Album Review: Orius- Past Prologue

As I’ve been told by certain other publishers, it’s considered bad form to do a review on an EP, or rather, any musical effort shorter than 31 minutes in length. However, this is NOT a typical EP, which is why I’m more than happy to break the rules once again.

Orius is an unsigned metal band from Buffalo, NY that combines Scandinavian style melodic death metal riffing with Billy Talent/Rush style clean vocals. The band is made up of Ryan Skerrett on lead vocals, Dan Carr on lead guitar, James Brown on bass/unclean backing vocals, Patrick Tierney on guitar and Mike Paquette (Theatre Nocturne) on drums.

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Released on July 20, 2014, their EP, Past Prologue is a perfect example of what I like to call, “tasteful metal”. Let me explain what I mean: Their choruses are catchy, but not so catchy that they lack the metal edge. Their riffs and leads are technical, but not technical to the point of taking away from the song. The screams sporadically come and go, but the placement is always perfect and the clean vocal melodies always soar, to the point of keeping the songs forever interesting. And finally, the drumming is also technical, but just like the riffing, it’s at just that right level of intricacy, so as not to overwhelm anything else going on.

Fans of both newer and older In Flames material will love these guys. And for fans of In Flames’s Colony album (1999), you’ll be happy to know that the 5th and final track on Past Prologue is a cover of IF’s tune, “Embody the Invisible”. I’d also expect fans of Rush, Protest the Hero, At The Gates or Avenged Sevenfold’s Waking the Fallen album to appreciate Orius.

Not sold yet? Check out “End Game”, the opening track on Past Prologue by clicking the link below. And keep yourselves posted on all Orius related happenings by following them on Facebook and Bandcamp.

Don’t fucking sleep on these guys, you metal bums! And as always, stay tuned for more articles!

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2 thoughts on “Album Review: Orius- Past Prologue

  1. Why is it “bad form” to review an EP? Can I kindly suggest you change that line of thinking? The purchase habits of the music-buying public almost ENTIRELY revolve around buying single songs, or streaming. No matter what people claim, no matter what kind of music they listen to. I have the iTunes and Spotify printouts to prove it. Refusing to review anything shorter than an album puts already cash-strapped artists in the incredibly difficult position of having to record 30-plus minutes of music, almost all of which will go unnoticed. The vast majority of people will listen to/buy the first single with the accompanying video. The rest will have cost the artist a boatload of money, and serve only to allow them to say, “We’ve made an album,” for the benefit of reviewers, tour managers, etc. Support singles and EP’s. They’re no longer “filler” or “intro” projects. They are the lifeblood of recorded music.

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    1. Oh, I completely agree with you. I’ve written for other publishers and have always been taught various rules of thumb like that, which I haven’t agreed with. Clearly, I’m on board with reviewing singles, EPs, etc since I reviewed this one. And it’s funny you mentioned singles and EPs being the lifeblood of modern music. Lately, every time my band has gone in to do a full length, our go to sound engineer fires back, “Nope. Single with a video.” Totally true, too. You can’t go wrong.

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