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Orne: The Conjuration By the Fire

Svart Recors are at it again, this time presenting the debut album from Finnish act Orne, Conjuration By the Fire, as a deluxe double LP reissue, properly mastered for vinyl with bonus tracks. Originally released on the Black Widow label in 2006, Svart have now lovingly set this one out to pasture for all to enjoy once again. Featuring musicians from various backgrounds & genres on the Finnish scene, Orne are a throwback to the glory days of the early '70s progressive rock dynasty. You crave Hammond organ, Mellotron, Fender Rhodes electric piano, guitar, saxophone, flute, bass, and drums, all in one tidy package? Well, there's plenty of that formula here, as the band evoke images of classic acts like Van Der Graaf Generator, Black Widow, Genesis, King Crimson, Pink Floyd, Cressida, Spring, Uriah Heep, Finnforest, and more, but with so many influences running rampant here they don't come across as mimicking any one in particular. There's a healthy dose of atmospheric folk going on here, especially on a tune like "Anton", with its lilting guitar and yearning vocals, or the lovely flute driven "Island of Joy", but for the most part there's a wealth of classic prog in the form of adventurous pieces such as "A Beginning" and the Hammond drenched "Opening By Watchtower". Epic track "Lighthouse" combines the folk & prog, as lush, pastoral acoustic guitars mesh with dramatic Hammond organ and melodic vocals, eventually giving way to soaring flute, heavier guitar patterns and operatic vocals.

This is good stuff here for all those who can't get enough classic '70s sounds. Let's hope we hear more from this little band from Finland in the near future, as this folky prog formula they have going on is quite engaging and I for one am ready for some more.

Track Listing

  1. In the Vault
  2. A Beginning
  3. Anton
  4. Island of Joy
  5. Frontline Dreams
  6. Opening By Watchtower
  7. Lighthouse
  8. A Beginning (demo)
  9. Anton (demo)
  10. Island Of Joy (demo)

Added: July 27th 2013
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Band Facebook Page
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Language: english

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