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Album Review

Boasting an ultra-melodic metalcore style all their own, Huntington Beach, CA's Odd Project may just have inaugurated a new subgenre called "emo metal" with their 2004 debut, The Second Hand Stopped. Indeed, elements of both emo and metal are bridged by hardcore and made readily evident in opener "Statistics Like Cigarettes," but the real secret behind additional standouts like "A Hero's Trial," "Tear Stained Lies," and "Silver Screen Lovers" is the band's innate ability to mix and match their various components. In effect, this means unexpectedly launching into shockingly violent metal outbursts just when the emo quotient reaches overwhelmingly sentimental levels, and vice versa. Needless to say, the balance to all this is predictably tenuous throughout, and whether it succeeds or fails will ultimately depend on the listener's willingness to be as flexible as the music itself. But, whatever the case, most would agree that Odd Project courts certain disaster by snapping the album's considerable momentum in half with a pompously emotive piano and electric guitar instrumental sappily titled (gulp!) "Love." Still, that potentially dangerous miscalculation aside, The Second Hand Stopped is an irrepressible — and often irresistible — concoction likely to impress, if not instantly convert, members from all camps.

Customer Reviews

Odd Project is amazing

And for all of you that dont know, a lot has changed with the band since this CD, a few new members, including a vocalist. you should go to their myspace to check it out. but this cd is amazing. go buy it, and preorder their new cd, lovers fighters sinners saints, and check out their myspace for new songs!

Absolutely amazing

Odd Project is definitely an amazing band to listen to if you are into metalcore/hardcore or anything similar to that. They show an amazing collaboration of vocals, lyrics, and instrumentals that are nothing short of amazing. If you pick up this cd, you won't be dissappointed.


This current day, this CD isn't as enjoyable as before. I had purchased this CD as an intro to the band, then later on found all their old demos, and I must say those are beyond incredible. Odd Project had a very well done raw sound, and with this album the rawness kind of faded into the production values. The more polished sound did work very well though, just some songs were slowed down and it killed the vibe..somewhat. Matt Lamb will be missed. Scott took the band in a new direction with the new album, he even basically rid the piano from shining its beautiful face in any song. Shame. :/


Formed: 2000 in Orange County, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Formed in late 2000, Huntington Beach, CA's Odd Project is a progressive-minded rock ensemble combining the worlds of metal, hardcore, and emo into an understandably combustible sound. After recording a set of demos, the lineup of Matt Lamb (vocals), Scott Zschomler (lead guitar, vocals), Greg Pawloski (guitar), Eric Cline (bass), and Christian Escobar (drums)...
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The Second Hand Stopped, Odd Project
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  • $9.90
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: Aug 03, 2004

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