Reviews for Black Metal, Death Metal and some Ambient! The concept behind this site is to do full discography reviews. I will do my best to track down an entire discography to celebrate a band's evolution. I'm pretty strict on sticking to those genres, so please don't request I review something else. I also buy the vast majority of all the things I review and I don't really take promos from labels or demos from bands. If you're worth hearing, I will probably find you.
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Ork - Blessed by Evil
Folter Records, 2000
Genre: Black Metal
1. Beneath the Veil of Mystery
2. Black Soul Desire
3. Riding through the Carpathian Snowpaths
4. Alone and Immortal
5. Blessed by Evil
Ork is a semi-random purchase.
It’s random in the sense that I have never heard of this band before, it’s
not random in the sense that it is released by Folter Records. In my interest to own all the Folter releases
I picked this up. I don’t know how this
band progressed over the years at all and maybe I will find this out later, but
for now this is their debut full length.
I am happy to report that my decision to buy this based on Joerg
releasing the album was a good one. Once
again Folter has not let me down in introducing me to a new and good band. However, I should stress that they are not
really a great band. I think many
critics out there would consider Folter as releasing fairly “safe” bands
overall. Bands which, on their own, are
actually very good, but are not good enough to move the genre forward in a lot
of cases. That doesn’t stop me from
wanting Folter releases, because while Ork may not be bringing anything new to
the genre, they are excellent at performing a tried and true method of Black
Metal. I don’t always want to listen to
ground breaking bands or bands that are so avant-garde you may as well put
their CD’s in an art gallery. Sometimes
I just want solid and well performed Black Metal and that’s exactly what Ork is
giving us. At times the bands guitar
work reminds me a bit of what Trimonium does, but not nearly as good. Even though Ork was around long before Trimonium, I feel like Trimonium just did it better. Ork is a little more general in their
approach and they layer leads rather sparingly against the rhythms. The vocals are very monotonous and I do wish
the vocal performance was a little more dynamic. There is a little bit of keyboard flair
throughout the album, but it is used very little. I am thankful for this, because drowning
guitar lines like this in keyboards would just be a poor choice. When they do use extended keyboard sections
it is actually rather far away in the mix, so it never overwhelms the music at
all. I really appreciate this for sure.
While not one of Folter’s must hear bands, this is certainly a
solid release. I can’t imagine any Black
Metal fan outright hating this. In fact
the only complaint that would come out is that it is a fairly generic release
of music that has already been written.
I am a little more liberal in my view of this stuff… I just like well
performed Black Metal. For me I stumble
upon too much poorly performed and poorly written material, so I feel
appreciative when I hear a band that can at least perform the music well. Ork is definitely worth checking out if you’ve
exhausted all your essential bands to hear.