Orden Ogan are back with a new album “Final Days” releasing March 12 through AFM Records.
Since their 2017 release they’ve had a quite a lineup change that of course can affect the new music and the sound of the band. I really enjoyed their 2017 release “Gunmen” so the question for me with “Final Days” was, will this be as good or better than the last album or a failure? My question, like many others who’ve followed Orden Ogan is a legitimate one.
From the very start they did a great job grabbing my attention with a blast of music immediately as I started my listening experience. If you’ve read other music reviews I’ve written, you know my feelings on long, slow, drawn out intros. For those of you who haven’t seen my opinion, let’s just say that long, slow, drawn out intros are boring to me and often encourage me to simply skim through an entire album. To me it’s set the stage of being pretentious and often a boring listening experience. For this instant punch of musical flavor, the band definitely peaked my interest on the new album.
Each of the 10 tracks on the CD have thoughtful lyrics questioning the current state of the world today meshed with a science-fiction flare. The songs take hard jabs at how people today live there lives so deeply online and how there must be a change with the built in absurdity of everything we would never think imaginable happening while we all sit back and do nothing about it. I think most all listeners will be able to relate with the feelings of desperation, anger, need for change and look at the world a bit different while commiserating with the album’s topics.
Don’t let me depress you by talking about the hard hitting lyrics either! There’s a ton of great music happening on this album. It’s massive with energizing tempos and elements added to give an intergalactic feel to the sound. Between the lyrics and the music there is this perfect blend of authenticity and out of this world feel to the music that makes it an experience where in one moment you tune into the words, the next the music while trying to grasp it’s entirety. I hate to tell you, but you will have to listen to this album many times to catch everything going on throughout this album. That’s not a bad thing either. Every listen through you’re going to find something new and exciting to grasp onto and that’s not even taking into account Seeb’s vocals. The vocals will just add to the desperation to hear it all!
There are also a couple of guest appearances on this album that you should be aware of. First is the incredible addition of guitarist Gus G. on ‘Interstellar’ (Firewind, Ex Ozzy Osbourne). Then the vocals of Ylva Eriksson on ‘Alone In The Dark’ (Brothers Of Metal). What a great surprise and wow these tracks really sound great. These two tracks added something different to the middle of the CD that I feel gave a new layer to the sound of the album. I think music fans will appreciate these additions.
All in all, this is a great album. For me the verdict is still out on if I feel “Final Days” is better than “Gunmen” as that’s an album I have sat with for a few years now and have not grown tired of. I’d safely say this new album is close or as good as the last, but too close at this time to decide if I feel it’s better. Both albums have incredible arrangements, intensity and beefy guitar riffage with some chugging that meet my desires in an album.
Final thoughts, you want this new album. I think Orden Ogan did an incredible job given all the changes in the band and then the past year of challenges to get the album recorded, mixed and mastered. If you love big, cinematic feeling in your metal, this is definitely a band you should be listening to.
Album: Final Days
Label: AFM Records
Genre: Power Metal
Release Date: 12 March 2021
Rating: 4.5 /5.0
Best tracks: In The Dawn Of The AI, Absolution For Our Final Days, Interstellar (Feat. Gus G.)