Now here is a debut (full length) CD I have been really anticipating since I heard the single Lady Snow for the first time over a year ago. The mix of a classic NWOBHM infused metal with some really creative songwriting showed that OR had the definitely penchant for being a heavyweight in the ongoing influx of traditional metal. The guitar tone is reminiscent of Iron Maiden, throughout the CD and you can tell that there is definitely some influence there (but come on how many bands aren’t these days?), but there is more going on under the surface. Anyway, this CD is made up of even more of the same with a definite focus on the guitars throughout. The vocals are solid and do work well with the guitar well enough, though not quite as powerful as they could be – particularly in the faster paced, high pitched tempos. During the slower tempos and tracks such as House On Hunt Street they stand out quite a bit better. One thing I want to highlight on is the bass work which is very significant and really helps the overall sound. March Of Madness in particular has some really nice bass work! The band also shows their diversity as they can slow the tempo down and make the songs sound more powerful even when they want to, giving them a very 70’s rock wrinkle to the mix! The production is rather crisp, not quite on par with the European masters of the art maybe, but in itself much better than the average debut album would give you. The final verdict when you throw it all together is an excellent bit of traditional metal that really deserves to stand with the heavy hitters of the movement. Definitely some room for improvement, but the band has great potential and this is a very promising first step as they RISE up to take their rightful place in the modern metal underground scene! If you like this definitely check out their earlier self-titled EP from 2013.
Choice Tracks – Lady Snow, House On Hunt Street, March OF Madness, Sea Of Dreams, Out Of Time, The Rising