Power of Metal.dk Review

Orden Ogan
Style: Power Metal
Release date: 16 January, 2015
Playing time: 48:00

You have to be rather confident of the quality of the songs to have the balls to release a new album in the same month as the new Blind Guardian record. Although I haven't heard this album yet, I know for sure that it can't be much better than this new Orden Ogan album and perhaps it can't even top 'Ravenhead'?

When Orden Ogan started they added a big portion of folk in their music, but soon they turned more to the real power metal style and there were a lot of people claiming them to be the successor to bands like Blind Guardian and Running Wild. Still the band plays the same kind of style, but there are also small changes compared to their 2012 album 'To the End'. Let me start however with the intro; humming choirs which immediately make you think of Pirates of the Caribian movies, but luckily the lyrics have other themes. "Ravenhead" is a fast opener with double bass drumming and melodic guitar harmonies. The singing of Seeb Levermann is rather low but with higher phrases every now and then. Like in a lot of other songs to follow the choruses are of the caliber: heroic rather easy-to-sing-a-long gang choirs.

In general the album sounds more modern, a bit like on the last Nocturnal Rites albums. "F.E.V.E.R." follows in the same tempo and again the modern production can be heard, especially the guitar riffs sound: very heavy and in front of the mix. In a few songs you still hear their folk background with some bag pipes. The little changes on this record opens new paths for the next albums. I don't know if they intend to change a lot more, but they are not just a dime a dozen euro power metal band anymore, because they made some steps. Sure fans of those bands will really like this and there are lots of comparisons, but this sounds more like Orden Ogan 2.0. Power metal with a metalcore producer behind the buttons.

"Evil Lies in Every Man" is again a song that combines Euro power metal with modern riffing and it turns into a rather creepy sounding song. In "Here at the End of the World" Grave Digger's Chris Boltendahl contributes some singing lines and together with the thrashy riffs it is one of the heavier songs. "A Reason to Give" is a soft ballad with Keltic influences building up in heaviness with near the end some mighty choirs and majestic epic parts. "Deaf Among the Blind" has a modern metalcore drum start, yet another small change that makes the band more modern and better. Joacim Cans is a guest on the  song "Sorrow is Your Tale" and adds the necessary emotion to the song. "In Grief and Chains" is a rather slow instrumental and together with the very soft closing track "Too Soon" the album peters out. That is a slight spot on this perfect power metal album, but I will not split hairs because of that.

01. Orden Ogan
The Lake
Evil Lies in Every Man
Here At the End of the World
A Reason to Give
Deaf Among the Blind
Sorrow is Your Tale
In Grief and Chains
11. Too Soon
Label: AFM Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 13 January, 2015
Website: www.ordenogan.de