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The Odious Construct


The Odious Construct

Active since 2015, Sacremento, California-based progressive melodic death metal outfit The Odious Construct are a young band relatively speaking. Yet in their brief existence, they’ve moved at blinding speeds to continually refine their craft live and in the studio in order to reach the next level. After hashing out two single song demos in 2015, the band quickly released their well-received self-titled EP in July of 2016. 2016’s “The Odious Construct” was additionally praised by outlets such as Dead Rhetoric who called it “Straight-forward death metal with enough technical zest and melodic underpinnings to keep it interesting.” 

Now in 2018, The Odious Construct have evolved as musicians and songwriters and are primed to release their strongest music to date on Shrine of the Obscene. Recently signed to The Artisan Era, Shrine of the Obscene will be The Odious Construct’s first effort on the label and is set for release on Friday, October 12th through The Artisan Era.

Throughout the five swift and deadly songs on Shrine of the Obscene, The Odious Construct carves out a path beyond the typical “complex for complexities sake” approach with a focus built upon catchy guitar melodies, straightforward brutality, and enhanced by orchestral flair to ensure the songs remain stuck in your head. The Odious Construct – Shrine of the Obscene will strongly appeal to fans of groups such as Alterbeast, The Black Dahlia Murder, Irreversible Mechanism, Virvum, and The Faceless.

The Odious Construct had the following to say about the upcoming release of Shrine of the Obscene

“This upcoming EP is a progression from the previous self-titled EP.  While still melodic, there is more speed and technicality involved, and there is more experimentation with orchestra instruments. Thematically, the writing is still dark. The lyrics revolve around psychological disorders, horror, suicide, etc. The goal of this EP was to include more dynamics musically and more diverse instrumentation. We are still a melodic death metal band but we are incorporating more modern elements to the music stylistically.”

Decibel comments on today’s premiere of “Vortex of Self”
“The Odious Construct are looking to turn melodic death metal on its head if their new album Shrine of the Obscene is any indication. Take new offering “Vortex of Self” as an example: melodic death metal in the vein of The Black Dahlia Murder mixes with the blistering technicality of a modern technical band like Alterbeast without compromising the integrity of either sound.

Guitarists Wesley Yee and Ben Jackson dance around the fretboard with gusto, and The Odious Construct’s rhythm section (bassist Sam Datu and drummer KC Brand) function like a machine. Vocalist Casey Ryle tops it off with interesting vocal patterns. As demonstrated with “Vortex of Self,” everything The Odious Construct have written takes what the band did on their self-titled EP from two years ago and ups the ante. More guitar leads, more solos, more impressive musicianship.”

 

Shrine of the Obscene Tracklist
1. Vortex of Self
2. Descension
3. They Came Through the Mirrors
4. Cyanide Eyes
5. Shrine of the Obscene

The Odious Construct is:
Casey Ryle – vocals
Wesley Yee – guitar
Ben Jackson – guitar
Sam Datu – bass
KC Brand – drums (The Ritual Aura)

The Odious Construct – Vortex of Self

The Odious Construct – Shrine of the Obscene

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Band location – Sacramento, California

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