ALBUM REVIEW: Orden Ogan – Gunmen

17855442_1658078987553359_3577627870255617669_oTheir name means ‘Order Fear’ and Power Metal outfit Orden Ogan have certainly proved this with their music to date. With strong releases such as To The End and Ravenhead there was a lot of anticipation around their latest release Gunmen. It was released just over a week ago and it has already received high praise from fans and press. From listening to the album, it’s easy to see why.

For those who are unfamiliar with these Power Metal giants, here’s some more information about the troupe. They formed in the year 1996 in Arnsburg, Germany and started off as a folk act. Over the past couple of decades they have released six studio albums, three demos and a number of singles. Gunmen is their sixth studio album and like the previous releases it brings a lot of power.

The start of the album opens with the track Gunman. This could be likened to the start of an epic film where you are immediately enticed from the first few seconds. Highlights of the album included Vampire In Ghost Town, Come With Me To The Other Side (feat. Liv Kristine) and Ashen Rain.

Vampire In Ghost Town has the strong melody and memorable chorus that you will be singing in your head for days on end. With its fantasy title and elements, it is also the song that allows you to escape the stresses of reality if you turn it up loud enough.

Come With Me To The Other Side features Metal Siren Liv Kristine, whose voice seems to fit any track that she sings on.  It was great how this track started off on a very tranquil note that leads the listener into a false sense of security before being treated to distortion and power that Orden Ogan are very well known for.

Ashen Rain’s dramatic intro reminds one of their almighty track F.E.V.E.R and this track proves its authority throughout after that. Everything from the powerful vocals to the thunderous musical arrangements reinforces this dominance and power that this troupe are very well known.

It ends on an extremely positive note with the track Finis Coronat Opus which is incredibly sweeping and majestic.

Overall verdict of this record is that they have not disappointed and that they exert authority and power once again with an almighty release.

8/10

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