Anodine is a trip rock project originating in 2008 that combines the genres alternative rock and trip hop. The hypnotic-driving style is characterized by tight atmosphere and emotional intensity. The gloomy-melodic songs mainly deal with liminal psychic experiences and critical reflections of society.
Anodine are a blessing to modern rock n’ roll, they don’t succumb and conform to all the bland trends found so prominently in today’s music. They possess an extremely tight-knit sound that mixes melody with rock and thrash, at free will. The guitars often come in bloodletting spurts, and the heavy vibe, to songs like “Color Of This Place,” “Dark Side Of Venus,” and “Break Away,” all hearken back to a heavy metal age when bands like Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden ruled, not that these guys sound like anything those bands by a long-shot it’s just that Anodine has an aura to its sound, reminiscent of where bands like Maiden and Sabbath came from. Anodine take those classic rock rhythms and mix it to the modern alternative sound of bands like the Muse, then throw in the creative atmosphere of Massive Attack, to create an original hybrid sound, that is nothing less than adrenalin pumping.
A tinge of Power-rock also makes confined appearances across the album, though not nearly radio ready hits, some songs have an absolutely modern, catchy appeal, mostly due to the freshly styled vocals. At times speed metal, at times heavy pop, at times dark metal, at times ambient trip rock, Anodine can’t be pinned down to any one sound. Some tunes are even driven by what sounds like operatic arrangements, a perfectly stunning touch for any modern rock album, let alone an indie one.
Indeed, “Passages” seems to be a combination of riff-heavy metal and an eclectic, experimental approach. The result is an album cram full of twisted guitars, trippy vocals, and eccentric song structures, sure to please even the most discriminating rock fan. The album, which after the opening track, “Antilight,” fires out of the gate with the roaring “Color Of This Place.” From there on, the goods come hard and quickly, as the next three songs are all no less than terrific.
From “The Virus” on-wards the tracks take on an esoteric turn, with sounds that dig deep into a black hole, drawing in endless epic-rock and grunge sounds, and moreover, spitting out bass riffs that groove in a hyper kinetic fury, that is so loud, it can split the calluses on your ears. “Storm,” “No Summer” and “She Calls,” are perfect examples of this.
This must be one of the most eclectic and ethereal indie rock albums in recent years, at least among anything near the mainstream. But if you like rock that disregards boundaries while pounding the less coherent areas of your brain, then Anodine are definitely for you.
It’s hard to know what to compare this album to. It’s not gimmicky nu-metal, or alternate thrash. It’s just great songwriting, great lyrics, and terrific instrumentation. It’s the most intelligent and well crafted trip rock (if you have to put into this into a genre), I’ve heard in the indie arena, in a while!
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