The Magazine
About Us
Banner Zone

- Reviews: AUDIO CD -


Titel / Title 1634 
Label Aesthetic Death 
Web ortegaband.bandcamp.com
Total run time
Vö/Releasebereits erschienen/already released 

Re-releases are usually don´t enjoy to review, but because the original from 2010 hardly made it to a wider audience, let´s pretend that “1634” is a brand new CD...
Ortega come from Groningen, Holland, and they call their style “sludgy post-doom-metal”. Well, as I face a certain “how-to-describe-it” emergency here, let´s just leave it at there...
The intro captures you already – melodic, a bit melancholic and a touch of doom – the perfect introduction to what comes next, heavy slow doomy but still crushing sound with tough growl vocals. The reduced instrumentation and almost-clean vocals on “Shipwrecked” somehow make me think of Fields of the Nephilim, a bit absurd because neither music nor vocals sound like this band – it might be the sublte horror feeling of this song and its lyrics that somehow cause this association. Apropos association, I got to think of Crib45 or Callisto, too, or even some Norwegian 90s Goth (The Sins Of Thy Beloved), when the violin comes in. No matter if growl or clean vocals, heavy riffs or semi-acoustic parts, there is a heartbreaking and hypnotising beauty about it. The final – instrumental – track is perhaps a bit too calm for my taste – still, this record is going to rotate in my stereo more often, that´s for sure.

Richard Postma - Vocals/guitar
Alex Loots - Guitar
Sven Jurgens - Drums
Frank de Boer - Bass

Klaudia Weber

Read comments: 0                           Write comments



Most current reviews
A Life Divided, Acoustic Revolution, Annabelle Chvostek, Apocalyptica, Babymetal, Bernhard Eder, Big Wreck, Biters , Borealis, Cain´s Offering, Child of Caesar, Corbeaux, Crystal Ball, Donald Cumming, Emerald Sun, ER France, Faith No More, Faith No More, FELINE&strange, Fin Gren, Freedomination , Galar, Hardcore Superstar, Helloween, Iron Savior , Kiske & Somerville, Korpiklaani, Krakow, Lancer, Lord Of The Lost, Lunatic Soul, Matthau Mikojan, Midway, Momentum, Nightrage, Nightwish, Nordward Ho, Powerwolf, Q-Box, Sarah Sophie, Strong Addiction, Tarja, Tellus Terror, The Birdwatchers, The Darkness, The Statesboro Revue, TO/DIE/FOR, Tornado, Tremonti, Tristana, Velvet Six, Whorion, Wilson,
Dieser Befehlston verletzt meine Gefühle,
Barren Earth / Red Moon Architect / Oceanwake,
Blind Guardian / Orphaned Land,
Dirge / Crib45,
Ensiferum | Insomnium | Omnium Gatherum ,
Faith No More,
Finntroll / Wolfheart / The Man-Eating Tree,
The Poodles / Pretty Wild,
Yellowcard | Less Than Jake | Chunk! No, Captain Chunk,
Sorry, no entrys
Leider keine Einträge
English Deutsch STALKER MAGAZINE inside out of rock´n´roll