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METAL HAMMER GREECE (JULY)

"Next one is the recently founded PsycheDOOMelic Records, which originally started as Psychedelic Fanzine amd trusted to as two new releases. First, the Americans Orodruin, who are named from Mount Doom of "Lord Of The Rings" of Tolkien! Their debut, "Epicurean Mass", is a study on St. Vitus, Trouble, Cathedral, Black Sabbath and Candlemass, without missing some references to Solitude Aeturnus and The Obsessed. As you can understand, the band jumps out basically from the '80s epic doom metal, yet it lets itself to the lures of the '70s, which is more than obvious in the use of retro keyboards. With a good composing level and outstanding arrangements, Orodruin do not tire the listener and instead they keep the agony and ectasy that comes out of their sluggish, dramatical style. A really good suggestion for the initiated ones.
by Vassilis Zacharopoulos"


Aquarius records San Francisco

ORODRUIN Epicurean Mass (psycheDOOMelic)
Orodruin's debut album Epicurean Mass might be the best release yet from the up-n-coming doom metal label psycheDOOMelic, run by Hungary's Hegedus Mark, who's also responsible for the underground doom/stoner bible Psychedelic Fanzine. With a name taken from Tolkien -- referring to Sauron's Mount Doom, natch -- Orodruin are an American band, from New York state, and play a doom fan's style of doom metal. That is, it's obvious that the Orodruin guys are doom fans with musical talent making good on their obsessions, doing justice to such influences as Black Sabbath (of course), early Cathedral, Saint Vitus, and... Bo Hansson? Yep, they've got a thing for the Swedish '70s prog-organist, an AQ-fave as well, which may have something to do with the Tolkien connection. But that's why guitarist John Gallo dabbles in some organ solos on here. Aside from those, don't come looking for anything super new and original on the doom front from Orodruin -- which is not to say this isn't great, actually this is. Solid doom metal played right, with melodic but morose vocals. And we can report that they're good live too, as they just played an impressive show here in San Francisco (on the "Doomination of America" tour with an international array of doomsters) on their way to last weekend's Stoner Hands of Doom festival in Portland, OR. Doom on guys!


www.perkele.it

ORODRUIN - Epicurean mass

Di recente il mondo del doom è sempre più popolato da nuove entità oscure e misteriose che riportano in auge un sound che molti ritengono datato e privo di reali sbocchi innovativi. Tra i tanti gruppi ad emergere da tale sottobosco cupo spiccano gli Orodruin (con un nome preso in prestito dal "Signore degli anelli"…), band proveniente da Rochester, New York, e giunta al debutto sotto l'egida della sempre più attiva PsycheDOOMelic Records.

Va subito detto che il dischetto in questione è un po' difficile da digerire tutto d'un fiato, la complessità delle trame ritmiche ed armoniche dei quattro corre spesso il rischio di annoiare, ma ascolto dopo ascolto vengono fuori spunti apprezzabili e degni di nota. Sono soprattutto gli inserti di tastiere a convincere (basta ascoltare l'organo lugubre dell'iniziale "The welcoming" e l'intermezzo atmosferico della conclusiva title track), donano infatti un tocco gotico a composizioni che si abbeverano alla fonte del doom, riprendendo l'influenza di nomi classici come Saint Vitus, Solitude Aeternus, Cathedral e Candlemass. Chitarre granitiche e compatte, vocals malinconiche ma pur sempre melodiche ed intelligenti intuizioni in fase di songwriting (la paralizzante liquidità di "Peasants lament" o l'andamento epico e commovente di "War cry") sono gli ingredienti di una ricetta plumbea e depressiva, perfetta colonna sonora di un incessante giorno di pioggia. Tracce come "Melancholia" e la splendida "Unspeakable truth", tutta giocata sull'alternanza di riff soffocanti, saliscendi vocali e intrecci percussivi, dimostrano l'abilità di una band validissima, ancora acerba ma già proiettata verso un futuro intrigante e pieno di rosee prospettive.

