On my shortlist of most anticipated local albums for 2012 I certainly have to include Khimaira, the upcoming full-length from instrumental prog-rock trio, ODIST. We have already received a taste of what’s to come via the explosive “Pyramid Eyes,” which was first heard on the 2011 Hijacking Music Festival sampler and has since been released as the first single from the new album. Mostly unheard, however, has been the single’s b-side, “The Deluge.” Whereas the former found the band flexing their post-metal muscles by laying down some of their most thunderous grooves yet, the latter sees the band taking a cosmic flight through some sci-fi alternate reality with cascading guitars spilling out across billowing clouds of Hendrix-like psychedelia. There’s some rumbling, stormy sections as well, but mostly the band is content to glide from passage to passage without resorting to the epic builds and dizzying crescendos that marks so much of their music. It’s a calmer, more subdued sound than we’ve heard from them in the past, but the song never suffers as a result.
In other news, ODIST have announced they will be playing SXSW for the first time ever this year. Details are scarce, but the trio will be playing the Hijacking Music Atlanta Showcase on Thursday, March 15th with ten other Atlanta artists. As soon as more details are made available, we’ll be sure to let you know.
Recorded and produced by Ikey Owens of Free Moral Agents and the Mars Volta, Khimaira is due out this sometime this spring.