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Octanic - Industry (CD)

by Yiannis Dafopoulos at 11 June 2009, 7:53 PM

The very first thing someone will notice on this release is the effort the band has made to amaze the buyer before he even listens to the CD. Just imagine a jewel case that contains two CD's and a pick with the band's logo. And all self financed. Not even high class bands do something like that. Having already a positive opinion on Industry I moved on and listened to the release.

The Australian act kind of disappointed me here. First of all, let me mention that this is an EP, not an album, and it was released in 2008. So, Industry comes with two CD's, the first one being the EP and the second one being the EP in 5.1 surround mix. Clever and attracting move, but to complete such a move you need strong sound and really good music. In my opinion, OCTANIC lack both…

The band claims to play Industrial Metal with Thrash and Swedish Death Metal influences. In such music, the sound needs to be extra heavy, something that doesn't happen here. I could say that the production could be characterized as a good demo's one. But the fact is that, OCTANIC don't even exactly play this kind of music. Their sound varies from Heavy Metal tunes with modern keyboards (Master) to even folk tunes (if you listen to the melodies in Unmaker you'll understand). The vocals need some more work and I think that the band needs to work a bit more on finding a more personal sound.

If OCTANIC work on their sound and present more solid ideas, I think they could do something, but Industry doesn't work for me. Check them out and listen to samples at their Myspace page. Who knows, some of you may like them.

2 Star Rating

The Calling
Carry Me Home
The Magician
Nightmare's Charm
I… Pariah
Jay Shepherdson - Vocals
Daniel Cederblad - Guitar
Stephen Wardle - Guitar, Backing Vocals
Dan Flueren - Bass, Backing Vocals
Dean Cullinan - Drums
Andrew Baillie - Keyboards
Record Label: Private Release


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