"Epicurean mass" è dunque un disco che non cambierà di sicuro la storia del doom ma che certamente farà andare in brodo di giuggiole chi adora questo tipo di sonorità.

Alessandro Zoppo


ConcreteWeb

ORODRUIN: "Epicurean Mass" (psycheDooMelic Records)
Let's gather round for the "Epicurean Mass" and pray to the new gods of DOOM!!! Orodruin offers moving mountains of doom, sorrowful haunting vocals, massive cemetary guitarwalls, each instrumentalist pounding away at a mammoth vibe that includes all the licks and tricks of the absolutely essential doom albums like "Black Sabbath", "The Skull"(Trouble), "Epicus Doomicus Metallicus"(Candlemass), "Saint Vitus", "Friends of hell"(Witchfinder General), "Come my fanatics"(Electric Wizard) and "To Mega-Therion" (Celtic Frost).
The album opens and ends the same way with mournfull organs, praising the New York melancholic masters. The heavy epic "Peasants lament" is an instant classic, 24-carat of doom, showcasing the superb very fat low sound. "Melancholia" is next and increases the heaviness factor to Reverend Bizarre-levels. "Pierced by cruel winds" is packed with Pentagram/Frost variations with ethereal vocals. The mass proceeds in its full splendour. The mid-tempo heavy weighters "Unspeakable truth" and "Burn the witch" are highlighted by great guitar work and thunderous march drumming, a devastating combination of. power and song writing. The barbaric "War cry" got some great melodic vocal lines the title song is bottom heavy with organ/acoustic guitar parts at the end.
If you consider yourself a fan of doom metal in the original sense, do yourself a favor and buy this record. Orodruin will release next a split single with their Finnish doom brothers Reverend Bizarre at the end of the year. And don't forget: doom forever, forever doomed!!!
92/100
Cosmicmasseur


GL Productions

Orodruin (US) - Epicurean Mass (Psychedoomelic) Ever since I first heard about them a number of years back I always wanted to hear what Orodruin could create and at last I can do that on their Epic Masterpiece of a debut Epicurean Mass, a disc that have been on almost instant repeat in the past few weeks. Orodruin took the name from Lord Of The Rings, Mount Doom in a translation and they have used the same painter Thomas Cole who made The Voyage Of Life as Candlemass used for Nightfall and Ancient Dreams, Cole made the original but Orodruin have tossed it around a bit, it's a great cover. Epicurean Mass is a solid piece of oldschool Doom with dark melancholic Epic meassures of Solitude Aeturnus and Candlemass makes it dynamic and progressive. A tight wellmade production over a wonderful instrumentation in all sections, a mighty dramatic piece of work, this goes on my topten list for albums of 2003. For more info on Orodruin check out my interview at orod.html Info/Order www.psychedoomelic.com mail info@psychedoomelic.com


Planet Music, Austria (10/2003)

ORODRUIN – Epicurean Mass (PsycheDOOMelic Records) Mark Hegedüs, der Herausgeber des kultigen "Psychedelic”-Fanzines hat seit kurzem auch ein eigenes Label am Start. Eine der ersten Veröffentlichungen aus seinem Stall ist "Epicurean Mass", das aktuelle Werk der Amis ORODRUIN. Musikalisch wird – no na – feinster Doom Metal geboten, oder besser gesagt zelebriert, wobei die Haupteinflüsse und Inspirationsquellen neben den obligatorischen BLACK SABBATH vor allem SAINT VITUS und frühe CATHEDRAL sein dürften. Auch die älteren TROUBLE müssen in diesem Zusammenhang erwähnt werden, da die Atmosphäre der Scheibe jener des Jahundertwerkes "Psalm 9" nicht unähnlich ist. ORODRUIN haben es nach drei Demos, die seit 1999 aufgenommen wurden, nun endlich geschafft ein Label zu finden um ihr Debüt auf den Markt zu bringen. Womit ein Anfang für eine "Karriere" gelegt wäre. Im Moment laufen übrigens gerade Verhandlungen die Herrschaften im Schlepptau von PENANCE auf eine längere Europa-Tournee zu holen. Definitiv bestätig ist jedenfalls bereits ein Auftritt bei der 2004er Version des "Doom Shall Rise" – Festivals in Deutschland. Zu beziehen ist "Epicurean Mass" für _ 10,- unter folgender Adresse: Mark Hegedüs, Mauerbachstraße 42/2/6, 1140 Wien. Checkt aber zuvor noch die Website www.psychedoomelic.com, wo es noch zahlreiche andere Delikatessen aus dem Doom-Genre zu erstehen gibt. Walter


