O.D.R.A. stomp and crush the skulls of all comers. 'Karl Denke Blües', the title of their third record, is a fitting title indeed. The album is a veritable axe attack, cleaving listeners repeatedly then keeping their flesh in large jars of curing salt or something like that, figuratively speaking of course.
The vocals are shouted with blood-vessel bursting force in the crust punk tradition. The lyrics are all in Polish, but chances are you wouldn't understand them anyway. Actually, Chudy, the vocalist, sounds like an escaped and enraged mental patient separating his shoulders to free himself from his straight-jacket to get his hands on that axe on the wall. Once he comes at you he won't stop until there's nothing left to attack. Yeah, I'd say that's pretty much what Chudy sounds like.
Screwdriver riffs with rusty feedback tips flow in and out of each song like extinction level event waves. This connection of tracks via feedback and other such noises creates a single take live feeling. It really does feel like a live record. One can almost picture Chudy roaming and stalking around the recording studio on the warpath, the instrumentalists wary of his dangerous presence but glad he's on their side, putting a foot on the monitor and really leaning into his lines. I don't know where the album was recorded but a killer's wooden work shed with hanging hooks on chains would be a good guess.
Highlights include: "Odrowąż" and "Karl Denke Blües"
Total Run Time: 39:57
Chudy Byk - vocals
Ziółko - drums
Smalec - guitar
Karolek aka defekator - bass
From: Wrocław, Poland
Genre: Sludge, Doom, Crust
Reminds me of: Baptists, Demonic Death Judge, Indian, Thorr-Axe
Release Date: December 14, 2012
Suggested listening activity for fellow non-stoners: Invite somebody over for dinner and sharpen the blade.
Born Again Nihilist
Short bio of Karl Denke