After a long thirteen year gap of not releasing music, California’s very own Odious Mortem have returned under a new label and have created another monstrous effort into the band’s extensive catalog. Prior to 2007’s Cryptic Implosion, Synesthesia is the first release under Willowtip Records and let me say, was it worth the wait. Playing a style of technical, brutal and modernized arrangements of death metal, not only they’ve belonged to a latter of such neck-breaking pieces of extreme music, but rest assure this release feels natural, it doesn’t feel repetitive in a sense where each instrumentals and its own counterparts felt missing but each member contributed themselves to make complemented, Suffocation/Deeds Of Flesh styled melodies and the production here is nothing but sharp, loud and in your face.
Since their formation in 1998, this is a band I don’t see many people discussing this band in terms of their musical style, compositions, lyricism, and I truly feel this record should not be overlooked as this is too quality technical brutal death metal at its finest hour and we’re already one month in to 2020. Imagine if Decrepit Birth, Suffocation, Deeds Of Flesh, Severed Savior, and Spawn Of Possession were to form the most diabolical, hatred, and chaotic style of death metal with a fair twist of 90’s influenced brutal death metal this is what Odious Mortem is all about.
Not only tracks such as Eagle’s Tower, Ruins Of The Timeworm and the instrumental of Synchronicity are filled with such blood pumpin, fuel adrenaline, and have tempered with crisped, assaulted, and structured to the deepest root of its core, Synesthesia by Odious Mortem is a album that’ll manage to satisfy any death metal fans wanting something chaotic, heavy, technical and brutal.
Overall Score: 8.5/10
Review by Jake Butler