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Review: The Ordher - Weaponize
The Ordher

Label: Unique Leader
Year released: 2007
Duration: 40:04
Tracks: 11
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: March 13, 2008
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
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As soon as I found out The Ordher featured members of the now disbanded Rebaelliun and Nephasth, I knew I had to check them out. The Ordher have a sound that reminds me somewhat like a 90%/10% split between the brutal Brazilian Death Metal sound perfected by the likes of Krisiun, and classic Heavy Metal (which is most notable in the solo work that flies between Hanneman/King-esque note runs to almost bluesy wah-drenched licks in the blink of an eye). And to be fair, it's quite an intriguing combination.

Of course, for the most part this is a heads down blast-a-thon, though the aforementioned solos and clever riff work help to set these guys apart from the usual Unique Leader patrol of crushing brutality. The guitars wail and blast their way from the very off, with tremolo picked hell blasting and throat shredding guttural vocals topping a landslide of thick drum work which holds the whole thing together tightly. There's even a few touches of classic Morbid Angel on the likes of "Won't Stand Behind the Line", which to these ears, is actually one of the best tracks on offer here.

Even with the occasional pieces of solo work that are rarely heard in this style of music, the album as a whole angrily storms in its inexorably discordant vibe. Whether they're blasting the shit out of you, or slowly crushing you with a neck snapping low tempo riff, this is great stuff for fans of the genre.

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