vÖÖDÖÖ - One of the strongest alternative rock bands out of all norway - OUT WITH their debut album titled 'ASHES' NOW!
VÖÖDÖÖ - ASHES
The unique sound of Vöödöö comes from the bands wide span in musical background an approach. Guitarist Sveinung Bukve is a gear-freak with a vast selection of pedals, sometimes combined to create overwhelming huge effects more similar to an organ or a spacecraft than an actual guitar, sometimes more controlled to cut through the mix with in-your-face riffs. Here are some of the great reviews on the debut album:
“...potential world-beaters.“ - 8/10, PowerPlay Mag, UK
“The gang writes choruses as big as skyscrapers, and spice them up with tasteful chords, quirky details and a light progressive touch. It sounds surprisingly mature & well rounded for a debut record.” – 5/6, Dagbladet, NO
“This band has something to show us!” – Bergens Tidende, NO
“This music begs to be played...It is especially special when you consider that this is a debut. If you can make such a confident and unique business card, you are no doubt a promise for the future!” - 84/100, CounterCulture, NL
“’Ashes’ is a well-produced, strong album that deserves a lot of playing time in the future.” - 8/10, Musikknyheter, NO
Album Of The Week — Neo2, Rautemusik Rock Radio, DE
Band Of The Week - Demonic Nights, AT
“An album that you should absolutely check out!” - 5/6, Norway Rock
“Before you know it, you have already succumbed to the charm of this band. Vöödöö work with all kinds of familiar references, especially Nordic bands, and yet they are clearly their own unmistakable entity. From bluesy, sweaty heaviness to thick alternative riffs to emotionally charged neo-prog, "Ashes" does just about everything.” - 8/10, Demonic Nights, AT
“A more than a successful debut.” - 7,5/10, Rock Tribune, BE
“...a debut album "Ashes" sounds already quite mature.” - 7/10, Rock Hard, DE
“Almost impossible to define them genre-wise.” - Evig Lyttar, NO
“The quartet succeeds in injecting ideas and transversal inspirations into very technical but immediate, usable and certainly catchy tracks. An example of excellent technique that refuses to enhance itself but aims to give life to intense music capable of offering high quality entertainment, giving different sensations to every type of listener.” - 8/10, MetalHead, IT
“It is the kind of hopeful inspired rock (with some dark elements) that you may want to play while charging up that hill for your early morning run or slaying any other dragons in your way. Fuel for the fire that burns inside you.” - American Pancake, USA
“A voice that captures you quickly, driving beats and riffs, a powerful and accented rhythm section make this album so worth listening to.” - Moshpit Passion, DE
“Vöödöö immerses you in a world of alternative rock, deliciously aerial, with intense sounds and deep melodic rhythms Heavy Soul!” - Rock Metal Mag, FR
“’Ashes’ is an album that grows on you the more you hear it.”- Utetrend, NO
“On the debut album Bergen’s band shows that they can make rock songs in a way that is both true to their sound, but also that they can jazz it up with simple tools.” - Gaffa, NO
“The Secret’ has a rousing chorus that has me banging my head to the beat, the driving beat of the powerful rhythm section drags you along, those soaring riffs get right under your skin, and Skage’s melodious vocals layered on top add another dimension that take this track right out of this world.” - Down The Front Media
“ (Dots)The rock voice in combination in the solo piece that looks exactly like an angel's voice, gives an energy boost that makes you suddenly feel invincible.” - Luminous Dash, NL
“...extremely airy, melodic and passionate...” - Rockway, GR
“...an approved debut!” - Metal Norge
“...they do artistically so well...“ - 7/10, bleeding4metal, DE
“Voodoo has released a steady stream of good singles this year, but it's only at the debut album that they really shone in their full bloom.” - BT, NO
The rhythm section is all about hard beats and hard bass fingering, though dynamic, it is about making you feel the beat, not only in your eardrums but through the torso and into the home of your soul. Last but definitely not least Vöödöö will charm you all the way with the high-pitched mind-baffling vocals of the theatrical Gøran.
Thematically the title of the album reflects letting everything burn away until there is nothing but pure ash that you can be reborn from. Sometimes you need to let the pain and the hurt do its damage before you can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Ashes is a Record that brings Rock back to basic with some boundaries pushed. The soundscape is reminiscent of SPAN, mixed together with the early Queens of the Stone Age, topped off with vocals that compares to Muse and Mars Volta.
The songs are raw, original, heavy, dark and soulful. They are easily distinguishable, but have an obvious coherence. From the slow and über-heavy to the fast paced and engine-like, from the beautifully melodic to the quirky and weird the songs are glued together with the dark underlying theme and the instrumentalists unique identities. Catchy melodies, entertaining guitar riffs, dance able bass grooves and punchy drumming, it hits your face and sticks with a sweet aftertaste.