Twilight Odyssey - The Sorcerer Sessions Vol. 1 - reviewed by: Agent of Steel
Track Listing1. The Endless Days of a Stranger 2. Into the Lair 3. Onward to the Games
In the days of what seems to be more endless-generic Power Metal bands than you could swing an axe at, it’s good to see that there are still bands that pick a Heavy Metal genre and still keep it fresh and original sounding. Enter Twilight Odyssey.
Hailing from New York, this is Prog/Power Metal that Maiden/Rush/Fates Warning fans dream about. Technical in spots, yet still keeping the songs catchy enough to be enjoyable. If you aren’t hooked on this first 5 seconds of "The Endless Days of a Stranger" then I suggest you pack up your Six Feet Under albums and find the nearest cave to live out the rest of your pathetic excuse for a life.
Twilight Odyssey are Power/Prog done exactly right! Consisting of fast power/speed drumming, catchy guitar riffs in the vein of Iron Maiden, sing-along chorus' with gang vocals in all the right places, interesting bass fills, technical guitar solos (that could either be considered lead guitar wizardy or wanking by some folks), synth-guitar, and VERY powerful female vocals (something very rare in Heavy Metal nowadays).
My only complaint is the production. I know this is just a demo but I’m not a huge fan of using drum machines and the mix could be a bit better. Good example is in "Into the Lair" near the end with the keyboard overdubs. That would sound so much powerful with a good studio production and wouldn’t come off as "weak" sounding. Nonetheless, Twilight Odyssey shows much promise! I would love to hear them get a full-length proffessionally produced album released.
Fans from Manowar, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest to Dream Theatre, Fates Warning, and Watchtower should all be able to enjoy Twilight Odyssey. Technical yet very catchy, and VERY METAL! --Agent of Steel 2.20.03
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