Opium Denn: Demarkation – album review
Out October 23rd, 2015
This psychedelic, mind blowing album, conjured up the illusion of conceptual thought and of the journey through life and death, while chasing Alice through the rabbit hole. That vivaciously describes the mysterious “Demarkation”, Opium Denn’s 1st album in a trilogy.
The artist is shrouded in obscurity, wearing a mask at all times to represent the many faces of life’s experience. He is an enigma, revealing profound thoughts and poetic apparitions through his heart felt alternative, ethereal rock. Incorporating jazz, art rock, blues, heavy metal and genius he takes you on a trip that you’re apt not to return from.
Reminiscent of “Pink Floyd”, fused with “Blue Oyster Cult”, and Eddie Van Halen’s vocals, my favorite track “Eyes to the Sky”, is an emotional, poetic, and empowering mix of spiritual revelations and hallucinogenic fantasies with dauntless meanings and bold music. I think I got a contact high just from listening.
The intensity of this conceptual release travels from the yellow brick road to the haunted forest and stops just long enough to get caught in the ravishing winds of the tornado. “Leaf” is a progressive jazzy track, easy to relax to if you’re not dissecting the words that go with it. ” I Am A Feeling” parts 1,2 and 3 is an instrumental Fantasia until the song is nearly over and the lyrics take over. The words are few, but they are delivered powerfully. There is a video to match, also creating a flight of imagination. There will be videos to accompany each and every song although they are not released as of yet.
Outlandish guitar riffs begin the title song “Demarkation”. Listening to the words makes one wonder what exactly was going through Opium Denn’s head when he wrote this. The piano is progressive and beautiful as it ends the song.
“Masks and Uniforms” is very emotional, and a musical utopia. It’s easy to get lost in the brilliance of this song and specificity of each note played. It is daring and dark, with a seriousness about it that becomes fascinating and visionary.
After purchasing this release, there’s no doubt you will be looking forward to albums 2 and 3 to complete the collection, and to see how the journey unfolds.
All words by Eileen Shapiro. More of Eileen’s writing can be found in her author’s archive.