Review from Dutch Metal Maniac

January 17, 2018
From: Dutch Metal Maniac
Published: January 17, 2018

Since 2010, guitarist Ilya Zernitsky, bassist/keyboardist Sergey Kuznetsov, drummer Roman Borovikov and Artyom Krikhtenko, who takes care of vocals, guitars, keyboards and samples, make music together under the moniker of Odradek Room. Odradek Room's musical style is kind of progressive death/doom metal, but they regularly cross those boundaries. In 2013 they released their promising debut album, called Bardo. Relative Reality. Since October 12th it got a successor. It is named A Man Of Silt and is released as a co-release between Hypnotic Dirge Records and BadMoonMan Music. 

So, close your eyes and let the relaxing, dreamy intro Arising In The Void lead you to the world of Odradek Room. A Man Of Silt truly is a great journey through a dreamy, atmospheric world. The basis of A Man Of Silt are atmospheric, often even epic soundscapes. Of course the drums, bass and guitars are regularly present, with Roman Borovikov's drumming skills standing out the most. Sometimes Artyom Krikhtenko's vocals are added, which are phenomenal no matter what style. Whether he grunts, screams or sings with clean vocals, in for example the beautiful Texture Of Reality, Artyom Krikhtenko can do everything with his voice! 

While Odradek Room's music is dreamy, it for sure isn't boring. Variation is very important on A Man Of Silt, with the tempo- and rhythm-changes being present. A perfect example of this, is the earlier mentioned Texture Of Reality. It has a slow, acoustic start followed by a hellish scream and a very nice guitarsolo before going back to rest again. For Odradek Room, crossing boundaries isn't a problem. They let us hear influences from for example, prog-, doom- and post-metal, but the start of Mirror Labyrinth sounds even a bit atmospheric black metal-like. Another track which is really standing out on A Man Of Silt is the beautiful Rain Trip. Beautiful female vocals can be heard and the addition of a sax, a unique and unusual instrument in metal, is a real plus. After Divide, which is the heaviest and longest track on A Man of Silt, it is time for the relaxing, hypnotic outro Conditional Eternity. When this outro has ended you are finally aware about how fast the past 50 minutes flew by and you probably want to enter Odradek Room's world again immediately. What an album! 

A Man Of Silt is not only a great album, but it is a whole experience on itself. Odradek Room delivers a phenomenal album, very recommended for sure. 

Reviewed by: Tim van Velthuysen

 

Review from Dead Rheteric

December 29, 2017
From: Dead Rheteric
Published: December 28, 2017

When it comes to doom metal that’s sitting along the Hypnotic Dirge lines, it’s usually safe to assume that it’s not going to walk down the beaten path. Odradek Room settles in nicely with this idea, usually doom metal as simply a propellant to veer into more progressive, atmospheric, and haunting waters. Clearly, there’s much to take in with A Man of Silt, and the absorption process may require a few listens.

While doom and g...

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Review from Metal Temple

December 13, 2017
From: Metal Temple
Published: December 11, 2017

Progressive Melodic Death/Doom quartet ODRADEK ROOM formed in the Ukraine in 2010, from the ashes of the band SHARDES OF SILENCE. The band takes their moniker from a short story by author Franz Kafka. They released their debut full-length in 2013, titled “Bardo. Relative Reality,” and return now in 2017 with eight new tracks under the album title “A Man of Silt.”

“Arising in the Void” is a short instrumental opener. I hear ...

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Review from Infernal Masquerade Webzine

November 9, 2017
From: Infernal Masquerade Webzine
Published: November 8, 2017

With a keen eye for unique and boundary pushing release, today we have the latest Hypnotic Dirge Records release with Odradek Room’s sophomore album “A Man of Silt”. Unleashing over 50 minutes of superbly crafted Progressive Death/Doom Metal, this band merges influences from bands like Anathema and Opeth with lush instrumentations and a very somber mood. If you like complex music with high replay value, this is cer...

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Review from The Metal Observer

October 19, 2017
From: The Metal Observer
Published: October 18, 2017

Ukraine’s Odradek Room formed in 2008 as Shards Of Silence, changing their name in 2010. Their mysteriously-named debut album, Bardo. Relative Reality, was released in 2013 to some critical acclaim and four years later they follow it with the limited edition A Man Of Silt.
 
The band are apparently named after Franz Kafka’s short story The Cares of a Family Man about a creature called Odradek, the meaning of which seems to have...

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Review from The Burning Beard

October 17, 2017
From: The Burning Beard
Published: October 15, 2017

Coming to us from Ukraine, the group of Odradek Room have readied their sophomore album, and A Man of Silt shows the band delving into a compelling mixture of prog, doom, post-rock, and sludge, with a variety of ways to blend those styles flowing out of every track. Flexing their musical muscles in a range covering slow and melodic introspection up through snarling, dissonant rage, OR continually shift from one blend to the next w...

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Review from Doom-Metal.com

October 17, 2017
From: Doom-Metal.com
Published: October 12, 2017

This sophomore from Odradek Room has been a long time coming, given that the debut was actually first self-released in 2012. Hearing it for the first time, I'm not altogether surprised. It's a complicated beast - as expected, if you're familiar with 'Bardo. Relative Reality'. Once again informed by the Buddhist and literary concepts that inspire band founder Artyom Krikhtenko, 'A Man Of Silt' focuses on the cycle of human life, and t...

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Review from Mosh Pit Nation

October 13, 2017
From: Mosh Pit Nation
Published: October 12, 2017

So to begin with, what precisely is an Odradek, and why should it require its own room. The answer is as complicated as this album. Apparently it can be lots of things, first appearing in a short story entitled “The Cares of A Family Man” by author Franz Kafka somewhere between 1914 to 1917. Many different meanings can be can be taken from the word.
 
The tale itself is creepy enough. To surmise, an object that has will, but has b...

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Review from Rtmb Music

October 13, 2017
From: Rtmb Music
Published: October 9, 2017

A Man Of Silt resulta un trabajo complicado dado los ingredientes inmersos en él, dicho coloquialmente, trae de todo y explota muy bien esos elementos, con canciones que se sienten estructuradas y pensadas para explotar los sentimientos. En este tipo de géneros resulta difícil analizar dado el cúmulo de facetas que poseen trabajos como este, escucharlo se vuelve un compromiso, requiere de disposición y paciencia dado que uno se puede...

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Review from Gbhbl Reviews

October 9, 2017
From: Gbhbl Reviews
Published: October 8, 2017

Arising in the Void doesn’t give much away. The soft melody alongside atmospheric effects builds for nearly two minutes before Selfness reveals the epic sound that Odradek Room has.

Playing with the idea of a huge post-metal scope mixed with traditional metal riffs before it’s all blended together with a dynamic dressing. A Man Of Silt proudly delivers a listening experience that feels ancient. A style that feels of another time & p...

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 Released: October 12, 2017
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Genre: Progressive (Doom) Metal

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