The Inception | Reviews ___________________________________________________________
[ Desert Psychlist ]
" Missed by Desert Psychlist on its release "Inception"(Third I Rex) from Spanish trio ODDHUMS is an album that is both intriguing and unsettling, intriguing because its hard to believe the enormous amount of gritty groove Freg (guitar); Keke (drums) and Will (bass & vocals) manage to create within the confines of their trio format and unsettling because its so damn hard to pin a tag on these guys due to broad range of genres Oddhums dip their toes into over the breadth of just four songs. Throughout "Inception" elements of ambient psych and post-rock texturing mix quite amicably with those of growling, fuzz heavy sludge and dark atmospheric doom with Keke's underlying rhythms shifting from a shimmering whisper to a pounding whirlwind of percussion in the blink of an eye. Add into this equation Freg's massive sounding guitar tones,Will's spine crumbling bass and mix of bellowed sludgey roars and clean mellow vocals and you arrive at a sound that combined with the excellent production is so much more than the sum of its parts.
Check it out .... "
[ CVLT Nation ]
“ In October this year, ODDHUMS released their debut EP, The Inception. The band from Spain is brand new, and its first steps in the scene are very promising indeed. In essence, what the band is doing is creating their own a blend showing some intriguing craftsmanship in the process. Not going full-on psychedelia, they are able to strip down their instrumentation, relax their structures and intensity and allow ritualistic drums and a fading vocal delivery take us down an intoxicating path.
The EP goes through a number of post-metal modes, from the standard-to-the-genre overwhelming melodies filled with the emotion, to the minimalistic construction of ambient parts that aid in the transition towards impressive peaks, as is the case with “Big Brave” (the title of the track is not random). It is this nice mix of influences that really does it for ODDHUMS. The band is taking the appropriate elements from each era and genre that they find fitting to their own sound, creating essentially an alternative metal album, that moves with ease between stoner haze, doom tradition, sludge weight, post-metal openness and grunge’s blunt approach to rock. “
[ La Estadea ]
“ Este trío procedente de Jaén da su primera muestra de talento con los cuatro temas que han recogido en lo que supone su EP debut, titulado ‘The inception‘.
Uno se queda perplejo de que la banda se formase el año pasado, y que en tan poco tiempo ya presenten este material tan acertado y sobre todo, cautivador. Tras escuchar los poco menos de veinte minutos de este trabajo se ve que lo han conseguido, y es cosa buena que te dejen con ganas de mucho más – en cantidad, entiéndase – y que uno se quede más que expectante de cara a la joyita que nos pudrían dejar en un hipotético primer largo si consiguen mantener el nivel mostrado aquí. Porque lo que han creado en este EP deja el listón realmente alto.
Freg (guitarra), Keke (batería) y Will (bajo y voz) han conseguido de primeras un sonido muy identificable y personal. Una música en la que el fondo es más ruidoso y desgarrador que la forma. Todo un acierto. A mi, con estos cuatro temas ya han conseguido convencerme y he disfrutado como loco de este ‘The inception’.
Ahora te toca a ti. “
[ Absolute Zero Media ]
" Doom, Avant Indie rock, Post Rock and Drone is where I getting the feeling from ODDHUMS. Imagine for a minute if Jesus & Mary Chain or Shudder to think found Earth , OM and Early Soundgarden, You would have ODDHUMS to a tee. This album is heavy dirty and hypnotic all at the same time and will not disappoint and something new in tone and musical adventure comes around every corner of the next track your about to listen to. I know sometimes my reviews are a bit short but there are times where the music needs to speak for itself and with ODDHUMS this could be a arena band in the making and sell to a vast audience as this album and band are really that talented and needs to be heard but every college radio station in the world so they all can be getting the buzz of this band out to the great audio beyond. Words will never be able to say how amazing this is.."
[ La Chica Mapache ]
" ODDHUMS son una de las revelaciones musicales más contundentes que este 2016 nos ha regalado. Con un sonido muy característico y unas composiciones ambientales excelentes, prometen presentarnos un primer disco espectacular muy pronto, lo espero ansiosa."
