Odradek Room - A Man Of Silt (CD)

progressive doom death / post metal, BadMoodMan Music, BadMoodMan Music
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Odradek Room, a progressive metal band with doom elements returns this autumn with their follow-up to their mature and intelligent debut album “Bardo. Relative Reality.” released in 2013. A four piece located in Mariupol, Ukraine, Odradek Room (named after Franz Kafka"s short story The Cares of a Family Man [1919]) uses doom metal as a base, but explores other musical genres to paint a rich palette of texture and atmosphere. Lyrically rooted in spiritual and philosophical themes, this is music that should appeal to introspective souls and deep thinkers. The "Man of Silt" album explores the nature of personality, and is based on approaches and conceptual understanding of buddhism, but utilizes a system of european symbolism This is a story about an abstract travel of a human from nothingness to nonexistence, during which he tries to see and understand himself. He sees his personality melting and rising, splitting and merging. He sees that his personality is nothing more than a combination of figures like on a chessboard in Herman Hesse"s magic theatre. His personality is conditioned as everything else is in the world of forms. The human sinks in his own scaring, sick illusions and consciousness projections, and sees clear light and clear nature of reality. This story has neither a beginning nor an end, everyone who is born, who considers himself an individual, walks through this cycle...but in a new way each time. Everything is constantly changing...But in some way stays the same. Until one realizes this cycle. “A Man of Silt” will be co-released between Hypnotic Dirge Records and BadMoodMan Music in an edition of 500 copies. The album should appeal to fans of doom metal in general, but also listeners of prog metal bands such as late-Katatonia, mid-Opeth, Ihsahn, and Devin Townsend.

Tracklist:
1 Arising In The Void
2 Selfness
3 Texture Of Reality
4 Mirror Labyrinth
5 Rain Trip
6 Silt Flower
7 Divide
8 Conditional Eternity

Artist:
Odradek Room
Artist Country:
Ukraine
Album Year:
2017
Title:
A Man Of Silt
Style:
progressive doom death / post metal
Format:
CD
Type:
CD Album
Package:
Jewel Case
Label:
BadMoodMan Music
Cat No:
BMM. 081-17
Release Year:
2017
Barcode:
4627080611276
Country Of Manufacture:
Russia
Review
Rock’n’Load
02.11.2017

Named after one of Franz Kafka’s short stories, Odradek Room is an atmospheric and progressive death-doom band with post-rock leanings from Mariupol, Ukraine. Initially formed in 2008 under the name ‘Shards of Silence’, the band changed their name in the beginning of 2010, and their first release appeared on the compilation of Doom-art.ru project.

Over time, the band has developed and refined their sound for their debut album ‘Bardo. Relative Reality.’ Creating dynamic and profound music, rich in tempo and mood variation, Odradek Room has crafted an extremely strong debut which perfectly shows the duality between the aggressive and melancholic sides of death-doom combining slow plodding riffs, soaring emotional melodies, post-rock leanings, and a psychedelic touch to create a rich canvas of sonic majesty.

Their first full-length album, Bardo. Relative Reality. was initially recorded in early 2012 and self-released in digital format. However, it was later decided that the album would be re-recorded to fix up a few issues in the recordings, and that process is now complete. The upcoming album, based on the ideas of the Tibetan Book of the Dead and surreal images of the subliminal consciousness was released on Hypnotic Dirge Records in March 2013.

Author: #Flashartmark
Review
The Burning Beard
14.10.2017

Coming to us from Ukraine, the group of Odradek Room have readied their sophomore album, and A Man of Silt shows the band delving into a compelling mixture of prog, doom, post-rock, and sludge, with a variety of ways to blend those styles flowing out of every track. Flexing their musical muscles in a range covering slow and melodic introspection up through snarling, dissonant rage, OR continually shift from one blend to the next without making the changes feel anything but natural. The number of instruments they put to use is just as impressive, and like the styles, they’re brought together in such an organic way that their diversity can fly right past the ears. The vocals aren’t quite as fluid with their changes, both both clean and dirty singing is put to solid effect, with enough time spent in instrumental passages to help smooth their presence.
It’s an impressive and ambitious album, and as a sophomore release, all the more staggering for the range OR are able to pull off with few hitches, with a level of depth that issues a siren’s call for listeners to return to it again and again. Give it a go if you’ve been in want of expansive, experimental, and extremely good metal.

