street date 13.04.2004
preview- review by Francesco Casale ____
can i say about Orphanage?...I listen carefully to this new release and
i was surprised at the various melodic changes of the single songs or
Sign is the first song...and opens the album with excellence...i
talk about the contrast...opera female voice counterpoint the deep
male growl...mixed with a rhythmic and obsessive guitar and a double
bass drums....it’s difficult to hear the bass but with some
concentration you can hear a little single note and some passages during
the slow section of it....during the whole song in fact the bass is
mixed together with drums creating a deep atmosphere.
little intro of Black Magic Mirror reminds of the songs of
an ancient circus and especially some Tim Burton’s atmosphere (you can
listen to a film-machine noise too), then the song explodes with
Guus...deep and slow, the sound then becomes mellow cause Rosan starts
interesting is the importance of the vocal part...sometimes (like the
beginning of this song) the
voice of Guus is more “important”...but if you reanalyze it after
some minutes, you can say that the lead singer is Rosan...she plays with
these changes of her “melodic part", which liven up the song.
obsessive guitar starts in Prophecies of Fame...with a deep
atmosphere...this develops in crescendo till Guus starts to sing,
exploding with his voice but remaining more melodic than in the previous
songs...a good drum playing from Sureel that works in "controtempo"
(5/4 with double drums).
enters during the second section of atmosphere, making the sound round (i
can’t explain but it seems that the melodic voice of Rosan transforms
it in an unique sound).
Ground is a great explosion of heavy and rhythmic guitar and drums
that pursue closely the voice of Guus. In the middle enters the sweet
voice of Rosan, immediately followed by the growl that repeats in an
obsessive way “dead ground...dead ground”.
song that represents more this album i think is Driven.
last four songs are a nice mix of powerful guitars and slow
ballads...the right songs in order to close an album...one of the
most beautiful is “Beyond the Fall”...a sad and wonderful
ballad...where all the instruments create a single atmosphere that gives
life to Rosan's voice....then a little change, angrier,
and suddenly a calm sound...but maintaining the power of a low–tone
this album is quite repetitive...i due this to the difficulty of joining
together two different realities like Rosan and Guus. But i must say
that in certain songs i can recognize the geniality of the single
composition...where Rosan changes his melodic line joining the main
tonality of the whole song.
a deep dissection of the single track i must say that each musical
elements are edit with a special attention, especially the bass and the
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