Germany’s Orden Ogan, one of the most successful power metal bands of the last decade, released their brand new album, Final Days, on March 12 via AFM Records. Since the band’s last release, the superb “Gunmen“, Orden Ogan have been at the forefront of power metal. The album, once again produced by band leader Sebastian “Seeb” Levermann, is a real smasher and shows that the band is among the best songwriters in heavy metal. “Final Days“ combines finesse with huge riffs, clever arrangements with great melodies and even after the umpteenth spin you still discover something new. All of this is wrapped in a larger-than-life production so what more can one ask for? We caught up with frontman Sebastian “Seeb” Levermann to discuss the new album, its guests performers and actually, the end of the world.
Album opener “Heart Of The Android“ introduces the listener to the album’s Dark Sci-Fi concept.“After creating a Dark Wild West scenery for ‘Gunmen’ and having storylines about monasteries in moorlands (‘Ravenhead’), apocalyptic ice worlds (‘To The End’) and burning cities (‘Easton Hope’), all that remained was the way into space”, grins Seeb.
Watch Heart Of The Android here
Songs like “In The Dawn Of The AI”, “Black Hole”, “Interstellar” or “Hollow” are absolutely Orden Ogan-typical – but even more refined and powerful than ever before. “Let The Fire Rain” is the perfect combination of classic heavy metal (not to say “Dio memory riff”) and big chorus.
With “Inferno” Orden Ogan present their most unusual single release so far, catchy and almost poppy, yet very representative of the band: once you’ve heard it, it will stick with you for a long time.
Check out the video for Inferno here
“Final Days” also features two interesting collaborations. On the song “Alone In The Dark”, a melancholic ballad with symphonic elements, Seeb is supported by Ylva Eriksson (vocalist of Swedish band Brothers Of Metal) and for “Interstellar”, ex-Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Gus G. contributed a solo.
“Final Days” finds its grand finale in the appropriately titled “It Is Over”, an epic track that thematizes the end of the world (caused by an asteroid impact) and culminates in the “last radio broadcast of mankind”, presented in all the world‘s languages. Goosebumps all over.
Orden Ogan have managed to keep their trademarks but also integrated new influences into the sound, which make “Final Days” an extremely exciting album of highest quality.
“Gunmen”, the fifth studio album by the German band and released in July 2017, became by far the most successful work in their history. Chart entries in numerous countries, including #8 in Germany, a well-attended major headlining European tour (with supports Rhapsody Of Fire and Unleash The Archers), slots at almost all important metal festivals worldwide, Orden Ogan “Pirate Cruise” and “Saloon Showdown” special shows both sold out in a blink of an eye. With “Gunmen”, mastermind Seeb and his group reached a new level of popularity. “Final Days” will be released worldwide on March 12 – the bar for future releases (both by Orden Ogan and in the melodic metal scene in general) is now incredibly high.
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