Author: Gabriel
Review
Breathing the Core

Named after one of Franz Kafka’s short stories, Odradek Room is an atmospheric and progressive death-doom band with post-rock leanings from Mariupol, Ukraine. Initially formed in 2008 under the name ‘Shards of Silence’, the band changed their name in the beginning of 2010, and their first release appeared on the compilation of Doom-art.ru project.

Over time, the band has developed and refined their sound for their debut album ‘Bardo. Relative Reality.’ Creating dynamic and profound music, rich in tempo and mood variation, Odradek Room has crafted an extremely strong debut which perfectly shows the duality between the aggressive and melancholic sides of death-doom combining slow plodding riffs, soaring emotional melodies, post-rock leanings, and a psychedelic touch to create a rich canvas of sonic majesty.

Their first full-length album, Bardo. Relative Reality. was initially recorded in early 2012 and self-released in digital format. However, it was later decided that the album would be re-recorded to fix up a few issues in the recordings, and that process is now complete. The upcoming album, based on the ideas of the Tibetan Book of the Dead and surreal images of the subliminal consciousness was released on Hypnotic Dirge Records in March 2013.

Author: Screamer
Review
All Around Metal
4/5
11.10.2017

Uscito da circa un mesetto, il nuovo album degli americani Mesmur si preannuncia un lavoro prettamente di nicchia e poco incline all’essere commerciale. La recente opera del quartetto, denominata S, è totalmente dedita al funeral doom metal che però nasconde negli oscuri meandri del proprio sound delle piccole sorprese che rendono più dinamica la musica proposta. Pur essendo composto da quattro lunghissime tracce, l’ascolto del disco scorre in maniera fluida senza cedere troppo alla noia.

L’inizio con “Singularity” mette fin da subito le cose in chiaro su cosa si andrà ad ascoltare. Ritmi lentissimi e sfibranti con note dilatate fino allo sfinimento in una sorta di mood cosmico/spaziale caratterizzato da cori apocalittici in sottofondo, growl vocals lontane come fossero un eco, tastiere lugubri e disturbanti, arpeggi melodici cupissimi (mai invasivi e perfettamente inseriti nel contesto) e per finire viene inserito pure in intermezzo psichedelico e sognante. Durante l’ascolto saltano all’orecchio bands come Neurosis (per le atmosfere apocalittiche) ed Esoteric ma già dalla seconda traccia “Exile” le cose cambiano con un andamento più placido dal tocco quasi anni 70’ con tastiere (molto vintage che profumano di film di fantascienza del passato) e chitarre morbide e molto improntate alla melodia, stemperata in parte dal growl maligno. Strumentalmente tutto è minimalista e poco incline all’esplosione o al mettersi in mostra, piuttosto ogni strumento funge a dipingere paesaggi nerissimi ed oscuri come in “Distension”, allucinato viaggio dalle tinte elettroniche con un’aura simil sinfonica contornata dal ritorno delle tastiere sempre più occulte e tetre. Viene espresso quasi un concetto di viaggio descritto mediante la musica che si conclude con la titletrack “S”, una traccia strumentale fatta di echi, rumori, soffocante, visionaria e psichedelica con l’immissione di partiture ambient e di elettronica.

Sicuramente un ascolto difficile e votato unicamente o quasi agli appassionati di doom metal, eppure consigliamo a tutti di concedere al disco una possibilità. La musica dei Mesmur pur essendo massiccia ed impenetrabile, contiene dei piccoli spiragli di luce che potrebbero attirare una differente schiera di appassionati. Consigliato!!!

