Okular from Norway deliver a different kind of Melodic Death Metal. The weird cover art and the atypical name of the album, Sexforce
, should already be good indicators of this. While relying on the genreâs foundations: melodic leads, alternation between clean and guttural vocals and alternation between quieter parts and blasted one, Okular incorporated many progressive elements whose main quality is to destabilize the listener. This destabilization feature is actually Okularâs trademark whose only intent seems to bring âwhat the fuckâ into the equation.
Navigating in troubled waters, Okularâs music may be compared to other similar acts that previously released mind-raping albums. Disharmonic Orchestra
are one of them but the aggravated pop features on Okular made them a closer match to acts like Beissert from Germany or Iblis from Poland. From bossa nova accents in The King
of Life to violent groovy hymns like Ride the Waves of Emotion or Rest in Chaos with their off-thrash accents like Voivod
, everything seems possible for Okular.
And this is exactly also why their music can get so intriguing but also sometimes edging on bad taste. As they donât restrain from exploring any kind of new direction, it sometimes sounds right and sometimes not. Considering that the album is one hour long, it does require some nerves, willpower and the right mindset to actually enjoy all of it in one take. I personally can deal fine with the first half but as we near the end of the second part, it feels like chocolate: a few may be delicious but too many at once can be sickening. Conclusion: when somethingâs good, no need to exaggerate.
Okular could have proven their point, their differences, with just 8 to 9 songs instead of the nauseating 13 they chose to come up with. Sexforce
is an intriguing record and should appeal to people who long for weird and extreme musical mashups though I believe that the band has yet to come up as more mature in subsequent releases if just to keep the listenerâs interest hooked up till the very end.