A split concept album coming from Dark Awake and Regard Extrême, The Odyssey was released on June 21st 2018. Together they have created a mythological concept album about Ulysses and his adventures, inspired by the Greek poem Homer’s Odyssey.
Limited to 300 copies, the CD version comes in a beautiful 3 panel digipack, an 8-page booklet and embossed letters on the cover.
This is an album for fans of neo-classical, ethereal and dark ambient music. A haunting soundtrack that is heavily steeped in epic folklore, both bands will delight in their ability to create a majestic score to accompany their inspirations.
However, this not something you can just throw on and listen to a track while you work out or go for a jog. This is lights down, candles burning and full on lose yourself in the music. If you’ve never had a taste for darkened ambience this won’t change your mind although it is really well done.
It’s probably more in keeping with an epic video game style soundtrack then a movie one which is no bad thing. Listening to the likes of Circle (Metamorphosis), Scylla and Charybdis and Mentor (A Message from a Goddess) conjures up images of the likes of Assassin’s Creed or Dark Souls.
It’s something a bit different and there has clearly been a lot of love and effort put in. The mythological concept comes through well and it leaves you feeling inspired. If this is your sort of thing, of course.
Dark Awake/Regard Extrême – The Odyssey Full Track Listing:
- Towards a Long Journey
- Polyphemus (A Trick Against the Cyclops)
- The Land of Laistrygones
- Teiresias (Prophet in the Underworld)
- Circle (Metamorphosis)
- The Sirens (Fascinating Song)
- Scylla and Charybdis
- The Island of Sun God (Helios)
- Ogygia (Calypso’s Island)
- Mentor (A Message from a Goddess)
- Ithaca (The Return of the King)
You can pick up the album now over on Dark Awake’s Bandcamp.
Dark Awake/Regard Extrême - The Odyssey - Split (La Esencia Records)
The Final Score - 7/10