[ Eternal Terror ]
" ODDHUMS is a trio from Spain, an unusual moniker for a band but entirely accurate based on their four song EP "The Inception". These musicians traverse a post-metal, post-sludge, semi-grunge and doom world where the riffs are big, the vocals often distant, and the element of suspense omnipresent for what will come next. Keeping the material fairly compact in a genre where epic-length numbers are the rule not the exception, the mid-tempo grunge-swinging "Under Siege" wins me over every time, the bass parts leading the charge as the guitars dance in and around and the drumming just hits all the groove points.
Those who love atmospheric elements careening into post-sludge/doom-ish heaviness can add ODDHUMS to the list of bands worthy of admiration. Considering they only formed this year, the future looks very promising for this three-piece. "
[ Metal Rules ]
" This is their first EP since they have formed. The EP is a solid piece for a first timer. It has 4 songs, and through all 4 songs the dark ambient flows within. The drop tuned guitar gives chills with heavy repeating hooks mixed with the drums and the hard bass. The fading vocal gives you the ultimate dark feeling while listening to it. If you are in the mood for a dark ambient piece of art this is for you. All of the elements, the guitar, the bass and the drums give you the ambient it has.
Although it's not your classical metal album with crushing solos and hard kicking drums everywhere with growling and screaming vocals pumping your energy, you still feel the same energy listening to it. The hooks and drum rhythm makes you wanna headbang. "
[ Grimm Gent ]
" The Spanish sludge band unleashed their creativity with The Inception as a result. Their music was a mystery to me but I can assure you, it was a pleasant surprise. I couldn’t find a band that sound just like ODDHUMS. They twist and bend their sound to their own liking and it works. With The Inception ODDHUMS gave us a taste what they’re capable of. A taste that leads to a curiosity and hunger for more. I was pleasantly surprised by the album as they managed to keep the sound fresh but at the same time made it something familiar. A band I’ll be keeping my eyes on. "
[ Musos' Guide ]
“ ODDHUMS, I have no idea what it means or how to pronounce it but I will heartily (and awkwardly) recommend it. They formed earlier this year in Jaen, Spain and The Inception is their first release. They've been compared to Fudge Tunnel and sound like a heavy metal version of Shellac. ODDHUMS are in the right place with Inverse Records. It’s a label that is proving itself to be consistently open to experimental metal acts of the sort that would otherwise find it hard to find an audience. It is remarkable also that in this music-saturated world, ODDHUMS have managed to come up with something unique. “
[ Metal Nexus ]
" From Jaén, Spain we get the new 4-song EP “The Inception” from the ODDHUMS, a trio that is definitely putting the ‘odd’ in the ODDHUMS music. But as we all know, odd is good in most cases and it definitely is here but then again, maybe odd isn’t the right word to apply to these guys. This is more akin to progressive and exploratory, atmospheric and experimental as bassist/vocalist Will, guitarist Freg, and drummer Keke pull out all the stops here. With darkly hallucinatory vibes permeating these songs, ones augmented with epic sonic grandeur and expansive arrangements, ODDHUMS have harnessed an amazing album with “The Inception“. "
[ MetalKorner ]
" Su sonido ecléctico combina de manera inteligente el sonido de Seattle de los 90 junto al sludge más extremo, con tintes puramente industriales. Tiene algo que engancha y te hace querer escucharlo una y otra vez, sin descanso. Uno de los debuts más sólidos del año, y esto sólo acaba de empezar...
Puntuación: 9/10 "
[ Metal Trenches ]
" Finally, we close with my favorite EP on this list, which is an interesting little debut from ODDHUMS. The Inception is the product of less than a year's time being together for this Spanish band. And yet the ideas sound mature as hell. Stoner doom vibes make sweet love to a very somber post-metal sound. Had I more time I would have liked to do a longer write-up for this one, but what are you gonna do. The distant, wispy vocals are smooth as silk; seeming to float on a psychodelic cloud of reverb and delay affected guitars. The only thing keeping the band grounded is the heavy, swinging pundulum of bass rumble. This music simply embodies "cool." If the Fonz were still around now, this is what the jukebox would play when he threw down his magic touch. Personal favorite: "Wounds." "
[ Beneath The Surface ]
“ Here’s an interesting genre bending EP from Spain. Dominated by a huge bass sound, it blurs the lines between Stoner, a more psychedelic hippy feel as well as a few shoegazing Post-Rock/Metal moments.
