Orgone (PA)
The Goliath


4.0
excellent

Review

by Channing Freeman STAFF
October 13th, 2008 | 27 replies | 7,443 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: outside, the sun is turning into a red giant beginning.

From the steel mills of Pittsburgh, Orgone play a technical mix of death metal and grind, sort of like a heavier Between the Buried and Me without the autotune and with more intelligence. 2007's The Goliath is a concept album about, well, a Goliath, the physical manifestation of one man's frustrations with life and society. Sound pretentious? Definitely, but Orgone's unique brand of thinking man's metal is a breath of fresh air in the stagnating metal world; they're a band that's willing to resist the trend of slow-burning sludge metal that seems to have worn out its welcome before it really even got here.

Opening track "Lessons of Mesopotamia (The Century of Filth)" starts things off with a bang, with Orgone wasting no time in introducing the listener to their technical prowess and raspy growling. Within the breakneck guitar playing, Orgone's one weakness becomes readily apparent - sometimes the playing seems sloppy when it gets too fast. As impressive as the music and songwriting are, a few of the leads seem rushed and messy, but thankfully moments like that are few and far between on The Goliath. As "Lessons..." progresses to the halfway mark, the band slows down, with guitarist Stephen Jarrett playing a gorgeous progression and lead underneath the screaming before the song spirals back into brutality. It's probably the best representation of what Orgone as a whole are capable of - an impressive stew of original songwriting and instrumental talent.

Comparing them to other bands, the phrase that seems to best define Orgone is "a smarter version of [insert technical/brutal death/grind/whatever band here]." A mishmash of Cynic's quirks, Cryptopsy's guitar work, and Neurosis' grinding heaviness, it's surprising that more people haven't heard of Orgone. At around a half hour in length, The Goliath is a brief blast of metal that never overstays itself; Orgone have mastered the art of concise, interesting songs impressively within their brief history. These songs have the essentials and not much else, a welcome change within a music scene where bands seem to love adding a thousand unnecessary details into their songs. A few samples here and there, a few interesting drone-y atmospheric parts...other than that, Orgone play only what's necessary. They seem to realize that a band's strength should lie in the songs, not ridiculous add-ons and novelties. "Vowelic Drone," a two and a half minute long atmospheric bridge is the closest Orgone get to any sort of metal trend, and even that song just adds positively to the feeling and mood of the album. "Bamboo Cannons (Loaded with Dust)" is the best example of their back-to-basics approach to metal, a short song filled with blazing technicality and brutal riffs; if this were 2003 Orgone could be criticized for clinging to trends, but in 2008 The Goliath seems fresh despite its throwback nature. It's a breath of air that's at once fresh and familiar, and the album is all the better for it.

When you think about it, Orgone's music seems like the perfect template for a slower, sludgier sound, and they even sort of get there on the last track, with its slower, meandering intro and pinch harmonic leads, but Orgone have instead chosen to speed things up when everyone else seems to be slowing (and tuning) things down. A mix of technicality, brutality, originality, and beauty this strong and intelligent should have the band poised for a breakthrough into the upper echelons of metal...if only things worked that way.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
rasputin
October 13th 2008



14504 Comments


Nice.

bastard
October 13th 2008



3435 Comments


hey chan,

good review.

JumpTheF**kUp
October 13th 2008



2708 Comments


v. good review, do want album

poweroftheweez
October 13th 2008



1289 Comments


Yeah dude, awesome work.

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
October 13th 2008



4925 Comments


8)
I read it, it's good

P13
October 13th 2008



1327 Comments


took my advice now did you!
getting this because of the first sentence

scalara
October 13th 2008



71 Comments


i want your cock

Elixirs
October 13th 2008



93 Comments


is this band from panama

sounds exotic

Hawks
October 13th 2008



33363 Comments


Never heard of this band even though I live about a half an hour away from Pittsburgh.

any14doomsday
October 13th 2008



678 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Excellent review. I disagree on the rating, these guys aren't that good. 3 maybe a 3.5 I'm not sure yet. I have had this for a while but I forgot about it.

Wizard
October 13th 2008



18793 Comments


This sounds awesome. Checking this out right now. Good work like usual Chan the man!

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Essence
October 13th 2008



3561 Comments


Wiz, get on MSN before I pimp slap yo face.

einsteinsbiscuit
October 13th 2008



21 Comments


Quality.

SKUDstorm
October 26th 2008



136 Comments


I've listened to "The Goliath (Drained Trough of
Resistance)" and I must say I'm definitely picking up this album.

weareshadenow
September 17th 2009



175 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Wat.

wacknizzle
January 2nd 2012



11953 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Good review although I don't agree with that BTBAM comment. More intelligence no, more serious musically yes. This shit is real serious

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wacknizzle
January 2nd 2012



11953 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

More people need to listen to this because they've been blue balling everyone with the Joyless Parson. It was supposed to come out 3 years ago and they still keep moving the release date back! Come the fukk on Steve Jarrett you classically trained little shit, The Joyless Parson better be the best goddamn album ever if it takes 3 oh now it's 4 years because it's 2012 just to get mixed and mastered and you've already promised another album after that! WTF?!!! Hurry before the hype fades, you've got that epic Apparatus interview backing you up, I just don't know if that site will last much longer and it seems like they're the only people who remember you guys.

Nikkolae
January 27th 2012



4399 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

horree shit this is awesome

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ChuckyTruant
June 12th 2012



15582 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah 6-8 min long songs with no repeating guitar parts is impressive, but it becomes very monotonous and if theres no repetition then structure gets lost

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wacknizzle
November 7th 2012



11953 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Too metalz for you. Lessons of Mesopotamia, the title track, and Vomited Hyacinths are perfection. But yeah The Joyless Parson is better.



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