Thursday 18 January 2018

Orphans Of Doom - Strange Worlds/Fierce Gods (Album Review)

Release date: January 26th 2018. Label: The Company KC. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Strange Worlds/Fierce Gods – Tracklisting

Mythical Sleep
Pleasure Delayer
Return of Supertoad


Jeremy Isaacson – Guitar
Bryan Sedey – Guitar
Greg Koelling – Drums


Orphans Of Doom debut album Strange Worlds/Fierce Gods is a mighty throwback to the good old days of Sludge/Post-Metal with heavy elements of Doom/Stoner Metal grooves. Throw in a dash of psychedelic weirdness and you have an album that takes the early thunderous days of Baroness and injects it with the spaced out worldly sounds of VYGR. This album sets the whole tone and structure of the album with the excellent opening track - Harvest.

As Orphans Of Doom play heavy doomy and sludgy sounds with the impressive harsh growls making a confident appearance. The music veers from heavy sludge/doom and post-metal moments to the more melodic Psychedelic Prog/Stoner moments. Some cool keyboards/organs appear towards the end that reminds me of VYGR's debut album Hypersleep. Orphans Of Doom offer a more complex and perhaps heavier progressive style of music. The chuggish heavy metal guitars that appear towards the end were a very cool surprise. As Orphans Of Doom expertly mix up the different styles of music they play throughout the album.

Second track - Kakegoe - opens with impressive drumming from Greg before the heavy psychedelic guitars appear. The song carries on the chaotic sounds from the opening song and the densely heavy vocals soon gives way to impressive psychedelic guitars that Progressive Sludge Metal fans will find much to enjoy. Orphans Of Doom quickly change styles to a heavier and thrashier style of Doom Metal. The album doesn't shy from its post-metallic roots with the whole mood of the album being eerie familiar but maintaining its own style amongst the progressive nature of the music.

Third song - Mythical Sleep - conveys a much darker story as the vocals are more angrier and the music remains firmly within the realm of Doom/Sludge Metal. The band still shows their mighty range of progressive rock guitar wizardry on this song. Perhaps another reason why Orphans Of Doom are so very hard to describe at times. Sometimes the album feels that a whole bunch of different bands played on certain songs and that's quite impressive indeed. The vocals are perhaps the only constant part of the album that never changes.

Fourth Track - Cephalopod - is perhaps my favourite song on the album as the song has a few Thin Lizzy and Mastodon style moments with the guitars playing a familiar sound.

The second half of the album continues the psychedelic doom/sludge rock odyssey with songs such as Excension, Pleasure Delayer, Return Of Supertoad and Ghosts allowing Orphans Of Doom to experiment with their sound yet again. Psychedelic Rock/Metal is a huge part of Orphans Of Doom's overall sound and that's when the albums most exciting moments happen as well.

No matter which genre you feel most associated within the Doom/Sludge/Stoner and Post-Metal spectrum you cannot deny how good Orphans Of Doom are actually are. They deliver the goods with Strange Worlds / Fierce Gods and I can see why Joshua at The Company KC signed the band to his label.

This is a band with hopefully huge potential and longevity within the Doom/Sludge/Post-Metal scene. When this album is released, I urge you all to check these guys out ASAP. They are definitely ones to look out for.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to The Company KC for the promo. Strange Worlds/Fierce Gods will be available to buy on CD/DD/Vinyl via The Company KC from January 26th 2018.