At times it feels as if the band are ready to set the world alight, and then they retreat into a mellow, cool as fuck, kind of vibe. I imagine they’d sound amazing in a small sweaty club whilst off your tits on cocktail of whiskey and weed.
This is very accomplished for a debut and I look forward to whatever they produce next. “
[ Merchants of Air ]
" Hailing from Jaén, Spain, this trio comes with an excellent blend of stoner rock and doom, a delightful must-have for the fuzz-freaks out there. Firm drums accompany vintage stoner doom riffs, while here and there an immersive post-rock passage appears. That's all good and fine and nice and stuff but what I really like on this album are the vocals. They remind me a lot more of acts like Jesus and the Mary Chain or Slowdive. You know, the shoegaze way. Sometimes, there are some Conan or Yob chants, which also fit quite well. The combination of those epic riffs and these distant vocals make this ep a stand-out for me. I hope these dudes will tour Europe soon. Recommended? Definitely! "
[ Rotation 11 ]
" ODDHUMS from Jaen, Spain have dropped an impressive EP upon us with 'The Inception'. The trio's debut contains some very dark and weighting moods. We found ourselves becoming quite absorbed in the darkness as the four tracks mainly stab the heart of the doom genre, but also flow between sludge, stoner and post-rock elements.
The Inception leaves us wanting more. We guess this may be an intelligent teaser cranking out four concise tracks as we'll certainly be on the lookout for their future works. We strongly recommend you pick this one up on Bandcamp and put it in heavy rotation. "
[ Heavy Planet ]
" This is the debut EP from Jaén, Spain’s, ODDHUMS. The band only formed earlier this year and have already created a record which blows many of their peers out of the water. The band (Freg on Guitar, Keke on Drums, and Will on Bass and Vocals) combine a few different styles over these four tracks, from stoner and sludge riffing, to post-rock dalliances with grunge overtones, making them hard to predict but exciting to listen to.
Grab a hold of this EP while you can from their bandcamp, and play on repeat until their first full length comes out; we think you’ll be as excited as we are for it. "
[ Metal Brothers ]
“ ODDHUMS es una banda procedente de Jaén. Una banda muy interesante que mezcla Post Rock, Post Metal, Doom y Sludge , el marco en el que se mueven los temas es el Doom para luego introducir de forma inteligente pinceladas de otros estilos musicales. Así son los ODDHUMS, son capaces de sonar luminosos y vitalistas para en una fracción de segundo cambiar por completo el decorado y tirar de Stoner/ Doom tan clásico que por momentos cierro los ojos y me imagino a los Kyuss o aún podemos viajar todavía mas lejos en el tiempo y soñar con Buffalo. Ellos son los ODDHUMS y su primer trabajo debería llevar una etiqueta que pusiese " Listen or Die." “
[ Rock Cult ]
" Если вам хочется мрака, таинственности и ощущения зловещей древности – обязателен к прослушиванию дебютный EP испанцев ODDHUMS. Уже с самого первого трека релиз затягивает и повергает в атмосферу мистики; музыка бы как нельзя лучше могла проиллюстрировать фильм вроде «Королевы проклятых», особенно если необходимо было бы добавить больше саспенса. Всего 4 трека в The Inception, но так и не удалось отделаться от ощущения, что здесь какой-то подвох: просто не верится, что сама группа появилась только в начале этого года, а звучание с первых же работ такое нетривиальное. Приятное дополнение – обложка, точно отражающая содержание. Дебют ODDHUMS, пожалуй, можно отнести к наиболее неожиданным и удачным открытиям среди новых исполнителей. "
[ Necromance Digital Magazine ]
" ODDHUMS, son nuevos, pero a la vez, son músicos experimentados, pasando por grupos como XKRUDE, KOSTOKARON, INBRED, AUDREY…, reinventándose y realizando un gran trabajo debut con mucho doom, pero enmarcado en stoner y sludge y repleto de melodías. Cuando las emociones más oscuras pretenden ver la luz, esto es ODDHUMS. "
[ Idioteq ]
" The record sets an incredible tone with its engrossing dark imagery, muddy, sludgy guitars, and almost psychedelic vocals that cut through the thick fog. Listen and grab your copy now, there’s a lot to digest here. "