Author: ENZO PRENOTTO
Review
MoshPitNation
4/5

So to begin with, what precisely is an Odradek, and why should it require its own room. The answer is as complicated as this album. Apparently it can be lots of things, first appearing in a short story entitled “The Cares of A Family Man” by author Franz Kafka somewhere between 1914 to 1917. Many different meanings can be can be taken from the word.

The tale itself is creepy enough. To surmise, an object that has will, but has become somewhat less of itself. A harmless enough critter, but one that refuses to be examined at close range, so you can’t quite get a grasp of what it actually is. It will move, which considering it is supposed to be almost like a star shaped spool that once may have held some thread, seems almost impossible, implausible even.

And yet it does. Sometimes appearing in the strangest of places, sometimes being quite the conversationalist if you so choose to speak to it, other times not so. It seems to not care. It is the thing inside your head. Although apparently harmless, does it exist? We will leave that to the minds of others, because it is almost nonsensical, is it not?

This album is as baffling as its description. That is the only way I can describe it. An object that has will, more timid than outright fierce. More shapeless than a form, but it is something to behold. When you get a glimpse of its form, it will amaze you. If you are not paying attention it will remind you that it exists, and rightly so. After all it’s harmless right?

‘A Man of Silt’ is exceptional. The strangest thing you will hear for a long time. If you are prepared to admit it exists, the next question is what form does it present itself to you as.

I found that it did indeed speak to me at times and is as heavy as the idea that something is haunting you one moment, as benign as when you realise that you can co-exist.

I do not classify this as Death or Doom or anything else. This IS the Odradek. Who really knows what it is….
Review
Power Metal.de
9.5/10
12.03.2018

Melancholischer Prog Metal der Extraklasse

Man hat schon fantastische Symbiosen aus Melancholie, vertracktem Prog Metal und sphärischen Post-Rock-Sounds gehört. Nicht zuletzt Bands wie PAIN OF SALVATION und OPETH haben einer jüngeren Musikergeneration in den vergangenen Jahren Tür und Tor geöffnet und sich an die Spitze einer Bewegung gesetzt, dessen unmittelbarer Einfluss so viel neue Kreativität geweckt hat, dass man schon kaum mehr die Übersicht über all die vielversprechendes Acts haben kann, die in letzter Zeit mit überwältigenden Releases für Furore gesorgt haben. Eine Gruppe, die man in dieser Aufzählung künftig auch nicht mehr vergessen darf, sind die Ukrainer von ODRADEK ROOM, die mit ihrem aktuellen Silberling fast schon das Höchstmaß an kompositorischer Genialität erreichen. “A Man Of Silt” ist verträumter Post Metal mit vielen progressiven Twists, einer Reihe stilfremder Elemente und trippigen, maanchmal beinahe schon psychedelischen Momenten, die bis zu den experimentellsten Gedanken eines Steven Wilson reichen, dessen musikalisches Ausnahmetalent auch an diesen Osteuropäern nicht spurlos vorübergegangen ist.

Dabei ist ODRADEK ROOM zunächst mal eine dieser typischen Prophecy-Bands und könnten eigentlich blind dem hiesigen Label für bewegende Düstersounds zugeschrieben werden. Doch die Ukrainer agieren noch im tiefsten Underground, müssen sich erst noch etablieren, sind mit den acht neuen Stücken aber auf bestem Wege, die Szene in einem Gewaltaktzu überrollen, und sei es nur mit den vielfältigen Emotionen, die sich in den aktuellen Kompositionen verbergen. Vieles wirkt dabei frei improvisiert, vor allem die ausdauernden Instrumentalpassagen, in die das Album eingebettet wurde. Und dennoch verfolgt die Band einen klar ausbalancierten Masterplan, der sich an einem wiederkehrenden Kontrastprogramm aus experimentellen und eindringlich-melodischen Augenblicken entlanghangelt, dabei auf vertrackte, nicht sofort durchschaubare Arrangements baut, zuletzt aber doch die größte Kraft aus diesen bewegenden, OPETH-affinen Melancho-Momenten zieht, die “A Man Of Silt” weitestgehend beherrschen.

