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Odin! Odin! Odin! Odin!

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Sure we all remember the movie “Decline of the Western Civilization – The Metal Years” and the scene where Mr. Gazzari was trying to get the crowd to chant “Odin!”  The band came off like fluff and stuff in the vid, especially in the hot tub scene…but let me tell you, their debut album rocked.

This was another album that a former friend from high school turned me on to and for it I am eternally grateful.  The production wasn’t so great and sounded thumpy on my record player but I loved this record.  I still do.  When I put it in the CD player, it usually gets 2 or 3 listens in a row.

I’m even more excited now that I found out last night that DC4 is playing here in a  few weeks.  DC4 features Shawn and Jeff Duncan from Odin.  Jeff also plays for Armored Saint now.  Apparently Odin just released a best of CD with DTNFAA (pictured) in its entirety and remastered by Roy Z.  I highly recommend it.  The albums that came after this were a little difficult to listen to.  They really fell into the the Motley Crue/GnR styles and it just didn’t work for them IMHO.  12 O’Clock Is a great song though and the studio version is much better than the live version featured in the Metal years movie.


Released 1985 (Greenworld/Half-Wet)

Track List:
01. The Writer
02. One Day To Live
03. Shining Love
04. Solar Eye
05. Don’t Take No For An Answer
06. Judgement Day

Randy “O” – vocals
Jeff Duncan – guitar and backing vocals
Aaron Samson – bass and backing vocals
Shawn Duncan – drums


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  1. I own this album and it’s not very good. I like Jeff Duncan in Armored Saint and the DC4 album is decent. Randy O. was the worst part about this band though. His vocals were all over the place like some tone deaf, hairspray banshee. Their live performance on that movie was even worse than their albums though. The only good thing for them about that film was that London sounded even worse.

    Metal Mark

    March 6, 2009 at 9:07 am

  2. hah – the writer – good tune – yah, this was a good one but i can’t abide the stuff they did after…i forget what they sounded like in the ‘decline’ movie but it was prolly pretty bad…this is definitely a ‘big bill’ discovery that you passed on to me, so props on that…


    March 12, 2009 at 8:19 am

  3. OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I remember seeing Decline for the first time and telling my friends what a cool band Odin was…THEN they made asses of themselves in the movie. Whatta letdown.
    I first saw their video for “Shining Love” on a TV show called “Night Flight” back when this was released. It’s a bit cheesy, but taken in context it was a really good video for an unknown band back in the day. That song is also my fave of theirs. I know, I know…The Writer kicks and I really like One Day to Live, but Jeff Duncan’s playing on Shining Love is both tasteful and powerful at the same time.
    They really shouldn’t have gone the LA/Motley glam route…they worked better in the context on this album. And I really liked Randy O’s vox on this disc because he didn’t sound like he was imitating anyone…really had nice range.
    In the hot tub scene, I still remember him saying “You see this face? People are gonna f***in’ remember it…and it’s going to go down in history.” Oh, but not quite the way he planned.


    July 6, 2009 at 4:33 pm

  4. And yes…London sounded much worse than Odin in DWCpt2. Show us your underalls…


    July 6, 2009 at 4:34 pm

  5. […] a bit of metal that I probably wouldn’t have heard.  I’m thankful for those years.  As mentioned previously, Bill turned me on to Odin.  I in turn “discovered” Warrior.  Both Odin’s debut […]

  6. Hey there, neat website, just wondering what filtering system you use for comments because I get lots on my site.

    Lucia Sparks

    February 2, 2010 at 9:47 pm

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