|Review: Orden Ogan - Ravenhead|
Label: AFM Records
Year released: 2015
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: February 14, 2015
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 4/5 (80%) (14 Votes)
Orden Ogan have released some pretty good albums over the years but they've never really joined the "inner circle" of the Power Metal elite. They are like a kid on the playground circling the big kids trying to see what they are doing and being rebuffed, occasionally getting knocked to the ground in the process. With their latest album, Ravenhead, the kid on the playground that is Orden Ogan got up from the latest knockdown with a fistful of sand for the eyes and boot up the ass for the bully that pushed him down.
Ravenhead shows a band that has retained an ear for melody but ratchets up the songwriting by several notches while adding healthy doses of grit and attitude to the delivery. Listening to the opening title track will tell you right away this is not the same old Orden Ogan. Sebastian Levermann dishes out his lines as if he's standing right in your personal space and daring you to push him away. The riffs are crisp and the rhythm section powerful but the best part may just be the solos, which have improved greatly and really complement the songs. Other standout tracks include "F.E.V.E.R." and "Evil Lies in Every Man" but there aren't any bad songs, except maybe the closing ballad "Too Soon" which is forgettable.
Ravenhead is simply well-played, enjoyable crunchy Power Metal from start to (almost) finish and Orgen Ogan has made the jump to the big leagues.
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