ARTIST:

O.R.K.

(UNITED KINGDOM)
TITLE:

SCREAMNASIUM

(2022)
LABEL:

KSCOPE

GENRE:

ALTERNATIVE ROCK

TAGS:
Technical
"Relegating its complex progressive rock to the attic, O.R.k. delivers with "Screamnasium" a muscular and immediate alternative rock not hesitating to flirt with Hard Rock and Metal."
CORTO1809 (18.11.2022)  
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After two albums of demanding progressive rock, sometimes close to math rock and not without dissonances, O.R.k. had started with "Ramagehead" a sensitive evolution towards an alternative rock sometimes sprinkled with more progressive moments. Three years later, will "Screamnasium" confirm this tendency or go back to roots of the band?

Without a doubt, O.R.k. confirms the evolution of the previous album. The disc delivers a muscular alternative rock with big hard rock effluvia, the whole leaning on a strong technical base. The dissonances and the progressive side of the first two albums have completely disappeared. Forget the references to King Crimson, Robert Wyatt and David Bowie. "Screamnasium" evokes Pain of Salvation or Led Zeppelin, or even a Muse in its contemporary period.

The compositions, very compact, do not leave much room for digressions, keeping the structure of classical songs dominated by the vocal performance of Lorenzo Esposito Fornasari, who does not however overshadow his mates whose technical brilliance is admirably served by a powerful production. Nevertheless, the singer dominates the debates in a performance oscillating between rage and despair, reminding those of Daniel Gildenlöw and Robert Plant, not so much by the tone as by a commitment and intentions close to the two frontmen.

Nevertheless, "Screamnasium" differs from its predecessor by being much more turbulent and agitated, offering very few calm passages, the only really soothed track being the one that closes the album, 'Someone Waits', with its vocal/cello duet. Before it, it is a bubbling maelstrom of energy populated with sharp guitar riffs, a groovy and dancing bass and a twirling and inventive drumming, omnipresent but which plays so intelligently that it avoids any heaviness.

'As I Leave', which opens the album, immediately sets the tone and, if it seduces you, you'll probably find the rest to your liking. The only downside is that this burst of energy without any real respite can get tiresome in the long run. But the album being relatively short, O.R.k. having cleverly known how to avoid filling in, and the compositions being addictive and superbly interpreted, time finally passes very quickly.


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TRACK LISTING:
01. As I Leave (03:57)
02. Unspoken Words (03:39)
03. Consequence (04:11)
04. I Feel Wrong (04:00)
05. Don't Call Me A Joke (03:24)
06. Hope for the Ordinary (04:37)
07. Deadly Bite (03:57)
08. Something Broke (04:17)
09. Lonely Crowd (03:58)
10. Someone Waits (05:34)

LINEUP:
Carmelo Pipitone: Guitares / Choeurs
Colin Edwin: Basse
Lorenzo Esposito Fornasari: Chant / Claviers
Pat Mastelotto: Batterie / Percussions
Elisa: Invité / Chant (3)
Jo Quail: Invité / Violoncelle (10)
   
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NUNO777
18/11/2022
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Un superbe disque que je préfère légèrement au précédent car très mélodique et addictif. Une valeur sûre largement portée par le talent de son chanteur.
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