COSMIC LAVA 07/2003

ORODRUIN (Epicurean Mass) CD: It's very difficult to set new accents in a musical style, that's very limited in itself. I talk about traditional Doom Metal and this time, the worshippers are New York's ORODRUIN, fronted by John Gallo who's is also responsible for the Born-Too-Late website. "Epicurean Mass" is the band's debut on PsycheDOOMelic Records, and this four guys are proving, that they have learned their doomed lessons very well. Although they don't amplify the sound of bands as Saint Vitus, Cathedral, Trouble and Candlemass with nothing new, this album is a strong and refreshing release, due to the reason that this bands simply uses a lot of first-class heavy weighty low riffs and the clear and melodic vocals of John Gallo are giving an emotional shape to the entire wall of sound. And they've got this classic mournful vibe in their sound, which is absolutely necessary if you want to play classic Doom. Like their fathers, ORODRUIN not only playing as slow as a snail, although slow and mid-tempo themes are domianting this album, but there's still enough space for a few up-tempo parts and heavy crushing grooves. It's senseless to make a song-by-song review, because every track is charming and leaves a feeling of seclusion to the listener. ORODRUIN don't care about southern or sludge trends, they are simply worshippin' the true and original heavy fathers with every single breath and note and so it's a must-have for every die-hard Doom fan. Buy and die! Check out the ORODRUIN website for the latest doomed news.


ROCK HARD, GERMANY - 07/2003

Eine der größten Underground-Hoffnungen im weltweiten Doom-Zirkus sind derzeit die US-Amerikaner ORODRUIN. Nach einem Horrorsoundtrack-mäßigen Orgelintro gibt es auf dem Debüt der Truppe aus Rochester/New York siebenmal klassischen Doom vom Feinsten zu hören. Deutlich beeinflusst von Saint Vitus, frühen Black Sabbath, Trouble aber auch Cathedral lassen die Songs das Herz eines jeden Zeitlupenjüngers mindestens einen halben Takt schneller schlagen. Übertragen auf Normalsterbliche ist dies also mit dem Zustand fortgeschrittener Ekstase gleichzusetzen. Riffs wie flüssige Lava, variabler Clean-Gesang und ein leichtes Epic-Flair der Marke Solitude Aeturnus ergeben eine Mischung an der kein wahrer Doom-Fan vorbeikommt.
Labelkontakt: info@psychedoomelic.com 8

