In his review of Finnish quartet Oddland‘s debut album The Treachery Of Senses, Noyan said, “The Treachery of Senses is an enjoyable and refreshing joyride of progressive metal that will hopefully establish Oddland as a force to be reckoned with.” Truly, this band fits right in with this wave of Scandinavian prog a la Leprous, Ihsahn, Enslaved, Borknagar, and the like. This incredibly talented band has tons of promise, and has so far delivered.

With that in mind, we’re proud to debut the band’s first official music video, ‘In The Eyes Of The Mourning.‘ The track is one of the album’s slower songs, and the video does the band name justice for being, you know, odd. Here’s what frontman Sakari Ojanen had to say about the video:

“We feel that the video turned out to be an extension of our music: it might be a lot to take in at first view, but I think you can definitely find more layers and little cool details unfold with more views. The mood of the video is melancholy as well as slightly weird and twisted to create that ODDLAND-feel and we think it works perfectly with the song. The video gives a nice representation of what the song is about: Grievance, losing someone meaningful and losing yourself, and the lengths our psyche and will go to in order to keep everything in balance. Shooting the video throughout the night was not a picnic, let me say, but the atmosphere was very cool. The dark forest was lighted with spotlights, and our protagonist – the clown – was performing various peculiar acts. It was a cool experience; you can imagine the atmosphere was quite unique and surreal. Navigating all the equipment deep into the dark forest and out was also an ‘adventure’ in itself ;)

“The shoot was a wild one as we did almost everything in 12 hours. We started at 8pm and the last people left with eyes wide open at 8am. This was the first video for ODDLAND, so it was totally clear to me how I wanted to introduce the band. Dark forest works as a metaphor for where they come from. Our northern country is rooted in darkness and the profound energy of nature. I also wanted to capture the emotion of the song, as well as open a window to a subconscious side of the human mind.”

You can watch the video above. Oddland’s The Treachery of Senses is now available on iTunes via Century Media Records!

– JR


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