For an very rough idea of what The Blue Dawn sounds like, think of a metallic modern fusion of Dream Theater and Rush. It’s an imperfect description, but it gives you a decent idea of what to expect across the 64 minutes of music presented to us here by Odd Dimension.
This is an ambitious sci-fi concept album that the promo blurb states is for fans of Rush, Queensrÿche, Fates Warning, Dream Theater, Ayreon, Opeth, Porcupine Tree, and Riverside, which I can’t disagree with.
Odd Dimension’s progressive metal is modern and shiny. The musicianship is as faultless as you’d expect, and these skills are put to fine use servicing the material and bringing it to life. The keyboards are rich and luscious, helping to craft mood and feeling across a wide range of different textures. The leads and solos are all vibrant and colourful. Along with the keyboards they do a great job in bringing the atmosphere of the sci-fi theme to life. The singer’s voice is powerful and passionate, and he handles his role with aplomb.
Across the well-written songs the band craft a bountiful journey for the listener to explore. For fans of the style there’s much to get their teeth into and digest here; Odd Dimension are a talented act who know what they’re doing with this sort of music.
I really liked this. With more depth and emotion than I was expecting, The Blue Dawn is a rich and satisfying listen.
Highly recommended for fans of the style.