Andreas Stappert


Cosmic lava, Germany - 07/2003

ORODRUIN (Epicurean Mass) CD: It's very difficult to set new accents in a musical style, that's very limited in itself. I talk about traditional Doom Metal and this time, the worshippers are New York's ORODRUIN, fronted by John Gallo who's is also responsible for the Born-Too-Late website. "Epicurean Mass" is the band's debut on PsycheDOOMelic Records and this four guys are proving, that they have learned their doomed lessons very well. Although they don't amplify the sound of bands as Saint Vitus, Cathedral, Trouble and Candlemass with nothing new, this album is a strong and refreshing release, due to the reason that this bands simply uses a lot of first-class heavy weighty low riffs and the clear and melodic vocals of John Gallo are giving an emotional shape to the entire wall of sound. And they've got this classic mournful vibe in their sound, which is absolutely necessary if you want to play classic Doom. Like their fathers, ORODRUIN not only playing as slow as a snail, although slow and mid-tempo themes are domianting this album, but there's still enough space for a few up-tempo parts and heavy crushing grooves. It's senseless to make a song-by-song review, because every track is charming and leaves a feeling of seclusion to the listener. ORODRUIN don't care about southern or sludge trends, they are simply worshippin' the true and original heavy fathers with every single breath and note and so it's a must-have for every die-hard Doom fan. Buy and die! Check out the ORODRUIN website for the latest doomed news.


Walls Of Fire, Germany

Orodruin is a doom metal quartet found in 1998 in Rochester, New York. According to J.R.R. Tolkien's bestseller "Lord of the Rings", the band's name means Mount Doom, and... God almighty, you'd better believe it - Orodruin is definitely DOOM at its best! The four doomed souls John Gallo and Nick Tydelski (guitars), Mike Puleo (vocals and bass) and Mike Waske (drums) have created eight superb compositions (almost 50 minutes in total) of classic, old-school, impressively moving slow doom metal in the traditional vein of groups like The Obsessed, Saint Vitus, Pentagram and stuff alike. "Epicurean Mass" catches the listener's attention right from the opening tunes of the "rain-meets-organ" instrumental introduction "The Welcoming", followed by the early Cathedral-ish audio-hammer "Peasants Lament"... Actually, the Cathedral comparisons suit Orodruin's music just regarding the instrumental and moody side of the album. As for the vocals - remember Wino...? To focus on the album exclusively - as already stated, it's brilliant! Hell yeah, absolutely brilliant classic doom metal! What makes "Epicurean Mass" such a grandiose piece of music is not just the simple following of the genre-canons, but also the presence of a decent amount of own, original ideas by the four band members. There are tons of tempo changes (ranging from mid through slow to ultra-slow passages), the diversification of the unbelievably heavy Iommi-trademark guitar riffs with some doom-untypical elements (like the above mentioned church organ), magnificent six- and four-string solos every now and then (just throw an ear at "Burn the Witch")... Sorry, but I've gotta say it again: God almighty, Orodruin is DOOM at its best!


MONOLITH, GREECE - 07/2003

This is the first official release from the american band of Orodruin. When Pentheus gave me their promo I was terrified, because I thought that they might have some relations with all these medieval/middle earth power metal bands, like Rhapsody etc. Thank God, Orodruin is a pure doom metal band. And it's a good one. They have a lot of epic elements in their music and they reminded me Solitude Aeturnus and Revelation, due to the epic way of singing (these dual vocal parts make me insane). Nevertheless they are quite heavy and slow, as any doom metal band that respects itself. The eight tracks of "Epicurean Mass", also share the rhythmic feeling of Cathedral and Black Sabbath, while the mournful lyrics mark the character of the band. Undoubtely they are one of the most promising doom metal acts form the other side of Atlantic. I hope that they are here to stay and to offer to the scene. As persons they are very active (check out Born Too Late festival). We have to wait to see if they are active as a band. Until then, all of you should listen to "Epicurean Mass".