Dieses Album ist ein weitreichendes, meist düsteres Abenteuer, das mit jedem weiteren Durchgang noch mehr von seiner schwer zu greifenden Schönheit offenbart. Und ODRADEK ROOM ist letztlich nur ein weiteres Beispiel dafür, dass die Szene in der Ukraine explosionsartig an Bedeutung gewonnen und im europäischen Osten langsam aber sicher die Vormachtstellung erkämpft hat. Ein fantastisches Album wie dieses hat hieran maßgeblichen Anteil!

Author: Björn Backes
Review
Stormbringer.at

Gerade post-metallische, progressive und doom-metallige Klänge versetzen den Hörer mitunter an Orte, die völlig frei von Raum und Zeit sind. Welten nur aus Abstrakta: ein Schweben in Gefühlen. Die ukrainischen Kafka-Fans ODRADEK ROOM treffen genau in dieses Feld, mahlen zusätzlich ordentlich mit der Melodien-Mühle und salzen mit etwas Death Metal. Je entrückter, ambientiger und atmosphärischer der Klang von „A Man Of Silt“ und je zurückhaltender die verschiedenen Gesangsstile, desto beeindruckender ist das Album. Für das gänzlich meditative Forttreiben agiert es jedoch zu progressiv und besitzt zu spontane Brüche und zu aggressive Death-Vocals, aber auch das hat seinen Reiz.

Author: Jazz
Review
Dutch Metal Maniac
17.01.2018

Since 2010, guitarist Ilya Zernitsky, bassist/keyboardist Sergey Kuznetsov, drummer Roman Borovikov and Artyom Krikhtenko, who takes care of vocals, guitars, keyboards and samples, make music together under the moniker of Odradek Room. Odradek Room’s musical style is kind of progressive death/doom metal, but they regularly cross those boundaries. In 2013 they released their promising debut album, called Bardo. Relative Reality. Since October 12th it got a successor. It is named A Man Of Silt and is released as a co-release between Hypnotic Dirge Records and BadMoonMan Music.

So, close your eyes and let the relaxing, dreamy intro Arising In The Void lead you to the world of Odradek Room. A Man Of Silt truly is a great journey through a dreamy, atmospheric world. The basis of A Man Of Silt are atmospheric, often even epic soundscapes. Of course the drums, bass and guitars are regularly present, with Roman Borovikov’s drumming skills standing out the most. Sometimes Artyom Krikhtenko’s vocals are added, which are phenomenal no matter what style. Whether he grunts, screams or sings with clean vocals, in for example the beautiful Texture Of Reality, Artyom Krikhtenko can do everything with his voice!

While Odradek Room’s music is dreamy, it for sure isn’t boring. Variation is very important on A Man Of Silt, with the tempo- and rhythm-changes being present. A perfect example of this, is the earlier mentioned Texture Of Reality. It has a slow, acoustic start followed by a hellish scream and a very nice guitarsolo before going back to rest again. For Odradek Room, crossing boundaries isn’t a problem. They let us hear influences from for example, prog-, doom- and post-metal, but the start of Mirror Labyrinth sounds even a bit atmospheric black metal-like. Another track which is really standing out on A Man Of Silt is the beautiful Rain Trip. Beautiful female vocals can be heard and the addition of a sax, a unique and unusual instrument in metal, is a real plus. After Divide, which is the heaviest and longest track on A Man of Silt, it is time for the relaxing, hypnotic outro Conditional Eternity. When this outro has ended you are finally aware about how fast the past 50 minutes flew by and you probably want to enter Odradek Room’s world again immediately. What an album!

