Album Review: Order Of Nine – “Seventh Year Of The Broken Mirror”
Okay, first impressions are, erm, actually this is a bit weird. One of the vocalists sounds not unlike Ozzy Osbourne, but an octave or two lower, while another has the guttural voice of someone spitting insults at you with serious venom. All of this is backed by some pretty heavy music in places, and in others, some truly epic melodic rock.
What it all adds up to is a really interesting mixture of styles, both vocally and musically. Maybe on paper it shouldn’t work, and on first listen it can take some getting your head around. That said though, if you persevere with it, you’ll discover that this album has a great deal to offer any dedicated rock fan.
There’s not much out there that I’ve heard, that sounds anything like these guys, but that can only be a good thing, right? There’s some serious axe work on this album though. The riffs are thick and heavy, and there’s some great licks on it too. What it does really well though, is pound you relentlessly until you’re almost at the point of concussion, only to throw you a massive curve ball, in the way of some soothing piano, or slow melodic guitar, leaving you thinking to yourself WTF?
It’s a great album to listen to though, simply because you have absolutely no clue as to what might happen next. The songs are constructed from the ground up, and intricately weaved together to create glorious soundscapes. It’s very much an album of contrasts, but when things are meant to come together, they come together beautifully. The end result is something quite unique. It’s still a really strange album, but it’s strange in a good way. It will almost certainly keep me coming back time and again, as I’m sure that the first few times you listen to it, you’ll hear something different every time.
It’s a very complex album, and you have to give it your full attention to extract the best from it, but it’s worth the effort that you put into just listening to it, as it will reward you with some of the most intelligent music around. Such a refreshing change from listening to two a penny acts that you get on your good old commercial radio stations…. This is an album that’s definitely worth checking out, especially if you’re after something a little out of the ordinary.