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Released: 2010, Violent Journey Records
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen
Ordog (or ´the Devil´ in the Hungarian language) is probably the most northernmost Funeral Doom Metal band I can think of at the moment, collecting their depression and thoughts of all things ´not-so-overly-happy´ in a small northern Finnish town called Tornio. The band´s been around for 5 years and done several recordings already off which the band´s 3rd 7-track full-length studio album – titled REMORSE, is the first one reaching my awareness in this dark, frost and snow filled year 2010 Anno Bastardi.
And I am glad it did. Unlike many other similar sounding acts crawling out under this specific genre, Ordog ain´t fearing of breaking their Funeral Doom Metal mould from here and there a little bit by throwing in some faster parts that definitely add their own welcomed spices into the band´s sludg-ish and very melancholic Funeral Doom Metal feast. The well played and thought out piano and synth-driven parts also bring in some flickers of hope into Ordog´s overall somehow exhausted world of murky sounds, even if the band´s main stress is certainly on those creepy and depressive moments where one starts feeling a strange yet compulsive need to go and cut his/her wrists (A fair warning might be appropriate here: Watch your state of mentality before you place this disc into your CD-player!).
What I have noticed over the years, it looks like the more northern you live, the more depressive, dark and suicidal sounding stuff you are able to conjure up from your collective mind. At least Ordog doesn´t prove this fact wrong at all, but sink us all with their grandeur manifest of lethal depression and melancholy. Their excellence at reaching some certain deep states of sorrowfulness on REMORSE – with its all shades of colours, can neither be ignored nor denied.
01. Human Shell
06. Boneyard Horizon
07. Meant to Be an End
Aleksi Martikainen - Vocals
Valtteri Isometsä - Guitar, bass and drums
Olli-Pekka Rissanen - Bass
Jani Niemelä - Drums
Jussi Harju - Keyboards
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