Review Summary: “Unconventionalism” personified, yet controlled so as to be effectively absorbed.
With the innumerable generic metal acts overtaking the music market it’s hard to weed[favorite word] out worthwhile artist’s, yet, in fact, many may have given up altogether and succumbed to the stagnancy every so present. Finding something different and worthwhile can be a rewarding aspect in itself. For is it not true, the reason we all strive for new and fresh material is due to the dormant marketplace’s constant release of rotten apple after rotten apple. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could pick a fresh apple straight from the tree while in its prime, peak season? Obscure death metal band Orgone, from Pennsylvania, is just that and more. They create some of the most unique and delectable music you can find. The interesting thing is one would guess such inimitable music would be hard to digest, and while this may be somewhat true, Orgone’s second LP attempt, “The Joyless Parson”, balances a taste of music that takes a little dedication to fully absorb while holding compositions that fuse perfectly into the next; giving off a seem less quality that feels smooth like warm showers hitting your yearning cold skin.
This 7 track masterpiece has 3 songs that are over 10 minutes in length, 3 fillers, and 1 track just under 5 minutes in length totaling about 45 minutes in runtime. The intro filler “Scrying” plays off a mid tempo droning feel that plays off various textures until it crescendos into the meaty self titled track. The listener in then taken through a plethora of unconventional, techy guitar riffs. The feel is as if your listening to a classical virtiouso unleashing every bit of expression without regard to the listeners understanding. While this could deter some, those wishing for a fresh outlook of un-conformity will be greatly blessed. The tempos on this track as well as many others will without notice change tempos but it still feels like it was meant to be. While songs with other bands repeat several phrases and passages Orgone’s riffs are seldom ever heard more than once and even then a strong sense of cohesiveness can be felt. The lengthier tracks are full of excitement which seldom becomes boring. This is due to the mature nature of using tempo changes to their benefit which is the purpose of the fillers as well as occurrences during dynamic inter-song passages.
Drummer Justin Wharton and guitarist Steve Jarrett really push the boundaries of Orgone’s capabilities. In “Void of Course” they represent the song title quite well with abstract notions with well placed tempo “stops” and hooks that never leave the listener feeling awkward or left behind. Dancing between melodic ideas and technicality they provide a basis for bassist Andrew Ransom to follow along with a jazzy “walking the bass” approach that places emotions into uncharted territories. There is always a forward motion to felt as outward intentions of furtherance manifest themselves through careful thought and perseverance. The blend of high notes and low notes is almost always present and they are used effectively to breathe life into areas where strong voids could otherwise be present. The piano filler/interlude to the epic closer allows a sense of serenity to be absorbed into the listener with the purpose of opening your “third eye” which is the philosophical thought of seeing things that are normally unseen. With the closer “Circulated Treason” the hearer is graced with the final blow to tie everything into one which comes unexpectedly as it leaves, leaving the listener craver for another run.
Orgone shows that music is not stagnant and just requires a certain mindset with musical goals that are higher than the sky to accomplish such feats. They were not afraid to present there all and expect each one of you to approach their music with the same open mind they first expressed. May the future of Orgone be strong and inspirational.