ORION – On The Banks Of Rubicon e.p. (CD)
Imagine progressive rock mixed up with a lethal dose of death metal, and you’ve an emotionally creative band like Orion. Sounds interesting, huh? Wait ‘til you check out Orion’s debut e.p. “On The Banks Of Rubicon”, and you’ll hear clearly sung vocal lines with the more brutal death metal style influenced by George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher of Cannibal Corpse.
Orion is definitely not the most unique progressive death metal band in the world, but they play their songs so convincingly, you feel every ounce of their pain and mental agony. The four tracks on offer here are blisteringly brilliant, which just fly by you in an instant, as they suck you right into your speakers and subdue your soul for further torture. The production and sound is pretty good on this e.p., and certainly brings out the band’s best quality within their songwriting and arrangements. Just one listen to the atmospheric and tripped out vocals and guitars on “Astral”, and you’ll feel you’re caught in Orion’s world of peaceful violence, which is pretty daunting to say the least.
For now, you will have to be satisfied with this four-track e.p., but I am quite positive that their future full length CD will blow your brains out. [Transcending Obscurity] Sarjoo Devani