Their self titled debut album is an ambitious body of work that trades in soulful melody, mountain moving dynamics and an overall feeling of a band stretching the conventional song format into something more; something beautiful.
Throughout 2010 their debut album has received amazing reviews from many respected print and online publications; ‘stunning’, ‘epic’, ‘inspired’, ‘thrilling’ and ‘amazing’ are just some of the superlatives that have been used to describe the album.
The band also made its live debut in the same year, both in the UK and Europe to great acclaim, convincing one Dutch reviewer to write that ORDER OF VOICES ‘translated excellently live and had real class’. More touring throughout Europe is planned for 2011.
We Say :- You know, it’s always really nice to see a band who put some real effort into every aspect of their “product”. You see it’s all about impact, grabbing the attention and with so much new music dropping through the CackBlabbath letterbox there are a lot of albums vying for attention. A good way to make it to the front of the queue is to go for something visually interesting. You know, something that makes you say “hmmm, that looks good”…
And as first impressions go, Fernando Medina’s surreal artwork for Order of Voices debut album takes some beating. I mean, look at it, and go check out the similarly cool band website. The theme is also carried through into the video for Don’t Falter, check it out below. It all smacks of, for want of a better word, quality, the quality of a band not prepared to make compromises…
And that’s before the CD even hits the player.
Right, so enough enthusing about the cover art, what about the music ?
Well fortunately the initial good impression remains, and indeed grows, as you get into the music. This is undeniably alt-rock at it’s most sublime. The album opens with the gentle strains of For Me which shows an unerring knack for taking a simple melody and turning it into something a bit special as the track meanders from alt-rock to harder edged progressive metal and back again, lead by an impressive vocal delivery from Leigh Oates.
It’s soon apparent that the band are comfortable moving between moods and styles while, somehow, always sounding like themselves. It’s a trick that Pink Floyd had down to a T, and not something that Order of Voices have any difficulty pulling off. The word “Experimental” is usually enough to set alarm bells ringing, but it can be applied here in the best possible way as the band bring in rhythm patterns and moods that you may not entirely expect without it ever sounding forced or crass. There’s genuinely a lot going on here and it takes a few listens to get the full impact.
So, it’s an album that is good on first listen and only gets better…
This is a debut album that sounds like the work of a band who have been together honing their sound for ages. It’s also, of all the new bands I have heard this year, the one I can most easily see breaking through to become genuinely huge. This is a massively <cliche> accessible album </cliche>, to quote Phoenix Nights “nothing offensive, nothing blue”, it’s just… dare I say it… Nice.
The band do finally let themselves go into full prog-rock mode for the album closer Into The Ocean, with some excellent harmonies laid over a vaguely military sounding snare drum beat.
So, to sum up this album is just brilliant.
There you go.