Orbit Culture
Redfog


4.5
superb

Review

by Mason USER (58 Reviews)
January 5th, 2019 | 12 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A combination of intense grooves and impassioned emotional moments make Redfog one of 2018's finest metal releases.

Hailing from the depths of southern Sweden, Orbit Culture are a four-piece melodic death metal band that takes the occasional cue from other subgenres, such as groove and progressive metal. With a set of diverse influences listed in their biography including the likes of Humanity’s Last Breath, Meshuggah, and Gojira, the four Swedes are bound to have a recipe for creating brilliant and engaging metal. The experience they have gained in such a short period of time is worthy of note, as Redfog is well worth remembering for those who’ve witnessed it.

Within the span of roughly thirty minutes, you’re met with what’s best described as a mixture of melodic and groovy instrumental passages delivered in an intensely passionate form. Lead singer Niklas Karlsson shows the listener a wide range of vocal styles, transitioning between soul-crushing screams and gritty, melodic cleans seamlessly. His influence doesn’t overpower the rest of the mix, as the groovy passages on the title track “Redfog”, “Saw”, and “Way of the Masses” are still primarily driven by drummer Markus Bladh’s hand. Bass is audible as well, and Fredrik Lennartson’s impact on the instrumentation is all-but-forgotten in a sea of bands that mistreat their bass players. When the music eventually slows down, such as on “See Through Me” and “The Newborn One”, the band retains their inspiration and musical strength. Another note is that despite every song surpassing the five minute mark, the band doesn’t overstay their welcome in any capacity.

The lyrics take a much darker and more personal turn than is usually the case in this style of metal, and Redfog is all the better for it. “See Through Me” sees singer and primary writer Niklas Karlsson lamenting about loneliness and feeling as if he has nobody to lean on during his darkest hour, whilst also potentially serving as a vague social critique of environmental destruction with lines such as “explain / everything that's right and what's wrong with our falling earth” in the song’s bridge. “The Newborn One” tackles the subject of the afterlife, “Way of the Masses” provides more social critiques, and “Saw” seems to entail a desire to push through the writer’s mental instability. While not wholly invested in wallowing in one’s own misery, the more personal touches to Karlsson’s lyricism combined with his passionate delivery do increase the emotional strength of the music a fair bit.

Orbit Culture are a band that desperately needs far more attention than they get, and this thirty minute trek into the mind of Niklas Karlsson is living proof of that. His production capabilities are equally noteworthy; Redfog truly sounds massive, similar to the likes of Gojira’s The Way of All Flesh in its scope. Their mixture of melodic death metal and groove metal is sonically dynamic and well-constructed to begin with, but it’s the amount of drive that the four Swedes that make up Orbit Culture possess that makes the whole experience worthwhile. I’m looking forward to what they have to offer in the future.



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AgentDeathbat
January 5th 2019


9984 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

A little shorter than previous reviews, sure, but length was beginning to be an issue for my writing, so what better way to start my 2019 reviewing schedule than a severely overlooked EP from the year before?

SymbolicInTime
January 5th 2019


4603 Comments


Nice write-up my guy! Pos! Definitely going to add this to my Spotify saves to check. Sounds like something I’d really dig

Digging: Queen - Queen II

AgentDeathbat
January 5th 2019


9984 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

@Wonder: Ayo, thanks! You'll definitely dig this a fair bit.

Toondude10
January 5th 2019


13900 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

that album art is sick, gonna check this out

Toondude10
January 5th 2019


13900 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this slaps, groovy af



the only think that kinda drags it down is the cleans, they're pretty bland, but those harsh vocals are fantasic.

AgentDeathbat
January 5th 2019


9984 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

@Toon: I dig the cleans too, but regardless, this is such a massive EP, I have high hopes for this band's future.

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
January 6th 2019


9653 Comments


That’s some pretty neat art

AgentDeathbat
January 6th 2019


9984 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

@Nocte: Right? You can see more work from the people who designed Redfog's art here: http://abominationimagery.com/main/

frozencarl
January 10th 2019


711 Comments


yea the James Hetfield cleans are such a turn off to otherwise really good songs.

@toon have you listened to their last album? there are significantly less cleans on that one

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splinter
March 9th 2019


514 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This might be one of the best albums I've ever heard in my entire life

Digging: Wolves at the Gate - Eclipse

Toondude10
March 9th 2019


13900 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

relistening to this and Rasen



still rules, these guys need a lot more attention

Toondude10
March 14th 2019


13900 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

apparently their drummer left last year



that's a shame, he was really good in this. hopefully they'll find someone great to replace him.



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