Oddland Premieres Video For Acoustic Version Of “Unknown” At PureGrainAudio;
Finnish progressive metal outfit Oddland has issued a newly-filmed video this week, ahead of the band’s European tour with labelmates Wolverine and Until Rain. Oddland’s new video was filmed and edited by Ville Viitanen, for a brand new acoustic version of “Unknown,” which initially appeared in a fully heavy/electric version on their second album, “Origin”, released in September 2016 through Laser’s Edge division Sensory Records. The video sees its public debut through an exclusive at PureGrainAudio. Issues the band on the acoustic version of the song, “We’ve been fiddling around with acoustics every now and then and really fell in love with the idea of making an acoustic version of a song on Origin. ‘Unknown’ seemed the most fitting candidate, and luckily, we were able to book the beautiful medieval castle of our hometown Turku to record this performance. It was really the perfect choice with the haunting ambience and enchantingly echoing stone walls.”
Oddland’s Acoustic video of “Unknown”:
The follow-up to Oddland’s Century Media-released 2012 debut The Treachery Of Senses, Origin was recorded in part by the band and completed at Fantom Studio (Insomnium, Korpiklaani, Oranssi Pazuzu), then mixed and mastered by Daniel Bergstrand (Meshuggah, In Flames, Dimmu Borgir).
In a 9/10 review of Origin, The Prog Mind offers, “Oddland’s long-awaited follow-up is definitely worth the wait. It’s an absolutely masterful example of how heaviness can be used to brilliant effect. Instead of simply chugging along, it invades our senses with brilliant composition, exploratory lyrics, and unadulterated heaviness.” Heavy Blog Is Heavy plugged the album with a 4/5 review which states, “This seems to be a successful mix between dark progressive metal and approaches more often found in ‘brighter’ bands like Textures or Haken. For those who enjoy the tension stemming from those two focal points, there’s a lot to be found here that is moving. The ‘Nordic prog’ scene is still growing, and it’s great that Oddland are pushing the boundaries in their own unique, twisted way.” We Love Metal’s coverage of the album states, “Oddland‘s combination of intensity, melody, and complexity hits the Prog sweet spot. Origin nearly comes across as a seamless work with songs occasionally flowing into one another. What strikes me is the consistency Oddland has in their approach, whether in the crushingly heavy sections or the light passages.”