Orion - On The Banks Of Rubicon EP (CD Review)

01.Oh Sweet Ebullition
02.Devoured Existence
04.My Dying Prayer

Vigneshkumar Venkatraman (Guitar/Vocals)
Ashwin Kulkarni (Guitar)
Anshuman Bhattacharya (Bass)
Pritesh Prabhune (Drums)

A progressive death metal band from Mumbai formed in 2009 who attempt to forge a link between Opeth and Cannibal Corpse.

A very melodic start to 'Oh Sweet Ebullition' and this is sounding more like euro technical power metal, then it switches to a slow pounding riff with death metal vocals, weirdly this one keeps changing pace, getting increasingly technical with complex drum patterns and guitar work.The vocals also chnage to highly tuneful (well for a minute or so anyway), then a mix of everything i just said as we head to the end of this opening song.

'Devoured Existence' sticks with that tech power metal vibe and death metal vocals, the next song 'Astral' is a different beast though.
Almost doom to start with it then turns into an american sounding heavy metal song, at times reminiscent of Soundgarden, half way through it suddenly becomes Cannibal Corpse and then finally returns to the melodic heavy metal sounds.

'My Dying Prayer' is modern speed metal tinged once more by the death metal vocals.
All in all this is a great EP and for a band who somehow wanted to find that link between Opeth and Cannibal Corpse have managed to do so via a power metal technical route.
One to watch!

Rating 9/10
For Fans Of: Opeth, Xenochord, Cephalic Carnage, Biomechanical, Mastodon


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