|Review: Orion - Illusory Existence|
Year released: 2002
Review online: April 25, 2003
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 0/5 (0%) (0 Votes)
The outlook was good for a few seconds, but then the ugly keyboard crapped all over this. I'm generally OK with keyboards as long as they're a background, very discreet instrument, but not this. This is just wrong. First, they suck: They're thrown in there just for the sake of having keyboards rather than serve any useful purpose, mostly going bling-bling following the beat set by the keyboards, sometimes following the guitars - no matter what, I don't remember hearing such a disaster... Seriously, the keyboard player should be shot - or at the very least just fired and they should redo their songs without that useless crap. Even the keyboard crapfest by Dimmu and Cradle aren't as bad as this. Bad enough that I don't feel like adding anything else, but I guess it is necessary so...
The music sounds like a mix of power, thrash and some more traditional heavy metal. The band describes itself as "symphonic power thrash", which is quite accurate, the symphonic only brought to you courtesy of those damn keyboards (there they are again.) If not for that, some of this stuff could actually be pretty good - at least the basis for good songs is there. The vocalist is pretty good, alternating between a kind of raspy voice and cleaner vocals. The fifth song has the whole band singing the chorus and even though that sounds a bit cheesy - kind of along the lines of the usual swords and sorcery stuff- the songs comes out pretty good, and the keyboards are not nearly as intrusive here. Definitely the best one on this recording. There are some really good crunching guitar parts here and there, but most of the time there's the damn keyboards just ruining the whole thing. Yes, I'm fixated on the damn keyboards, with reason. Orion should jettison those and focus on guitar/bass/drums only and they'd have something pretty good to offer.
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