ORDEN OGAN - Gunmen
September 6, 2017, 10 months ago
Have they shot themselves in the foot? Not likely! German power metallers channel American Old West, adopting cowboy paraphernalia, for the latest ten tracks, which once again owe a tip of the (ten gallon) hat to countrymen Blind Guardian. Highly orchestrated opening, “Gunman” (singular, as opposed to plural album title) was also selected as single/video track. “Fields Of Sorrow” with an omnipresent undercurrent of buzzing guitars has a different feel, although still with multiple voices. “Forlorn & Forsaken” marries that driving staccato guitar and Guardian's synth-onic grandeur. What good would a cowboy be without a horse?
Well in lieu of one there's the galloping “Vampire In Ghost Town” one of the strongest inclusions. Begun as if it will be a ballad, “Come With Me To The Other Side” featuring a guest appearance by Live Kristine (ex-Leaves Eyes), fits nicely alongside the non-accompanied material. “The Face Of Silence” ends with a cappella chorus of voices (Van Canto, what hath thou wrought?) A more modern sounding “Ashen Rain” is one of the shorter tunes, as is 3:15 follow-up “Down Here (Wanted: Dead or Alive)”, both undernourished from a band who's not afraid of embellishment. “Finis Coronat Opus”, as the name implies, ends the disc. It's a kitchen sink approach to songwriting, even with electronic/industrial scratching to commence. Amazing production assures that if you loved Orden Ogan before, there's little chance that Gumen will shoot any holes in such adoration. Available as a bonus digi, with DVD of entire Wacken 2016 performance.