In the grand scheme of heavy metal releases, it has been quite some time since Orden Ogan last rode out with their album ‘Gunman’ back in 2017. Thankfully, the German power metallers are back with their sixth studio album ‘Final Days’.
Without beating around the bush too much, it was going to take a colossal sweep to even touch ‘Gunman’, but as expected Orden Ogan deliver a professional album full of excellent musical passages with an emphasis on melodic dynamics and memorable chorus’ that soar as well as any power metal album from the roaring ‘In the Dawn of the AI’ to the Maiden-esque crowd pleasing singalong of ‘Let the Fire Rain’. However, this only reaffirms what we already know and that is Orden Ogan are exceptional musicians, but where the real power of ‘Final Days’ lies is within the lyrics, what the band offers here are some excellent songs that explore the concept of AI and what emotions would be associated with becoming self-aware and understanding what it would be like to be alive. This is an album which pushes the boundaries out of what Orden Ogan are comfortable with and the band smash it out of the park. Furthermore, the guest appearances from Gus G and Ylva Erikkson are a welcome addition and only serve to enhance this excellent release.
Once again, ‘Final Days’ is the sound of Orden Ogan surpassing themselves and delivering a superb album. It may have been a long time in the making, but my god, it is certainly worth the wait and may be one of the best albums of the year.
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