A Man Of Silt is not only a great album, but it is a whole experience on itself. Odradek Room delivers a phenomenal album, very recommended for sure.

Author: Tim van Velthuysen
Review
Iye Zine
8.4/10
15.11.2017

Quello degli ucraini Odradek Room non è il tipico death doom che ci si attenderebbe quando viene accompagnato dal marchio Solitude, questa volta tramite la sublabel BadMoodMan e in associazione con la canadese Hypnotic Dirge.

Non che l’etichetta russa sia solita proporre il genere nelle sue vesti più scontate, anzi, ma diciamo che nella maggior parte dei casi le band che fanno parte del suo roster offrono un doom dalla preponderante componente emotiva.
Il quartetto di Mariupol, invece, con questo A Man Of Silt prosegue il discorso iniziato quattro anni or sono con l’esordio intitolato Bardo. Relative Reality, immettendo nel genere un’ampia dose di post metal e di pulsioni progressive.
Ne deriva pertanto un album che necessita d’essere lavorato con una certa pazienza per coglierne l’indubbio valore, visto che qui non troviamo quelle aperture melodico/atmosferiche capaci di colpire al cuore con immediatezza, ma piuttosto un approccio obliquo e molto tecnico che, ad un primo approccio, fatica appunto non poco a lasciare delle tracce.
Del resto, anche concettualmente il death doom degli Odradek Room si pone in maniera anticonvenzionale, fornendo in tal senso un indizio decisivo fin dal monicker che si ispira al personaggio di un racconto di Kafka, e a A Man Of Silt si rivela così un’efficace quanto complessa elaborazione del genere, restituendolo nelle sue vesti più rarefatte e liquide.
La complessità dell’ascolto è testimoniata dal fatto che il primo abbozzo di chorus memorizzabile arriva nella bellissima quarta traccia Mirror, ma già nella successiva Rain Trip i riferimenti jazzistici offerti dai fiati ammantano il brano di un’aura crimsoniana rafforzata da un lavoro chitarristico di grande pregio, mentre Silt Flower prosegue nell’opera di decostruzione del genere così come siamo abituati ad incrociarlo.
Nel complesso l’intero album è contraddistinto da una naturale eleganza, oltre ad un invidiabile equilibrio compositivo che conferma gli Odradek Room come l’ennesima grande band doom proveniente dalle fredde lande dell’est europeo, con soprattutto la scena ucraina in primissimo piano (e ne è eloquente dimostrazione l’importanza che ha assunto un evento magnifico come il Doom Over Kiev, alla cui ultima edizione i nostri hanno ovviamente preso parte).
Non resta che fare i più sentiti complimenti a questi ragazzi, invitando gli appassionati di death doom dal palato più fine a fare proprio A Man Of Silt.

Author: STEFANO CAVANNA
Review
Rozsdagyar
9/10
05.11.2017

Mariupol neve ismerősen csenghet mindenki számára, aki nyomon követte az elmúlt három-négy év nemzetközi történéseit: a stratégiai fontosságú, tengerparti várost az Ukrajnától elszakadni vágyó és azért fegyverrel küzdő szakadár Donyecki Népköztársaság 2014-ben és 2015-ben többször is megtámadta, illetve ágyúzta, és a harcok számtalan civil áldozatot követeltek. A félmilliós közigazgatási központ nehézipari fellegvár és fontos kikötő is egyben, ráadásul igencsak közel fekszik az orosz határhoz, így napjainkban az egyig legfeszültebb légkörrel rendelkező ukrán nagyvárossá vált. Innen származik az Odradek Room nevű progresszív death/doom csapat, melynek második soralbuma október 12-én jelent meg a Solitude Productions gondozásában “A Man Of Silt” címmel.

