Mastodon's Blood Mountain meets Elder meets sweet and tasty Opeth synths? Yep! Vokonis create a very colorful and juicy blend all their own, reflecting the cover art. Rhythmically interesting, melodically engaging, unexpected psychedelic twists and turns, you really get the whole package. Well done!
Favorite track: Through the Depths.
"It shows that the arc of growth Vokonis enacted even from their earliest demo work had not yet peaked even on Grasping Time, and that on performance and songwriting levels, their will is to keep pushing themselves forward. May they continue to do so for the duration, because as Odyssey readily proves, they’re only more able to create something special for each prior outing."
Angry Metal Guy
"Tempo changes allow the band to intersperse contemplative, slower moments with hard-hitting riff-centric driving passages. This is highly effective on closing numbers “Hollow Waters” and “Through the Depths,” which add up to nearly twenty-one minutes of heavy progressive rock that is catchier than it has any right to be. These songs have a hint of melancholy about them at times, but the arrangements are such that we are drawn into each song as if under a spell."
Metal Hammer PT
"Solidly, “Odyssey” is an effective dichotomy between psychedelicism that explores dreams and the weight of the most tense metal, always with passages blessed by meditative melodies around every corner."
"Opeth are called to mind, but the two very different vocal styles, plus some stellar instrumental passages, where the band really get to imprint their new sound, means that Odyssey really does see the band forging their own identity."
"I can’t tell whether Vokonis is a more prog version of Mastodon or a sludgier version of Elder, but it doesn’t really matter in the end. I think knowing that someone wants to make this kind of comparison should tell you enough."
"If there is to be any single act to stride that line from one album to the next then I feel there’s little argument to make that Vokonis have a right to make a claim for that very throne of greatness."
"‘Odyssey’ is the sound of what Mastodon used to sound like when they were the darlings of the progressive metal world as shorter tracks such as ‘Azure’ meld perfectly well with the more elongated runs of ‘Through the Depths’ and the title track."
"Vokonis seem quite at ease with crafting music that effortlessly moves between catchy instant appeal and deeper substance and emotion. Of course, these component parts are frequently entwined as one, to great effect."
Vokonis fourth album, "Odyssey", continues to expand on the progressive themes of "Grasping Time". Featuring Per Wiberg (Spiritual Beggars, ex-Opeth) on keyboards, organ and mellotron Vokonis goes to new heights with expansive soundscapes.
released May 7, 2021
Simona Ohlsson - Vocals and Guitars
Jonte Johansson - Vocals and Bass
Peter Ottosson - Drums and Percussion
Per Wiberg - Keyboards
Recorded 2019 and 2020 in Studio Soundport, produced and mixed by Mikael Andersson. Mastered by Magnus Lindberg.
Oh man this record is so so good and I love this band to death! I first stumbled across Gentle Clovis a month or two ago and that was my intro to the band. That chorus! Goosebumps, smiling ear to ear, I was in love instantly. Gave the rest of the album a listen and decided I needed to deep dive the rest of their discography and I am SO glad that I did. If you haven’t heard this band/record, what are you waiting for?! This is the stuff right here! Anthony Rizzo