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Orgy
Vapor Transmission


4.0
excellent

Review

by SubtleDagger USER (35 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 27 replies


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist


The Band:
Jay Gordon - Vocals
Ryan Shuck - Guitar
Amir Derakh - Guitar Synth
Paige Haley - Bass
Bobby Hewitt - Drums

Bio (ftom mtv.com):
This Southern California, USA-based sleaze rock outfit rose to prominence in the USA as the first signings to Korn's Elementree label, and in the early years of the new millennium did much to rejuvenate the industrial metal scene pioneered by forefathers Ministry and Nine Inch Nails. The five members, who came together in 1997, were all veterans of the Los Angeles metal circuit. Ryan Shuck (guitar) had played with Korn vocalist Jonathan Davis in Sex Art, Bobby Hewitt (b. Bobby Fernandez; drums) played with the Electric Love Hogs, Paige Haley (bass) was a member of various under performing LA bands, while Amir Derakh (guitar synthesizer) had recorded two albums with bog standard 80s metal act Rough Cutt. In the mid-90s, Derakh teamed up with Jay Gordon (vocals) to produce Coal Chamber's debut album.

Orgy's creative spark was captured on their 1998 debut Candyass, which was produced by Josh Abraham and recorded in a secluded cabin near Lake Tahoe on the Nevada border. The album demonstrated the band's relentless, abrasive rhythmic attack processed by computer and complemented by contrasting melodic hooks. Their first self-composed single, "Stitches", was not successful, but their cover version of New Order's "Blue Monday", became a highly popular US radio hit. The band's liberal use of make-up, meanwhile, drew comparisons to both Marilyn Manson and the New Romantic bands of the early 80s. Buoyed by the success of "Blue Monday" and the band's appearance on Korn's Family Values tour, Candyass quickly achieved platinum status in America. The follow-up, Vapor Transmission, wisely did not alter the winning formula and broached the US Top 20.

Overview:
I think this is easily Orgy's best album to date. While Candyass only offered a few memorable tracks in my mind ("Stitches", "Blue Monday", "Fetisha") and suffered from production issues, this album shines in both departments. The mix is about as perfect as it can be. Every instrument is audible at all times, the synths are fantastic (possibly the best synths I've ever heard on a record), and the arrangements are phenomonal. The production is what makes this album.

Almost every song is epic and contains great performances by all of the band members. What turns most people off from this band is the songwriting: most of the lyrics on this album concern technology, fashion, or something of the sort. Don't be thrown off, though - this is heavy music. It's just the lyrics may be a bit too formulaic for some. The rare exception would be "Eva", which is probably the most heartfelt song Orgy have ever done. Not exactly a ballad, but definitely gentler than most Orgy songs.

Honestly, if you can get past the lyrics, there are some amazingly arranged songs here. "Fiction (Dreams In Digital)", "Opticon", "The Oddyssey", and "Dramatica" are great examples, but the pinnacle of the album for me is probably "Eyes-Radio-Lies", an epic climax of a song that exemplifies everything Orgy does so well. The album lags a bit during the end... "Chasing Sirens" is an average track, while the closer "Where's Gerrold" is the only big letdown, but the bonus track is pretty good and may redeem the bad ending "Gerrold" provides. Almost every track besides those two are good, and nothing really feels like filler.

Also, what Gordon lacks in the writing department he makes up for in his vocal arrangements. He has an uncanny ability to take lyrics that aren't even close to rhyming or have no real sort of semblance and somehow make them fit into a song's structure perfectly. He could probably take a written essay or paragraph and make it a decent lyrical composition.

In comparison to their first effort, Vapor Transmission was a major step up for the band, and in my opinion is still the defining moment in their musical careers. This is what they should strive for more often... it feels unique and original, and still makes for a great listen. 4/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
pixiesfanyo
May 12th 2004


1223 Comments


I like the Dreams in Digitial song..but everything else was kind of eh to me

Theleftside2
May 13th 2004


36 Comments


I haven't really heard this album completely.

Candyass had its moments though.

I might just look for this one And give it a complete listen. :thumb:

SubtleDagger
May 13th 2004


737 Comments


Yes, you will enjoy it. I'd say it's quite better than Candya[i]ss[/i].

rest_in_pieces
July 15th 2004


22 Comments


Definitely better than Candyass.

It's a shame that Punk Statik Paranoia bombed. A bit of a letdown really.

bruise_pristine
July 15th 2004


66 Comments


Vapor Transmission is a decent album, but I still prefer Candyass over this album.

Kaden
July 15th 2004


222 Comments


I love Orgy, I don't have any of their albums though. I'll look into this one, although my favorite song of theirs is Blue Monday.

SubtleDagger
July 15th 2004


737 Comments


DO NOT GET CANDYASS.

It sucks really, really bad.

rest_in_pieces
July 15th 2004


22 Comments


Only buy Punk Statik Paranoia if you find it reduced. Or just download the good tracks, seeing as it only has 9 songs on it. Then the mix is watered down to 4 parts good songs and 5 parts crap.

VT was definitely the highlight of their career and most likely always will be, as judging by PSP I doubt they'll get a deal to produce another album.

EDIT:

Just a bit of Vapour Transmission trivia:

'Eva' was one of the band member's mom (I forget which one). They all used to practise in her garage and they wrote that song after she died.

NuMetalMania
December 12th 2005


325 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0



"Yes, you will enjoy it. I'd say it's quite better than Candyass. "



"Definitely better than Candyass."



Lads, anything is better then Candyass lol what a shocking album it was, i havnt heard anything from this album, so i must go out and buy it.





the-art-of-darkness
January 22nd 2006


3 Comments


NuMetalMania you are a compete fool!!!
I showed you songs off candyass and you liked em, you even went out and learnt some of the songs on drums you to**er!!!
P.S As I Lay Dying, Children Of Bodom, Trivium, Cradle Of Filth. RULE!!!

Honeymoon_Croon
May 14th 2006


297 Comments


I actually prefered Candyass to this.
PSP did suck, though.
This one was in between the two.

racerX71
May 30th 2007


73 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i love this album. jay gordon's voice is the best.

spades777
October 2nd 2007


17 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

One of the most solid albums to come out during the nu-metal flood (though the band themselves have little to do with said genre), almost every song on here is a satisfyingly good mix of electronica, industrial riffs and great dramatic vocals care of the very talented jay gordon.

ianjulian
July 18th 2009


645 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

beatiful liras

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bloc
February 1st 2010


64156 Comments


SUCKAFACE YOU'RE SPECIAL

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JesusV4
July 18th 2010


391 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This was pretty bad.

acADHDemy
July 18th 2010


1114 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

guilty by design shes nothing more than fiction

ant grallen
March 29th 2012


3 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Where's Gerrold was not a big let down. That song is wicked. One of my favorite Orgy songs

TY2810
August 9th 2012


110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this band was ridiculous... but I always liked this album, definitely their best by a long shot

tcat84
October 5th 2013


1303 Comments


Yeah they had some talent, can't believe they wrote a song as good as Blue Monday



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