Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Orrery - Nine Odes to Oblivion

'Nine Odes to Oblivion'

Review by Elek Malcolm-Madill

Genre/s:   Depressive Suicidal Black Metal, Atmospheric Black Metal, Dark Ambient, Instrumental
For Fans Of: Woods of Desolation, Drudkh, Austere, Moon, Striborg, I Shalt Become
Favourite Track: V

Crashing through, as the title would suggest, nine tracks dedicated to "oblivion" (trust me I wish it was that oblivion) Orrery are a three-piece instrumental black metal outfit from Tasmania. Largely sprawling atmospheric tracks devoid of vocals, the nine odes often have brief, lighter periods of instrumentation similar to those of "Songs of Grief and Solitude" by Drudkh, but a lot grimmer and unpolished. Despite being instrumental, the tracks work in unison pretty well because of the shorter songs in-between to break up the longer ones, and they make good use of tangier strings with choir-like reverb to back it up; not a huge breakthrough in the realms of dsbm, sure, but they still managed to pull it off in a really well flowing way. Even reaching into some dark ambient with heavy use of strained, but again oddly choir-like (or even ironically angelic) keyboards on tracks like "VIII" make Orrery's direction and flow in the album impossible to downplay when listening to it. These oddly choir-like aspects of the nine odes, however, don't start out this way; its a gradual build-up from the chaos of "I"to the peaceful acoustic finisher "IX"- probably reflecting the "oblivion" they've been hailing throughout the album (along with it just the end of the album as well, obviously).

1. I (8:32)
2. II (1:52)
3. III (10:33)
4. IV (2:17)
5. V (9:48)
6. VI (1:22)
7. VII (13:38)
8. VIII (5:03)
9. IX (2:03)

Total Run-Time: 55:09



  1. Hi Elek Madill. It would be very nice if you upload Nine Odes to Oblivion in FLAC format. This brilliant Disc isn't available on this planet anymore :-(