Distributor/label: Into Records
Buy Album: http://octanic.bigcartel.com/product/the-mask-of-hypocrisy
Band Website: http://www.octanic.com/
ANDREW BAILLIE – Keys/
DANIEL CEDERBLAD – Lead Guitar/
STEFAN BUTLER – Guitar
AARON CAINS – Bass/
SCOTT POWELL – Drums
1. Aeternus Imperium
2. King for a Day
5. The Mask of Hypocrisy
7. Fear the Reaper
9. Purging the Maelstrom
10. The Devil Pays Higher
Octanic are a six-piece band from Adelaide, South Australia that formed back in 2006. Their bio says that they “seamlessly fuse together elements of hard rock, melodic death and modern metal, laced with classical undertones,” well we shall see about that one. Their new album, The Mask Of Hypocrisy is a remixed version of their 2012 self-titled debut album, so nothing new on this one.
The band comes out hard and fast, sadly with the tappity-tap of the double bass that seems to never be very bassy, just wimpy and hollow sounding, and then comes the screamed vocals that are raspy and full of angst, but neither too interesting, nor original sounding. The band has some pretty good guitar playing and at time the keyboard playing is fantastic, other times it’s just kind of cheesy and sounds very much like the industrial from the ’90s. This whole thing has the sound and feel of something put out in the ’90s and from a group of guys who seemed to think that more was better…no, it isn’t. There just seems to be too much going on and too much that they tried to accomplish at one time. The songs seem disjointed and like they tried to make it sound original, but it just comes out as a failed experiment. I keep waiting for the operatic female vocals to come into the mix, since that seems to be the only thing missing from this mis-mash of everything including the kitchen sink.
If you are a fan of or miss bands from the ’90s, or if you want to feel like the’90s again, this is your album, but honestly, look around and think about finding originality. With luck, these guys will take a look at what they are doing, have a re-think and find their own voice and sound.
Review by RICK ECKER