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BAND/AUTHOR:

ORKHYS

(FRANCE)

TITLE:
AWAKENING (2020)
LABEL:
AUTRE LABEL
GENRE:
HEAVY METAL

""Awakening" is a beautiful effort, which seduces by its original metal orientation and by the softness of its symphonic and folkloric ornamentations."
THIBAUTK - 16.10.2020 - (0) minds from our readers - (6) comment(s)
3/5
Orkhys is a french band at a crossroads. Coming from symphonic metal, it punctuates its music with Celtic elements. After two years of hard work, it publishes his first EP "Awakening"... An awakening of the senses by which the band transmits its music, its influences and especially its cultural heritage. The music "[...] combines the legends of ancient times, the Celtic and folk sounds of our ancestors with powerful riffs [...]". Thus between folk atmospheres and heavy riffs almost thrash, the musicians did not want to impose themselves any barrier.

The songs are based on an energetic metal in the purest symphonic tradition of Nightwish or Visions of Atlantis: percussive riffs, fast rhythm and symphonic ornamentations ('Guardians of Our Lives'). The strength of the EP lies in this desire to be metal before being symphonic, as the energetic 'Rest of The Braves' or the percussive and direct 'The End Of Lies' proves.

Laurène's voice brings a special flavor to the songs and a spicy touch, even if it sometimes seems to be in the background. Her voice is charming and full of energy, both in her lyrical version ('Rest of The Braves') and in the metal version ('The End of Lies'). The vocals navigate between the magical intonations of Maggie Reilly (Mike Oldfield) and the warm, soft and fragile vocals of Ana Torroja (Mecano).

The musicians want to break away from the classical structures by bringing folk sounds worthy of Mike Oldfield, especially through the harp played by the singer, or multiple variations. The songs flirt with progressive metal and oscillate between the fluidity of catchy lyrical metal, the softness of symphonic passages and the fullness of country folk touches. Thus 'Guardians Of Our Lives' and 'Rest Of The Braves' offer rhythm changes, multiple riffs and varied vocals. Finally 'The End Of Lies' is more direct and immediate, relying on a more powerful, almost thrash score.

"Awakening" is a beautiful effort that seduces by its powerful metal music and the softness of its symphonic or folk ornamentation. This beautifully crafted EP is soft and refreshing as ice cream on a hot summer day.

More informations on https://www.facebook.com/orkhysband/



SIMILAR BANDS:
NIGHTWISH, VISIONS OF ATLANTIS

TRACK LISTING:
01. The End Of Lies
02. Guardians Of Our Lives
03. Rest Of The Braves


LINEUP:
Brice Druhet: Guitares
Jean-yves Chateaux: Batterie
Julien Lancelot: Basse
Laurène Telennaria: Chant / Harpe


TAGS:
Celtic, Female voice
 
 
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THIBAUTK - 17/10/2020 20:51:01
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Jai beaucoup aimé ce mélange de puissance brute, parfois même brutale (blat et riff tharsh presque death, ambiances black) et passages très doux et soyeux. J'aime beaucoup la voix, très folk parfois (comme Maggie Reilley, 'Moonlight Shadow') et très douce, pop comme Mecano ou Mylène Farmer à d'autre moments. Puis la voix est souvent plus rock que lyrique...
TORPEDO - 16/10/2020 10:55:28
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Tout à fait... C'est pourquoi mes oreilles sensibles sont bien plus attirées par un "Garden Of Our Lives" que les autres titres qui restent cependant tout à fait écoutables (j'aime moins "Rest of the braves" que je trouve trop agressif)
STRUCK - 16/10/2020 10:51:34
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Ces différents styles ne sont pas forcément à l'intérieur d'un même titre. Ecoute par ailleurs le titre 'The Ends of Lies', le riff est clairement typé thrash... Vraiment intéressant de voir comment ils vont évoluer par la suite ?
TORPEDO - 16/10/2020 10:46:32
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Tout à fait mon cher @struck même si dans le titre cité, je n'ai pas vraiment ressenti de cassure si prononcé. Dans mon souvenir, certains titres de Nightwish pouvaient être bien rentre dedans (dans Once par exemple). Après je ne suis pas un spécialiste du genre, ni des riffs Thrash en général ;-)...
STRUCK - 16/10/2020 10:28:39
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Oui mais comme évoqué dans la chronique, le charme de cette découverte est de ne pas seulement reprendre les codes du metal symphonique en y intégrant des riffs plus "extrêmes" et des ambiances folk à quelques moments. On attend de voir la suite début 2021 si on en croit les propos relayés dans l'interview !
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