Rate: 11/13


James "Harry" Hinchliffe
www.sinisterweb.co.uk/esoterica

Doom disciples have long regarded Psychedelic zine as something of an indispensible almanack of doom metal; very little seems to pass by its editor Hegedüs Mark without being noticed (if not reviewed and distributed, with a band interview, free poster and back-patch to boot), and recently he's enterprisingly started up a record label, with the highly improbable name psycheDOOMelic Records, so he can personally ensure that some of the best bands he comes across get wider recognition and a fair deal. First out of the bulging pack which was sent our way, and most welcome by virtue of the buzz already being generated about it on the net, comes Orodruin's Epicurean Mass (psycheDOOMelic), an absolutely stunning tower of fairly trad doom which pulls together a wide range of influences, from the US school of doom exemplified by St. Vitus to occasional flare-ups of the weighty pomp and histrionics of prime Candlemass and even Cathedral's early-career combination of self-deprecating strangeness and riffs as large and hairy as a mammoth. Indeed, Orodruin's singer, though for the most part sticking with a rather frazzled wail, can pull off the most convincing half-sung half-growled Lee Dorrian impression I've heard since the Warhorse album, with all the mastery of throaty vibrato that entails. Special mention needs to be made of the fantastic fuzzed-up guitar sound, which is stiflingly overpowering and has a so-retro-it-hurts home-made sound (which brings back to mind all that Sabbath apocrypha about Tony Iommi customising his own amps to get just the right sound) and the occasional hints of the proto-metal incipient-prog of late 60s freaks like Iron Butterfly. Psychedoomelic indeed. Other than that, Epicurean Mass is no-nonsense, unpretentious, blues-scale blue-collar doom metal which, considering its obvious influences go back thirty years plus, has an extraordinarily well-developed sense of self and consistent style which can't be missed by any fan of the genre.


www.kindamuzik.net (Holland) 06/2003

ORODRUIN | EPICUREAN MASS
CD, PsycheDOOMelic/Clearspot

Vernoemd naar de doemberg uit Lord of the Rings en al net zo evil als Sauron zelf. Alleen komt deze band uit New York en niet uit Mordor. Maar terwijl de heer van duisternis niet verder kwam dan een armzalig ringetje, hebben de New Yorkers hun debuut in de krochten der aarde gesmeed. Of ze hiermee iedereen aan zich zullen binden valt te betwijfelen, dat ze de liefhebbers van bands als St. Vitus, Candlemass, Cathedral en uiteraard Black Sabbath hiermee plezieren staat buiten kijf.

Na een sfeervol orgelintro volgt ‘Peasant Lament’, in mijn ogen het beste nummer van het album, hoewel afsluiter ‘Epicurean Mass’ er ook zeker mag zijn. De overige nummers zijn echter wat minder aansprekend. Het is niet slecht, maar het heeft ook niets wat ze boven de middenmaat doet uitstijgen. Zoals Saruman de ene na de andere ork kloont, zo lijkt Orodruin dat met de songs te hebben gedaan. Alles lijkt op elkaar, niets heeft iets origineels.

Voor de liefhebbers van het genre is het best een aardig plaatje, zeker als je het voor een aardig prijsje tegenkomt, maar als volvette doommetal niet je ding is doe je er beter aan om je euro’s ergens anders aan te besteden. Aan een echt Lord of the Rings produkt bijvoorbeeld. tekst: Ronald Eikelenboom


www.metalfan.nl - 06/2003

Orodruin - Epicurean Mass

Jaar van release: 2003
Label: PsycheDOOMelic Records

De vierde release op dit nieuwe label mag er weeral best wezen. Deze doomband komt uit New York en de bandnaam is duidelijk afgeleid van Tolkien zijn meesterwerk 'Lord of the rings'. Orodruin betekent overigens 'Mount Doom'. De titel van de cd verwijst toch ook wel naar die bekendste doomband uit de jaren '80 genaamd Candlemass. Laten ze die stijl toevallig voor een groot deel hebben overgenomen. Candlemass vermengt met St. Vitus en Trouble en dan weet je wel hoe dit klinkt. Kortom totaal onoriginele muziek die echter wel heel lekker klinkt.

De cd opent met een intro waarna 'Peasants lament' losbarst. Een uitstekende 80's doom nummer met een lekkere 70's gitaarsolo's. Beste nummer vind ik 'Pierced by cruel winds' (erg catchy en headbangvriendelijk), Op het einde van dit album volgen nog twee sterke nummers namelijk 'War cry' en 'Epicurean mass'. Maar door de onoriginele nummers wordt het soms ook een beetje saai en voorspelbaar. Alhoewel de nummers er op zich zeker mogen zijn.