A progresszív death/doom igencsak szűk és korlátozó jelző az ukrán banda esetében: death metal hatások csak elvétve, néhány bedurvulás alkalmával, illetve a sporadikusan jelentkező hörgős ének esetében vannak jelen, a doom pedig mindenekelőtt az atmoszférát illetően juthat az eszünkbe. A progresszív azonban mindenképpen illik az Odradek Room produkciójára: elképesztő mennyiségű zenei ötlet és találékony hangszerelési megoldás található a korongon, gyakorlatilag annyi, hogy más zenekarok több lemezen szétosztva meg tudnának élni belőle.

Az együttes neve Franz Kafka egyik novellájából (Egy családapa gondja) származik. Az egyoldalas novella egy ODRADEK nevű, rovarszerű, behatárolhatatlan eredetű és létállapotú apró élőlényről szól, amely szemmel láthatóan halhatatlan, életének azonban nincs célja, tulajdonképpen olyan, mint egy kő vagy egy darab fa. Jön-megy a prágai házak között, lépcsőfordulókban, kapualjakban lehet megpillantani, hallani nevetését, mely a száraz avar megzörrenésére emlékeztet. Az elbeszélő, a családapa maga azon kesereg, hogy az ember halandó, ODRADEK azonban valószínűleg nem, így a lény túl fogja őt élni:

Hasztalan kérdem magamtól, mi történik majd vele. Meg tud-e vajon halni? Minden, ami halandó, előbb valamilyen céllal rendelkezik, folytatott valamiféle tevékenységet, és abban őrlődött fel; ez azonban ODRADEK esetében nem bizonyul igaznak. Tehát még a gyerekeim és az unokáim lába előtt is le fog zötyögni, maga mögött húzott cérnaszálaival a lépcsőn? Nyilvánvalóan nem árt senkinek; de ha elképzelem, hogy még engem is túl fog élni, ez szinte fájdalmasan érint.

Gáli József fordítása. Franz Kafka: Az átváltozás (Elbeszélések). Budapest, 1982. Európa Könyvkiadó.

Kiváló a névválasztás, hiszen az ukrán banda szövegvilága egzisztencialista, lételméleti problémákkal foglalkozik: a személyiség állandóságával vagy éppen felbomlásával, az üresség, a nemlét kérdéseivel, melyhez tökéletesen passzol ez az elborult, de korántsem befogadhatatlanul életidegen zene. Mindezt megkönnyíti a kifejezetten sokrétű hangszerelés: zongorás betétek, oboa- és szaxofonszólók is találhatóak itt, csakúgy, mint gyönyörű és tiszta női ének.

A Texture Of Reality vagy éppen Silt Flower című számok akár egy ereje teljében levő Anathema albumára is felférhetnének, de mivel a brit csapat már legalább másfél évtizede elveszett a kontrollálhatatlan Pink Floyd-rajongás és a felemelt fejjel hirdetett, korlátlan művészi önkifejezés különösen alattomos útvesztőjében, ilyet bizony ők már nem tudnának megírni: szerencsénkre azonban az ukránok jócskán túljutottak az Anathema által bejárt úton. Van itt komolyabb post-metal is a Mirror Labyrinth vagy a Divide című dalokban is, illetve a lemez legérdekesebb és legérdekesebb dalában (Rain Trip) a szaxofon olyan érzelmi, hangulati csúcspontig vezeti a hallgatót, melytől azonnal kiveri a libabőr.

Az album atmoszférája elég szomorú, néha már-már klausztrofóbiásan nyomasztó, de tele van csodálatos dallamokkal, ötletekkel, váltásokkal: a keményvonalas metalrajongók számára minden bizonnyal túlságosan szerteágazó és elmélkedő lemez az “A Man Of Silt”, azonban a progresszív metal nyitott lelkű és fülű kedvelőinek hatalmas meglepetés lesz az ukránok albuma. Az ötvenperces korong – nem túlzás – minden egyes tétele rengeteg felfedeznivalót rejt, egyben pedig hosszú hetekre programot nyújt: türelemmel kell azonban hozzá közelíteni, mert nem adja meg könnyen magát.

Author: Kovenant
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