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Orden Ogan 'Final Days' Album Review by Allyson Kingsley

Orden Ogan

Final Days

AFM Records

March 12, 2021

Album Review By Allyson Kingsley

Boston Rock Radio

 

 

One may believe that Final Days from the German power metal giants Orden Ogan would be about our pandemic situation and perhaps a good dig into the lyrics may point to some references; it is entirely a sci-fi based concept album. Their mascot character is Alistair Vale and the album's themes are about the rise of machines and perhaps what would happen should Al become a self-aware cyborg. I've never been a huge fan of sci-fi based concept albums, especially when it becomes repetitive throughout every album for a band. Instead, I'll focus on their overall musicianship.

A little catching up first. In 2019 guitarist Tobias Kersting was replaced by Patrick Sperling and bassist Niels Loeffler also moved onto guitar duties. Xandria's Steven Wussow moved onto bass and vocalist/band founder Seeb continues also on guitar and keyboards Just to spice things up, guitarist Gus G (Firewind) features on the song "Interstellar."  Seems to be quite the wall of guitar sound. 

Final Days is a decent enough album chock full of your typical power metal riffs and melodies. I'm glad the album’s themes steer clear of the current political climate because heaven knows we need a damn break from the constant onslaught. From "In the Dawn of Al" to "Let the Fire Rain" and throughout each track to the closer "It Is Over", we are treated to infectious and ambitious grooves that propel us forward and immerse you in the traditional anthemic power metal soaking we've come to love over the years. My choice pick is "Interstellar" obviously, being a huge fan of Firewind makes Gus G's riffs unmistakable.

Although they are fine musicians, I would really like to see them part ways with concept albums and sci-fi themes and realize that those things are not necessary to the ever expanding power metal subgenre.

  

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Score:

Musicianship: ⅘

Lyrics: ⅗

Metal factor: ⅘

Overall Impression: ⅗


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