ODRAZA – Esperalem Tkane
If I had to describe the music spawned by the Polish black metal filth entitled Odraza, I would probably go with something akin to raw and unpolished sound toppled with a lot of somewhat simple and groovy riffs. For some reason Odraza reminds me of the mighty Marduk in places. The vocals are well-done and varied, and the vocalist, Stawrogin, actually sounds like he means business in a suitably nasty way from time to time. The songs themselves vary in quality and intensity. Some of the songs are pretty good and catchy, but the rest of the album is slightly uneven and uninteresting at times, which is a shame. I do like songs such as "Niech sie Dzieje", "Gorycz" and the awesome "Próg", but the rest don’t move me an awful lot. There are some good arrangements and a lot of good ideas in places, and "Esperalem Tkane" is a solid and coherent debut album in a lot of ways, but I am not totally blown away. However, the band definitely has potential, so it will be interesting to hear and see what its members will come up with next.