

And beef it up they did, in the place of the soft crooning and percussion of the original, we have a haunting wail and heavy guitars. They also put a piano in the place of the synthesizers, which I find make it more atmospheric. The chorus also is beefed up, with ringing power chords, and operatic singing that is commonly found in power metal. The only thing I miss off the original is the soft crooning of the vocalists in DM, but Odyssey seem to make the haunting wails and operatic singing work within the song.

A particular favorite of mine on this track is both the solo (which follows the vocal melody of the verses,) and the build up from the verse to the chorus. These parts show that Odyssey can take a synthpop song, turn it into power metal, and have it still be somewhat accessible. This is a song on par with Dignity's "Arrogance and Rapture," which is in a similar vein.

Overall, I give it a 7/10, only because the transition to the opening wails after the first chorus kind of makes me a bit disoriented, and it sounds a bit like every other power metal band I've heard. But all in all, it's a great song.
I strongly recommend it to fans of power metal, symphonic metal, or metal with operatic singers and minimalistic guitar work.


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