Orpheus Blade is a progressive metal band
originating in Israel. On May 11th they released their new album "Wolf’s Cry."
The album tells a story of a werewolf and the struggle between embracing this
curse, and grasping onto humanity, among other various other angles. The album
is as enticing lyrically as it is musically. I’m a big fan of theatrical concept
albums that take on multiple characters and employ a relationship between them,
and they pull this off quite well.
A big theme in this album is the idea of opposition. Not so
much two forces contesting each other, but two beings straying off into
different directions. Early in the album you hear the two vocalists singing
kind of in unison, or complimenting each other at the very least. As the album
progresses though, as the two characters begin to become these opposites, you
can hear the texture of the vocal lines becoming a disjointed polyphony – it’s
just really cool! Small nuances like that in this album are fantastic to hear.
These guys constructed a work with many dynamic high and low
points, and are able to create a quiet intensity with the ever changing timbre
of the voices. Both vocalists, Adi Bitran (who wrote all the lyrics and music) and Henning Basse, are able to drastically change
the quality of their voices from soft and calm to strong and chaotic to bring
these very dynamic characters to life.
"Wolf’s Cry" is a pretty damn enjoyable album. If you’re
looking for a rock opera about werewolves and the inner turmoil between man and
beast, then you’ve come to the right place.