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Ordained
The Second Coming
October 2000
Released: 2000, Sinternational Records
Rating: 3.2/5
Reviewer: Rick

What do you get when you cross Alice Cooper and W.A.S.P. with equal parts of Forbidden and classic metal? Well you get Ordained of course. When I first got this CD the promo pictures that accompanied it led me to believe that these guys were a black metal band because of the use of makeup and Rob Soul's remarkable likeness with Satyr of Satyricon. I was off the mark a bit. Ordained play a blend of old fashioned thrash ala Forbidden and pure straight ahead metal. They also have a very theatrical stage show that has everything from stone pillars and gargoyles to pitch forks, flash pots, dead baby dolls and the Reverends penchant for drinking hot wax. Very interesting to say the least. Ordained are based out of Massachusetts and state as their goal "to spread to the masses the raw unbridled fury of Heavy Metal!" The band consists of Reverend Christopher Kirshon: lead and backing vocals, Wally Paris: drums and backing vocals, Dean Palokangas: bass and Rob Soul: guitars and backing vocals.



The Second Coming is the bands second CD with their debut, Let Us Prey, being released in 1997. This CD is 13 songs of pure heavy metal. "The Ordained" kicks of the disc with a real thrasher that introduces the screaming vocals of The Reverend who sounds like cross between Russ Andersen of Forbidden and Schmier of Destruction. A nice place to be vocal wise. Up next is the absolute thrasher "Caught in a Trap". Nothing really new on this track but it is a great tune and definitely one of the best on the disc. "Let There Be Death" slows things down just a tad with a more mid tempo track which highlights a very interesting guitar solo by Soul. Other standout tracks include "Destroyer", "I Am The One" which contains some great drumming by Paris, and "Lunatic" which highlights a more subdued vocal style by The Reverend which nicely compliments his normal more over the top delivery. The CD closes out with the track "Golgotha", a slower but still heavy tune.



First let me get to what I didn’t like. I didn’t like the track "Punk You!". This is 2:14 of wasted time. I am not a punk fan and it just ruins the continuity of the disc. Other than that I can’t find anything truly wrong with the disc. At points some of the songs sound slightly the same. Maybe if the disc was a couple of songs shorter it would be better. But who am I to complain about a plethora of metal material?
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Ordained
The Second Coming
September 2001
Released: 2001, Sinternational
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: El Cid

Hailing from Virginia Ordained is a band that doesn’t really fit in any pre-established sub-genre of metal. This CD is excellent, just excellent. I picked it up yesterday from my local Metal Store and the Rick, the usual clerk there, told me that I should listen to this one instead of taking home some Running Wild CD I was going to buy. At first I thought “no way this can top Running Wild…” but then I listened to the first 2 tracks (“The Ordained” and “Caught in a trap”) and I was very intrigued as to what the rest of the album would sound like so I ended up taking The Second Coming home instead of Port Royal.



I don’t know how to describe this best but I’ll try anyways, picture for a moment that you take Motorhead, Testament and Overkill, shove them in a blender and hit FrapĂ©. Out comes Ordained with bass passages that will make you sit back and listen quietly in awe, some very consistent drumming and an excellent guitar work.



At the end of the CD I was pretty impressed and I’ll recommend this to any fans of Overkill, Motorhead or Testament.
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