Review by JD on August 29, 2009.
Australia has always walked to the beat of a different drum, no matter what it is that they do... and as far as the state of Aussie metal is concern, that just makes them head a shoulders over the metallic world. Enter a band calling themselves Octanic... a band that self-describes themselves as ‘engaging’. I hit that play button... we shall see!!
Mixing ‘Gothenbourg’ infused metal with so many varieties of music (Classical, Industrial and raucous Classic Rock as well) they seemed to have forged from the collective smelter of metal (I hear a wee bit of Death Metal influences as well... an added touch that is pleasing) a truly original sound that is fresh, boldly artistic and yet is still blatantly heavy enough to crack foot thick concrete.
Partaking in songs like the mind numbing ‘Master’ along with the volcanic explosion of "I...Pariah"... clearly has set the table for a banquet of metallic feasting that is so fulfilling that it is almost better than sex. Complex technically, yet still holds some straight ahead metal for the most part...Octanic seems to know what they are doing, and fills you up without any musical indigestion.
In short, Octanic know how to play, and play some clearly impressive metal that impresses and intrigues with ever note. Not to be forgotten... they also prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that originality is alive and well... and it seemed to have been communing with Kangaroos in a land down under (UH, bad 80's song).
Aussie metal does it again... All I have to say for that is... Horns up to Australia... Horns up!!
Categorical Rating Breakdown
Originality: 10 ( They just are... deal with it)
Rating: 9.2 out of 10