The opening track to Abysmal Despair is a good signal for the heavy journey Odyssey is about to take you on. An echoing guitar riff sets up the anticipation for the roughly yelled vocals that carry through a sludgy, well-paced track. The album is a compilation of sludge and stoner rock from this Swedish band, but contains an unexpected vocal style, yelled, not growled or melodic, just shouting out from an abyss: "Wicked witch, don't put your spell on me." While the bass fuzz and guitar hooks maintain a sludgy, stoner-rock feel, the surprising vocals and a faster drum pace give the band a more garage or alternative-rock feel. Instead of feeling disjointed, the album works cohesively to deliver some worthy heavy tracks.
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