The CD Awakening featuring brothers Kent and Brent Smedley performing as Eternal Odyssey is now available for pre-order from EMP Label Group. The estimated shipping date is April 12. The CD features nine songs in keeping with the band’s melodic metal/hard rock aesthetic. Kent and Brent have both dedicated their lives to music, including playing in or being associated with well-known bands.
In an earlier article I disclosed a long friendship with Kent. We met him when he became Rebecca’s guitar teacher after we moved to Florida. Our daughter would not be doing music full time today had she not studied with Kent. He’s also played with numerous bands and done countless solo shows.
Brent also plays with Iced Earth.
Megadeath bassist David Ellefson founded the EMP Label Group.
This new album is a bright spot in what has had to be a very trying time for Kent and his family. His older daughter was seriously injured in a car crash in 2016. Kent and his wife Amy have devoted countless hours to caring for her, and she is still recovering.
Those of us who know and admire Kent are thrilled he has this latest opportunity to bring his work to a wider audience.
(Kay B. Day/Feb. 15, 2019)