Je kan hier nog veel woorden aan vuil maken maar dat is in dit geval overbodig. Gewoon wie van Candlemass houdt, heeft hier een leuk album aan. Wie niet van de stijl houdt, valt in slaap. Ik behoor zelf tot de eerste categorie en dus kan ik dit goed verdragen. Ik moet zeggen dat dit nieuwe label goed bezig is. Doomfans moeten dit label zeker uitchecken.

Score: 73/100


Metal Only, Sweden 06/2003

Orodruin ”Epicurean Mass” 8p
PSYCHEDOOMELIC, IMPORT

ORODRUIN, yes the name has been pilfered from Tolkien, hail from Rochester, New York. The band started out in 1998 an was formed by John Gallo. These un-American Americans! It’s hard to believe that they come from Rochester. Their sound is much more English or why not Swedish? On the other hand they play pure doom with a taste of BLACK SABBATH, but in faster parts there are nuances of ANGEL WITCH too, much due to Mike Puleos voice. The fact is that they probably won’t have time for the entire set list live since they play so slow. All in all there’s the feeling of BLACK SABBATH (heaviness) meets CANDLEMASS (melody) with touches of ANGEL WITCH (Kevin Heybourne´s voice). I recommend this one!

Miggo


MONSTER MAGAZINE, NORWAY - 06/2003

4.5

De som mener at Cathedrals debutskive er det mest geniale bandet har gjort, bør snarest anskaffe seg amerikanske Orodruins debut. Det er drittung episk og herlig doom metal gjengen leverer, og foruten Cathedral inspirasjonen høres det inspirasjon fra band som Candlemass, Solitude Aeternus og selvfølgelig Black Sabbath. De har god renvokal, fete riff og gode låter. Med andre ord, alt en doom metal fan trenger. Tror Orodruin kan nå langt innen genren, så stikk innom www.psycheDOOMelic.com og skaff deg et x.

(Martin Kvam)


Glen Tillman

Nothing fits my eternal sense of melancholy and eminent failure like the gargantuan, downtuned riffs of an old school doom dealing band like Orodruin. Like an upside down cross between early Trouble and classic St. Vitus, Orodruin sounds like they should be playing in a fog enshrouded cemetery, shaking the foundations of ancient, crumbling crypts and vibrating dank soil off of rotting caskets. Why is the low rumble of a true doom band so viscerally satisfying? Perhaps the overall effect reminds our subconscious minds of those preChristian ancestral days of yore, when Druid priests decided who would live and who would die at the base of a sacred oak tree, and vernal costumed Pan worshippers danced and drank forbidden potions in freshly planted spring fields, leaving their seed planted deep in warm willing women to ensure and mimic the mysterious germination of crop seeds in the fertile earth. There's something tribally mythic about doomers, something we're connected to in our past that calls us, and calls to bands like Orodruin to communicate through thundering rhythms, megalithic riffs, and vocals of dread. These guys have it. They've got the power of doom and they know how to use it. Blessed be. - Glenn Tillman.


Amboss Mag 06/2003 - http://www.amboss-mag.de

Im Sommer 98 gegründet, gibt es nun nach einigen selbstptroduzierten Demos das erste Werk der psychedelischen Doom Helden. Schwer und mit unbändiger Langsamkeit martert sich der tiefschwarze Soundbrei in die Gehörgänge. Tiefe, angegrowlte Vocals verstärken die Atmosphäre der Finsternis. Ihr traditioneller Doom ist beeinflusst von Bands wie Candlemass oder St.Vitus und verzichtet fast vollkommen auf trendige Neuerungen. Die schweren Gitarren sind in Moll gepackte Rasierklingen, die sich in fast huldigender Weise zum Spielzeug der Alpträume machen. Die Tracks mit einer Spielzeit von fünf bis neun Minuten sind elegisch morbide Trauerflore. Nur ganz selten zieht man das Tempo an, um der schwarzen Lethargie zu entgehen und später dann doch den Hörer in einen tiefen Abgrund zu ziehen. (andreas)


