Review from Metal Music Archives

June 14, 2014
From: Metal Music Archives
Published: June 9, 2014

"Bardo. Relative Reality" is the debut full-length studio album by Ukranian doom/detah metal act Odradek Room. The album was released through Hypnotic Dirge Records in March 2013. The band´s name derives from "Die Sorge des Hausvaters", which is a short story by Franz Kafka, featuring a creature named "Odradek".

The Kafka linked band name is actually pretty well chosen as Odradek Room´s music share a bit of the same surreal expression as some of Kafka´s work. Stylistically the music on "Bardo. Relative Reality" is at it´s root doom/death metal, but there is a semi-progressive quality to the songwriting and especially the track structures that make this more than just another doom/death metal release. The music is generally not that complex but the band still display an adventurous songwriting style. The music features both slow doomy riffing, atmospheric post rock/metal sections and more melodic tinged sections. The vocals vary between death metal growls, occasional clean singing and melancholy drenched spoken word sections.

Odradek Room don´t really remind me of any particular doom/death artist and therefore references are hard to make, but despite that they are not wildly original either. I don´t hear anything on "Bardo. Relative Reality", that I haven´t heard before, but the way the band combine the elements is pretty effective. The band are well playing and that´s a positive too. The sound production is a bit of a show stopper though. It´s not terrible by any means, but the guitar sound could have been better. Especially the clean guitars, which sound slightly underproduced (demo sounding). It´s not a major issue though.

"Bardo. Relative Reality" wasn´t an album that impressed me right off the bat, but the longer I got into the album, the music unfolded with rich variation and melancholic depth. So upon conclusion I can say that it´s an interesting doom/death metal album. It´s not perfect to my ears and especially the sound production could have been better, but Odradek Room profits on their varied songwriting.

Rating: 3.5/5

Review from Deaf Sparrow Webzine

May 3, 2014
From: Deaf Sparrow Webzine
Published: May 1, 2014

No no no, we didn’t improperly write the title, that’s how it appears verbatim on the album cover, so give us a break.  We don’t correct grammar and syntax errors of bands if they’re being “artistic” for us.  Especially if they assist us with their knowledge, explaining the meaning of the Tibetan word ‘bardo’ on which this album is based.  And the art, it’s some sort of abstract expressionist thing with thick, red ...

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Review from Volumes of Sin Webzine

March 19, 2014
From: Volumes of Sin Webzine
Published: March 18, 2014

Although Ukrainian four-piece act Odradek Room have only been formed since 2010, they initially started off under the name Shards of Silence in 2008.  Initially recorded in early 2012 and released in only digital format, Odradek Room have rerecorded and re-released their debut full-length album, Bardo. Relative Reality, under Hypnotice Dirge Records in 2013. How does this record, based on ideas taken from the Tibetan Book of th...

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Review from Pitchline Webzine

March 18, 2014
From: Pitchline Webzine
Published: March 17, 2014
*Google translation of Spanish review

Right from the choice of name (based on the protagonist of a story by Franz Kafka), we can see that this is not a band that likes things conventional. Hailing from Ukraine, began his career in 2008 calling Shards of Silence and after these past five years, have finally released their debut album. The sound of the album is clearly oriented towards the fluctuating land where extreme metal meets the...

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Review from Pure Nothing Worship Magazine; Issue 2

December 19, 2013
From: Pure Nothing Worship Magazine; Issue 2
Published: February 2014

"Bardo. Relative Reality" is the debut album of the young Ukrainian quartet, delivering  honest, well crafted atmospheric death doom. This album is an emotional journey through paths laden  with dark, suffocating death doom, entwined with profoundly melancholic post-rock elements and crushing despairing riffs. Featuring really rich compositions and song structures, the mood is rooted in nostalgic,deeply melanc...

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Review from Metal Revolution Webzine

October 18, 2013
From: Metal Revolution Webzine
Published: October 18, 2013

Odradek Room is an atmospheric and progressive death & doom act with post-rock leanings from Ukraine. They got their name after one of Franz Kafka’s short stories and apart from this odd moniker for a band; few other things surprised me about this band. Their debut album (initially recorded in early 2012) is odd, bizarre and with equally confusing title Bardo, Relative Reality. It contains only 7, but quite lengthy songs....

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Review from Forgotten Path Magazine; Issue 5

October 18, 2013
From: Forgotten Path Magazine; Issue 5
Published: November 2013

There seems to be a friendly and indirect competition rising between Canadian “Hypnotic Dirge Records” and Russian “Solitude Productions”. Both labels are oriented towards very similar music, mostly to different kinds of Doom Metal and Atmospheric/Depressive Black Metal. But those, who have taken a closer look at the releases from the Canadian side, should have definitely noticed that their bands are more exper...

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Review from Alarm 666 Webzine

October 16, 2013
From: Alarm 666 Webzine
Published: October 14, 2013
*Google translation of Danish review

Odradek Room comes from Ukraine and have released their debut album "Bardo. Relative Reality "on Hypnotic Dirge Records. This cooperation surprise in any way, since the record company has a taste for bands that are over in the slightly darker atmospheric department and preferably not have too many limits in their musical universe.

Odradek Room swimmer primarily around the doom metal genre, but th...

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Review from Miasma Magazine

August 13, 2013
From: Miasma Magazine
Published: August 7, 2013

Bardo. Relative Reality is the first official release by Ukrainian band Odradek Room, and it is also Their first full-length album. The group performs this music is a combination of melodic death metal and doom metal, and this combination isalso spiced up with a progressive elements. The name Odradek room which the band uses comes from Franz Kafka's short story "Die Sorge des Hausvaters". We can gather from That the sources of inspira...

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Review from Legacy Magazine; Issue #85

July 3, 2013
From: Legacy Magazine; Issue #85
Published: June 2013
*Google translation of German review

The band from Ukraine founded in 2008 as shards of Silence and later renamed based on a short story by Franz Kafka Odradek Room. Beyond the four musicians inspired literary show. "Bardo. Relative Reality "is a concept work based on the ideas of the Tibetan Book of the Dead. The word "Bardo." Means in an intermediate sphere, a space between the worlds. According spherical and ground covering...

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Released: March 9, 2013
500 Copies (250 digipack, 250 jewel case)
Atmospheric Death-doom Metal