German power/folk metal band, Orden Ogan, have released a new single called Fields of Sorrow. Fields of Sorrow will feature on the band’s new album called Gunmen. Gunmen will be released on the 7th of July via AFM Records.
Orden Ogan translates as The Order of Fear. They were formed in 1996 by Sebastian Grütling and Sebastian Levermann. Grütling, the drummer, left the band in 2011 leaving Levermann, lead guitars and vocals, as the sole founding member in the band. Alongside him are Tobi on guitars and Niels Löffler on the bass. Finally, on drums, we have Dirk Meyer-Berhorn.
Orden Ogan are a power metal band but have added traditional German folk elements, symphonic sections and more traditional heavy metal sounds to give them a more unique sound.
You certainly get a feel for all those different elements on this single, Fields of Sorrow. The track is almost 7 minutes long and starts off with a fast riffing over a steady drum rhythm. Being power metal in nature, the guitars weave wonderful patterns with swooping leads and intricate melodies.
The vocals are clean, with a little edge to them. Similar to Blind Guardian or bands of that ilk. A big sounding chorus with a higher tone and loads of symphonic backing sounds massive and hooks you in. The lead guitars play a slow, high pitched line during the chorus which matches the vocals and will have you throwing your fists in the air.
The end of the second chorus leads us into a huge dual guitar solo. Each guitar drags you along on a journey while they swoop and soar across different pitches, tones and rhythms. The drums come back in and play a gentle beat while the folk elements join in. I’ll probably get this wrong but it may be a flute that is being played alongside that drum beat.
We are thrown suddenly straight back into that epic sounding chorus with an extended section where the vocals and guitars get louder and higher and more emotional before the end rings out and fades to close.
Fields of Sorrow is everything that is great about power metal. It gives you that feeling that makes the hairs stand up on your arms. It makes you want to throw your arms in the air while bellowing out the lyrics. You feel energised and empowered.
Like a mix between Dragonforce (good Dragonforce) and Blind Guardian, Orden Ogan have released an absolute stormer of a track here. I can’t wait for the whole album.
Check it our for yourself here. Why not head on over to the band’s website and pre order the album. They have some pretty cool packages on offer too. You can also get the album or the single at the links below. Be sure to check out Orden Ogan’s website, Facebook or Twitter for more information on them and their music as well.
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Fields of Sorrow by Orden Ogan (Gunmen)
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