Review: Orden Ogan – Gunmen

 

649484Written by Rainer Kerber

 

The Wild West is located in the Sauerland, or so one might think after listening to the fifth studio album by German power metal greats, Orden Ogan.

Two years after the highly acclaimed Ravenhead the acclaimed musicians recorded Gunmen and moved the action of their fictional hero Alister Vale from an apocalyptic backdrop to the Wild West. Since their second album Vale (if you count the self-released Testimonium AD from 2004), the stories on the albums are about Mr. Vale and the saga continues.

Right at the beginning you can hear the title track, ‘Gunman.’ It’s a typical Orden Ogan rocker with bombastic choruses and excellent orchestration. Of course, this one has lots of bright guitar riffs and catchy choruses that certainly will be sung along to at concerts. This one is followed up with “Field Of Sorrow” that carries on the signature style with especially powerful riffing and vocals from vocalist Sebastian ‘Seeb’ Levermann.

For me one of the highlights of the album is the ballad-starting ‘Come with me to the Other Side.’ Featuring ex-Theater of Tragedy and ex-Leaves Eyes nightingale Liv Kristine, this one enhances the album with Kristine’s unique, bewitching voice. Then a little later insert the driving drums and heavy guitar riffs, as well as great choruses and ingenious guitar solos. But also, Liv Kristine always knows how to enchant the listeners. Great musical cinema! This is followed by the almost majestic sounding prelude to ‘The Face of Silence,’ but not to worry, double bass and guitar hooks set the accents and make for a powerful tune.

Another highlight for me is “One Last Chance” – straightforward and unfussy, just the way I like it, but the next one is what really stands out.

A song with an addictive nature, ‘Finis Coronat Opus’ lives up to its name as a nine minute epic that’s a magnificent work of art. After the short intro, again all Orden Ogan trademarks are presented as epic melodic lines, bombastic choruses, hard guitar riffs and intricate guitar hooks. This is the icing on the cake and an impressive finish at that.

The two major German print magazines for Rock / Metal saw in Orden Ogan some time ago the successors of bands such as Blind Guardian, Running Wild and Helloween. This statement can only be fully underlined! With Gunmen, the quartet has released an absolute masterpiece of the melodic heavy metal. 9/10

Lineup:

Seeb Levermann – Vocals, Guitars
Tobin Kersting – Guitars
Niels Löffler – Bass
Dirk Meyer-Berhorn – Drums

Label: AFM Records

Out: July, 7th 2017

Duration: 56:47

Track list:

  • Gunman
  • Fields Of Sorrow
  • Forlorn And Forsaken
  • Vampire In Ghost Town
  • Come With Me To The Other Side (feat. Liv Kristine)
  • The Face Of Silence
  • Ashen Rain
  • Down Here (Wanted: Dead Or Alive)
  • One Last Chance
  • Finis Coronat Opus
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