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Titel / Title Beautiful Violence 
Label Noiseheadrecords 
Web www.odium-metal.de
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The Germans Odium (Vocals: Ralf, Guitar: Rochus, Guitar: Dave, Bass: Beli, Drums: Matze) have beenb around for incredible 20 years. Their 7th studio album (recorded at Noisehead Studios, produced by Mario Jezik) shows right from the start with "Used to Be Me" which direction the musical journey goes - Old-School Thrash, plus a portion of melody and a touch of Power Metal - just the way it should be. Kreator might be a name to be used as reference - and my rating might have been higher when they had just kept going that way. Usually critics complain the lack of variety ... And that Odium had the guts to try something different with A Better Part Of Me, namely cutting the speed, adding Prog, melancholy and Clean Vocals, should be appreciated. Sad fact, however, is that the latter doesn´t quite work as Ralf simply cannot reach the bar he has raised for himself... The song No Limits with its touch of a Powerballad works better because he found the right balance between soft and rough. Otherwise a good album with cool riffs and in-your-face Thrashing which can be recommended to genre fans.

Klaudia Weber

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