Wizard - Odin 2003 LMP Music – Reviewed by EC
1. The Propehcy
3. Dead Hope
4. Dark God
5. Lokis Punishment
6. Beginning Of The End
7. Thor`s Hammer
8. Hall Of Odin
9. The Powergod
10. March Of The Einherjers
11. End Of All
The German power metal act returns with their fifth studio record, "Odin". Anyone who has heard Wizard albums from the past pretty much know what they are getting on this new output. Wizard's last record, "Head Of The Deceiver", showed the band going in a slightly heavier direction. "Odin" follows the same course of action, offering up plenty of heavy teutonic power here.
Producer Piet Sielk offers another top notch recording, even adding the expected guest vocals on some tracks. Songs like "The Prophecy" and "Loki's Punishment" are typical Wizard fare, but the band has added some nice "gang" chants to tracks like "Dead Hope" and "Hall Of Odin". "Betrayer" and the smashing groover "Dark God" even offers up some Blind Guardian styled passages, with the big chorus evident on each cut.
Great packaging and cover art adorn this metal gem, which almost seems to be the norm with most of LMP's releases these days.
I highly recommend this band to fans of Paragon, Solemnity, and Grave Digger. For those new to Wizard, start with "Odin"; its clearly their best. For long-time fans of Wizard, this album is a must-have.