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Orden Ogan - 2017 Gunmen



ARTIST: Orden Ogan
ALBUM: Gunmen
LABEL: AFM Records
SERIAL: AFM 604-2
YEAR: 2017

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Sebastian 'Seeb' Levermann - guitars, vocals, keyboards * Tobi - guitars * Niels Loffler - bass * Dirk Meyer-Berhorn - drums

Guest: Liv Kristine - lead vocals (#5)

TRACK LISTING: 01 Gunman * 02 Fields Of Sorrow * 03 Forlorn And Forsaken * 04 Vampire In Ghost Town * 05 Come With Me To The Other Side [Feat. Liv Kristine] * 06 The Face Of Silence * 07 Ashen Rain * 08 Down Here (Wanted: Dead Or Alive) * 09 One Last Chance * 10 Finis Coronat Opus

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WEBLINKS: www.ordenogan.de


Background
This German band have been around for years, but this is my first look at them. Power metal exponents from Arnsberg, these guys first formed in 1996 and have been building a case for their unique brand of metal, comprising elements of folk, symphonic and power metal. Their career really started taking off when they signed to AFM Records in 2010, and now with four records behind them (including this one), no doubt we'll be seeing Orden Ogan in the spotlight. So, what exactly does 'Orden Ogan' mean? Is it a Turkish phrase? No, according to their website, Orden is German for cult (or order), Ogan is Celtic for the term 'fear'. Put one and one together.. And there you have it. The promo for this album sees the band dressed up as characters from the Wild West. Maybe the lads were influenced by recent cowpoke TV series such as 'Defiance', 'Westworld' or the wacky 'Wynonna Earp'. There's lots of leather, pistols and shotguns on display here, and thankfully OO are not as overblown as Swedish metallers Civil War who really took their persona to unprecented heights.


The Songs
The opener 'Gunman' kicks off in a Pagans Mind styled bombast, the fast-tempo offset by the thick vocals and restrained chorus. 'Fields Of Sorrow' reminds me of some other band I've heard before, but I can't quite place it. 'Forlorn And Forsaken' is driven along by some bullet-like drum work and chainsaw riffs, and along with 'Vampires In Ghost Town' these tracks work quite well, embellishing the galloping nature of the album's theme. Don't be deceived by the lilting vocal intro by Norwegian symphonic metal queen Liv Kristine on 'Come With Me To The Other Side', this one rocks out with speed and layers of power. I also enjoyed the power-anthem 'The Face Of Silence' with its imploring lyric 'we are, we are the future..'. 'Ashen Rain' wears the familiar face of European metal, yes we've heard it all before, but another rendition won't hurt these ears. 'Down Here' is another power-anthem moment in the vein of bands like Hammerfall and Primal Fear, but the band go deep on 'One Last Chance', complete with bludgeoning riffs and warrior-like vocal chants. The album finishes with the powerful 'Finis Coronat Opus', which could be construed to mean 'the end justifies the means', or something like that. This track has a lot of depth, with some progressive parts shining through.


In Summary
As at July 2017, 'Gunmen' has (believe it or not) made it into the German album charts, and considering there's no hit single to be found on this album, that's even more remarkable. Orden Ogan are well suited to this style of metal, and with main-man Sebastian 'Seeb' Levermann handling the production and engineering, they have a very good idea about their sound, style and future direction. Check out the video below.


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#1 | gdazegod on July 18 2017 07:20:22
Orden Ogan - 2017 Gunman
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#2 | rkbluez on July 19 2017 21:28:32
Like this band a lot...one of the better and more original power metal bands around...I'm not a big fan of Power Metal either but these guys just have that extra something that makes me want to listen...last album was great...still waiting on my copy of Gunman from Amazon.
 
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