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Orden Ogan: Gunmen

AFM Records are (rightly) very pleased with Gunmen, "ten hard hitting yet ridiculously melodic songs - no ballads - an album full of Metal hymns!"Anthemic tracks such as the virtual title track "Gunman", the intense "Fields of Sorrow" or the stomping "Ashen Rain" are proof for an exceptional release, but it doesn't end here at all. Actually all ten songs display an immensely high quality level and contribute to the overall picture of the album with mighty, catchy choruses, creativity and diversity." I have always been a little unsure about Orden Ogan but I have to agree with the record company – this is an excellent release and one which far surpasses anything that the band has done before.

This is without a doubt the best power metal 'Wild West' themed album this year (quite a niche genre I know)and is possibly the best sequenced album of the year with a real ebb and flow to it and yes…no ballads! It's difficult to pick out a single track to discuss as they flow well narratively on sonically into each other but there's a very welcome appearance from Liv Kristine on "Come With Me to the Other Side" which leavens out the sometimes pompous machismo of the delivery. Given the Wild West theme, it's very apt that all the tracks gallop along like a horse (with no name) over the desert and give me the opportunity to say that there's absolutely no reason to discuss or reference Blind Guardian in relation to Orden Ogan anymore as they have well and truly stepped out of that particular shadow.

Track Listing:
01. Gunman
02. Fields of Sorrow
03. Forlorn and Forsaken
04. Vampire in Ghost Town
05. Come With Me to the Other Side [feat. Liv Kristine]
06. The Face of Silence
07. Ashen Rain
08. Down Here (Wanted: Dead or Alive)
09. One Last Chance
10. Finis Coronat Opus

Added: July 8th 2017
Reviewer: Simon Bray
Related Link: Band Facebook Page
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Language: english

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