Album Review: Orden Ogan — “Final Days”

It’s been a little while since we heard from German power metal stalwarts Orden Ogan. The band’s terrific last album, Gunmen, dropped way back in 2017 and wound up staking a claim on at least one of our staffers’ year-end lists. But since then, the band’s had some ups and downs. Longtime guitarist Tobias Kersting left the group. Vocalist / producer / mastermind Seeb Levermann suffered a hand injury and had to give up guitar-playing responsibilities of his own. And most notably, the [gestures broadly at everything] that was 2020 forced multiple delays of the band’s follow-up album, the perhaps-too-appropriately-titled sci-fi concept piece, Final Days.

Originally scheduled for release last summer, Final Days is, erm… finally… upon us. So, how does it stack up with Orden Ogan’s back catalogue? All told, mostly well enough.

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Album Review: War Curse – “Final Days”

warcurse_finaldaysWith little fanfare or hype, Cincinnati-based thrashers War Curse have arrived with their official debut via Static Tension Recordings. Final Days is everything that good thrash should be: Catchy, quick to the point, precisely executed with plenty of shredding solos, and enough punk/hardcore grit to give it a snarling edge. War Curse lean toward the mid-paced end of the thrash spectrum, but what they lack in blinding speed is made up in powerful delivery and attitude (thrash-itude?). Fans of Testament, Havok, and Slayer’s early 90s output will certainly resonate with War Curse’s first outing. Continue reading