Odinfist – Five Questions With


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Hailing from British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley in Canada, Odinfist is a high-flying, guitar-playing, crowd-chanting traditional heavy metal band that’s been around for 16 years, bringing elements of power metal, thrash metal, and the new wave of British heavy metal together. They’ve already amassed seven albums, and now they are adding Remade In Steel to their impressive discography. The second single they have coming at ya in advance of the album is “Metalmancer.” Drenched in classic 80s metal riffs with some hair metal influences in the verses, the lyrics describe a protagonist as they’re being exposed to new ideas and how they can forge a new path in life.

“The guitar solos are fucking sick, boys,” Odinfist explains. They continue:

“This one is unique because it has completely different riffs for the first verse and second verse, and both riffs make a reappearance at the end of the song. The chorus is a pretty simple, but driving riff, with one of Justin’s patented melodies over top. There’s a big, stompy, half-time feel breakdown in the middle that leads into a gnarly solo section. While the song structure isn’t totally conventional, it’s still a catchy, rockin’ tune with a melodic, shout-along chorus.”

The band continues to share that over the course of their musical careers, they’ve always prioritized making music that they enjoy and want to listen to first. Each album is a snapshot of where they were mentally, creatively, and socially– but they’ve always wanted to explore new spaces within the genre and try to push into places they hadn’t been before. Remade in Steel is true to Odinfist’s roots in traditional heavy metal, offering its listeners the same energy and sound that they’ve come to expect from the band but still shows off the band’s love for discovery.

A smorgasbord of different metal genres across six heavy metal tracks, Remade In Steel is recommended for fans of Riot City, Eternal Champion, and Cauldron. the album is due out on March 10, 2023, and is available for pre-order here.

Listen to their single, “Riffmaster” below and learn more about Odinfist via our Five Questions With segment.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

Hello readers of Canadian Beats! We are Odinfist, a small four-piece Traditional Heavy Metal band from Armstrong, BC. We were started back in 2006 and have had pretty much the same lineup for the last 15 years of it. The band started playing back in high school, and we never really stopped producing music. Over the years, we have played festivals and supported many wonderful bands, such as Diamond Head, Grim Reaper, Protest the Hero, and Three Inches of Blood. Getting to rip up the stage with such heroes has been amazing!

Tell us a bit about your most recent release.

Riffmaster! This song rules. It’s about a kick-ass wizard who is the keeper of all riffage. It’s a pedal-to-the-metal type song that will have me screaming the lyrics the whole song through every time we perform it live. I feel like it’s going to connect well with our audience. It’s the type of song our fans love. It was also a lot of fun to record. I think it was the first time in a while we recorded gang vocals in a booth all at the same time. They turned out better than any gang vocals we have ever done (in my opinion).

Where do you tend to pull inspiration from when writing?

Hard to say, really. I find most of them happen by accident. Like I will be trying to do something else on the bass, and then my attention will get nabbed by something I messed up. The mess-up sounded kinda cool, then I just kinda rolled with it. The music gods want us to have riffs, so they trick us into them. You have to keep an open ear for them, though, because it’s not always obvious.

Do you have any upcoming shows you’d like to tell us about?

We don’t have very much lined up at this point, just the album release, but even those details haven’t been hammered out yet.

What’s your goal for 2023?

My personal goal is to listen to Andrew WK’s “Party Hard” every single day in 2023. So far, I have been successful.

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