Odmenn - Odmenn
"This self-titled album was the only one that Icelandic '70s progressive rock trio Ódmenn ever released. It was made at a critical point in Ódmenn's history, when the band members had agreed to take a sabbatical year while the guitarist studied law at the University of Iceland. They got together for the last time a year after the album was released and split up directly after, having played only one gig. Ódmenn was formed in early 1966 by the Jóhannsson brothers playing the most popular music clubs in Reykjavík. Most of Ódmenn's music could be categorized as protest songs or social studies touching topics like anti-war protests and fights against pollution, greed and deception, balanced with more positive stances like hope for a better world with love and eternal brotherhood. Ódmenn recorded this double album in Copenhagen with a release in late December 1970. The group made a great impression with their blooming mixture of energetic blues rock and was probably one of the best progressive rock bands in Northern Europe. There are some mellow, dissonant moments in there, too, illustrated by hazy, ornamental organ. Fifteen great songs, 70 minutes of music. Including a 12-page booklet and many never-before-seen photos, plus extensive liner notes. Members include: Eirirkur Jóhannsson (solo guitar), Jóhann G. Jóhannsson (vocals & bass), Valur Eiriksson (rhythm guitar), and Engilbert Jensen (drums)."