ORPHEUS - ORPHEUS
Metal To Infinity
I received a promo album from Norwegian Orpheus which is a five piece, female
fronted formation. A few guys met each other while following music school
somewhere in their homeland… a story we heard so many times before, one led to
another and Orpheus was born. Upcoming outfits always try to walk the line of
their idols – as for Orpheus, bands like Iron Maiden, In Flames and Guns ‘N
Roses can be mentioned as reference units.
Also heard about a
thousand times before is the fact that musicians entered the ranks one day while
the other day they decided to leave again, etc – etc… I'm sure you know what
I mean, isn’t it?! Boring from my side to mention this but that’s just the
way it goes in the world of music. I’d rather like to keep it short and tell
you that Orpheus so far unleashed both demo and EP efforts before – in June
2009 they brought out a first self-titled full CD through their own label
Orpheus’ new album
contains 8 songs and has a great production, let that be clear first of all.
About the songs and the style Orpheus deliver – well, that’s another
question. I definitely have mixed feelings here – female singer Ingrid
Galadriel has not the most impressive style of singing in might…determinable
as ‘quite unique’, still she can’t please me completely. Some of the vocal
parts are not feasible for her so from time to time, things went wrong. The
future will tell if this good looking woman can’t stand the test of time.
Finding myself a way
through the entire album I hear different styles bursting my speakers. Groovy
guitar riffs and heavy loaded bass lines but there is more necessary for me to
convince me all over. The guitar players deserve a big applause – these guys
pull strings in decent ways and that’s a plus point. Especially while offering
Metal duties I'm fully content – also based on the melodic
solo activities, both can stand their own ground problemless!
Pity to me, not all of
the tracks have a pure Metal identity – in my vision there are also influences
from the Alternative Rock / Metal scene and that’s a bridge to far. If Orpheus
played their songs fully Metal characterized from A to Z, I should be a very
satisfied person. If they had did it this way out, I'm almost sure that the
‘real’ Orpheus would appear. I’ve got the feelings sometimes, the band
makes it too difficult for their own! Just keep it pure Metal minded and forget
about quite boring twists and turns. I'm sure the band is made to play Heavy
Metal pure – they’ve got the skills in its ranks to do, so…!
I will not break Orpheus down to the ground
– hell no! I’ve heard a band containing well skilled musicians but
unfortunately to me, I’ve missed some more Metal attitude musically wise.
My Points: 72 / 100 (Review by Stefan)
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