Orationem: Fulfiller, Sustainer, Preserving Protector

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Orationem is a black metal band that plays in the traditional sense. What isn’t traditional however is the fact that they are a religious black metal band. Being a religious black metal band is almost the same as being a P.C. death metal band. However, no matter whether the band is religious or not that doesn’t take away from the fact that the music is solid itself. And maybe a lot of you won’t want to listen since it is religious black metal, and that’s fine, but that doesn’t detract anything from the music at hand.

There is quite a bit of variation on this album as Orationem transitions between that fast paced blistering black metal and a more mid tempo style. No matter which style Orationem dials up, the music is still scorching and well executed.

As mentioned Orationem play in the traditional sense of black metal. That style suites their music very well as it has that old gritty feeling and a certain haunting aspect about it.

That throwback black metal sound further pushes this album and drives their message home. No matter what the message is, the music still sounds disparaging and isolating just as black metal should.

There are melting melodies of molten madness as savage riffs pummel and writhe. The drums are chaotic and tumultuous and a thick bass provides a great back bone for each song. Each of those instruments create an atmosphere that is oddly uplifting as well as dismal at the same time.

Orationem does a good job of creating traditional sounds with a very unorthodox message especially in black metal. Mixing something as blasphemous as black metal with something as holy as religion is a gutsy call but Orationem makes it work. Overall the album is exactly what black metal should sound like. It is savage in parts only to be slowed down to create a more melancholy atmosphere at times, but overall this album is purely black metal.

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