"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."
"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
Simon 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.
Riffladen and multilayered to the extreme. The sort of album where you are drifting on surprisingly ethereal melodies one minute and head thumping, brain smushing riffs the next. Strong vocals and varied songs round out this gooey slug of a glorious album. Mercy Ryan
When I realized this record was one year old, I remembered how this album got me through the COVID-19 pandemic last summer. I work in a state park in Massachusetts and we saw record visitation. It was a tough time and I just kept this record on blast! And for that reason I bought it on vinyl so thank you Elder!!! I hope for many more years of good music. dad-metal.monster
I have no problem with long songs but they can be a problem when the song doesn’t progress or gets repetitive, happy to say this song doesn’t fall into this complaint. Although I’m not a really big metal head, i do appreciate a good metal album. I love the solos and those dive bombs are amazing. Stopped listening to metal for a while because everything seems to gets muddled and sounded the same, this song has brought me back and excited to keep on the look out for more. vikhart_lizard