Fate Odyssey

Finally, death metal with a DJ. And it works pretty damn well for Quebec's Fate, except when it gets a bit too close to groovy nu-metal territory. But for the most part, this is heavy, cookie monster-style death metal with no shortage of technical ability and, again, a DJ scratchin' away to his heart's content. I applaud the band for their courage — it didn’t work for Mordred, but it might work for Fate. This album is a collection of recordings from over the years, comprising three short releases from 1998, 2000, and 2003. It's only 45 minutes, but starts to tire a bit, mainly due to having so many cooks in this kitchen and a faltering production by album's end (really though, I blame the slap bass the most). Apart from that, hail the band for their adventuresome spirit and fresh sound. (Galy)