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Albums Of The Week: Vokonis | Odyssey

The Swedish power trio’s fourth album is equal parts sludge-rock and prog-metal.

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Swedish heavy prog-metal-trio Vokonis are here to daze you with their furious sludge-vibe and melodic passages. Drenched in blasting distortion and menace, Vokonis are ready to fully blossom as the progressive beast they’ve held within since 2015. With a style that ranges from heavy riffage, face-melting layers of fuzz, and gritty, howling vocals to utterly clean, dreamlike soundscapes, they aim to completely immerse you in their songwriting and take you on a psychedelic journey.

Dynamically diverse, with more choruses and boasting the addition of guest musician Per Wiberg (Opeth, Spiritual Beggars, Kamchatka) on keyboards, their fourth album Odyssey sets itself apart from everything the band released before. Featuring clear aggressive guitars, rumbling distorted bass, and blasting drums along with mellotron and organs, Odyssey is Vokonis‘ first true prog-record. A record for the new decade.

Equipped with tangible prog influences and stand-out choruses, the six tracks on Odyssey further explore the sound that Vokonis introduced on 2019’s Grasping Time. Jonte’s clean vocal lines are effectively blended with Simon’s aggressive bark, creating tons of depth as the sound shift from dreamy psychedelia to face-melting intensity. The new tracks are backed up by rhythmical patterns provided by new drummer Peter Ottosson who joined in early 2019 and has proved to be a spark plug of inspiration.

Vokonis are always ready to take the next step. Armed with a new dynamic sound and a plan to dominate the heavy underground, they’re coming for your ears. Get ready.”