Odeum - _The Pleiadean Diaries_
by: Pedro Azevedo (4 out of 5)
Listening to these two new songs from Odeum for the first time, just about five seconds into the first track I was already nodding my head to its opening riff, which reminded me somewhat of some of Dismember's more fast-paced songs on _Death Metal_ (like the brilliant "Misanthropic", for example, even though of course not -that- good). Odeum, formerly known as Odium (I assume they changed their name because of Nocturnal Art Productions' Odium, but I'm guessing), again prove with these two new songs that they are a skilled Swedish death metal band. In fact, the two new songs flew by so quickly the first time I listened to them that I actually turned to side B, found their previous demo _Factor of Tantrum_ [CoC #30] recorded there and ended up listening to it as well, which I hadn't ever since I reviewed it several months ago (not because it wasn't worth it, though). The reason why both demos were there is that these two new songs come as a bonus with the purchase of the original demo for $5 (or maybe it's the old demo that comes with the new songs, whatever). This may not be anything groundbreaking or breathtaking, but it's definitely some quite enjoyable Swedish death metal. I hope that the next time Chrille sends me new Odeum material it'll be recorded on CD and have professional production and a label releasing it, for while Odeum may not be one of the very best Swedish bands around (the competition is huge anyway), they're certainly not any worse than a lot of what's being released, either.

Contact: Chrille Ludvigsson, Vattugatan 15b,

(article published 19/5/1999)

5/19/1999 P Azevedo Odeum: The Swedish Invasion Continues
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