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Orden Ogan: Ravenhead
Orden Ogan - Ravenhead CD Album Review

Orden Ogan: Ravenhead

Heavy/Power Metal
4.0/5.0

Their name is perplexing, even a bit goofy, they like to dress in costume, their videos are theatrical, and their music's bombastic. But, I'll admit it, I like Orden Ogan's melodic power metal. By the way, roughly translated from German and Celtic, their name means 'order of fear.'

Orden Ogan Ravenhead Photo

Orden Ogan: the fish was this big that got away.

Well fear not traditional power metal fans, Orden Ogan delivers once more, even if not the same as in the past. Ambitious, extravagant, and largely a heavy metal exaggeration, it's amazing the wall of power metal pounding these four dudes can put out. Frankly, there's nothing necessarily novel or new in Orden Ogan's approach to the genre. It's simply that they do it well, with style and flair. Big melodies, large choruses and choral vocals abound, propelled by monster riffs and symphonic layers (likely from guitar synths). There are guitar solos, but curiously they are subdued or minimal throughout; the chord arrangements seem to hold the greater sway. This has always perplexed me. How can you have 'true' metal without ripping guitar solos? In this case, Orden Ogan could be the cousins or clones of Powerwolf. To their credit, they do throw in a few folk elements here and there; the strongest appearance comes within A Reason To Give. Essentially, Ravenhead finds Orden Ogan both in their groove and at the top of their game, even though that game and groove hasn't changed much.

Postscript: My CD arrived from AFM recently. (Big THANK YOU to them.) It includes a bonus DVD with OO playing at the 2013 Summer Breeze. Sound and visual is suprisingly good; somebody's behind the stage adding the additional keys and such. The sound being so good makes me wonder if there wasn't some magic performed in the studio later. And I can't believe the band wears all that heavy garb to perform. It's gotta be hot.

ORDEN OGAN - F.E.V.E.R // official clip // AFM Records


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In Short

Essentially, Ravenhead finds Orden Ogan both in their groove and at the top of their game, even though that game and groove hasn't changed much.

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