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Impression Review

by François Couture

Odyssice's main interest resides in its guitarist Bastiaan Peeters, a melodic player who understands the artistry of David Gilmour, Steve Hackett, and Andy Latimer. The other members of this quartet (Pascal van de Pol on bass, Menno Boomsma on drums, and Jeroen van der Wiel on keyboards) are also competent musicians. The problem with this band's music is that it lacks flavor and character. These instrumental progressive tunes could be anyone's. There are no memorable themes, heart-drenching moments, or toe-tapping passages. Yet, these are not bad pieces, they simply fail to catch the listener's attention. Impression is reminiscent of 1970s instrumental bands and artists like Ekseption and Reverberi (minus the inevitable cover versions). If there is such a thing as corporate instrumental prog rock, Odyssice would sound like it. If the idea of neo-prog without vocals is appealing, check it out. Otherwise it would be a good idea to stay away from it.

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