Odio: Ancora 12"

Odio: Ancora 12"


Tags: · 10s · d-beat · hardcore · recommended
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From the depths of Oakland CA’s underground, Odio fulfills the listeners ears with intense rythmatic aggression and delay drenched vocals for the unhinged. Simplistic in idea but packing a real punch, you can’t deny that these guys really know how to structure a song. Odio takes influence from the deepest darkest corners of ‘80s Japanese hardcore and then again from more contemporary bands from Spain. All in all Odio is making a noise of their own. The band is currently on a tour around the globe that has consisted of south East Asia, Australia, and now Europe, titled: “Odio I Confini” (Hatred Of Boarders) sharing members of other US bands Torso & Korrosive, Odio is a powerhouse live and on record. Don’t miss them this summer on tour. Odio “Ancora” (Again) Is an 8 track 12” Ep that is not to be missed.

Our take: Debut from this new-ish California band featuring Giacomo from Torso on drums. If you couldn’t tell from the Sugi artwork, Odio evince a strong predilection for Japanese hardcore, but they aren’t afraid to step outside of the established boxes for that genre. The singer has a very convincing Sakevi-esique growl, the production is huge a la Death Side or Bastard, and the guitarist occasionally does some pretty epic leads (though the style is a little more metallic and less melodic than Chelsea himself). However, a lot of Odio’s fast songs use a manic pogo beat rather than the d-beat / Motorhead rhythms a lot of Japanese bands relied on, and as a result a lot of Odio’s faster songs sound like Blazing Eye, but with bigger production and much more complex riffing. However, Ancora’s real surprises are on side two, where Odio gives us (among a handful more fast songs) a pair of darker numbers that sound like they’re more influenced by Amebix and Killing Joke than any Japanese hardcore that I can think of. These songs are totally killer, but even beyond how enjoyable they are in and of their own right, they give the LP a sense of balance and confirm that Odio is more than just a tribute band. I think a lot of people slept on Odio’s 7” because it was super limited and kind of expensive, but hopefully the same thing doesn’t happen with this LP because it is a legit scorcher.