www.scarred-for-life.de

Nach einem stimmungsvollen Intro öffnen Orodruin aus den USA mit „Peasents Lament“ ihren Doom-Schrein für die geneigte Öffentlichkeit. Auch hier darf man wieder eine auf hohem Niveau zusammengebraute Suppe aus druckvollen Riffs, geilen Solos (erinnern an Black Sabbath zu „Heaven And Hell“, bzw. „Mob Rules“-Zeiten), ausdrucksstarkem Gesang und gutem Songwriting kosten. Der Gesamtsound kommt auf Grund der etwas stärker verzerrten Gitarren um einige Nuancen härter rüber, als bei den üblichen Bands dieses Genres, was aber durchaus positiv zu bewerten ist. Stellvertretend für die 7 starken Songs nenne ich mal das von einer prägnanten Lead-Melodie bereicherte „Burn The Witch“ oder den (für Doom-Verhältnisse) im Midtempo-Bereich angesiedelten Kracher „War Cry“. Darüber hinaus bieten aber auch die anderen Songs beste Kost für alle „Children Of Doom“.


Metal-Observer(English)

"Heavier Than Hell" that was once a culty song of THRUST, a culty 80s band from America. But they haven't something to do with ORODRUIN in a stylistical view. But the Doom Metal of ORODRUIN is truly heavier than hell and pushes and presses through your speakers that you might be frightened. The band also doesn't stop for psychedelic hypnoparts, they partly sound like they would be stoned! BLACK SABBATH gets tribute, of course, because they are the unmatched godfathers of that music! Give credit where credit is due! ORODRUIN are outstanding of the mass of doomy releases! Their songs have an indescribable flair, which combines the best moments of TROUBLE, CATHEDRAL and SAINT VITUS. Of course, the whole thing seems to be very stressful and possibly boring for not-Doomers. That's not really comprehensible for me because there's nearly no style in Hard Rock, which is so emotional like the classical Doom Metal. They offer an ocean full of feelings, mostly of a more gloomy nature, but so it has to be! Who is depressed by such lavasounds, shall listen to its DJ-BOBO Metalacts from Italy.

Besides the last genre highlights like VOODOOSHOCK, KRUX, THUNDERSTORM or LAST CHAPTER, this is another must for every Doom freak! Buy or be doomed forever! (Online June 5, 2003)


Noize Italia:

Di recente il mondo del doom è sempre più popolato da nuove entità oscure e misteriose che riportano in auge un sound che molti ritengono datato e privo di reali sbocchi innovativi. Tra i tanti gruppi ad emergere da tale sottobosco cupo spiccano gli Orodruin (con un nome preso in prestito dal “Signore degli anelli”…), band proveniente da Rochester, New York, e giunta al debutto sotto l’egida della sempre più attiva PsycheDOOMelic Records.
Va subito detto che il dischetto in questione è un po’ difficile da digerire tutto d’un fiato, la complessità delle trame ritmiche ed armoniche dei quattro corre spesso il rischio di annoiare, ma ascolto dopo ascolto vengono fuori spunti apprezzabili e degni di nota. Sono soprattutto gli inserti di tastiere a convincere (basta ascoltare l’organo lugubre dell’iniziale “The welcoming” e l’intermezzo atmosferico della conclusiva title track), donano infatti un tocco gotico a composizioni che si abbeverano alla fonte del doom, riprendendo l’influenza di nomi classici come Saint Vitus, Solitude Aeternus, Cathedral e Candlemass. Chitarre granitiche e compatte, vocals malinconiche ma pur sempre melodiche ed intelligenti intuizioni in fase di songwriting (la paralizzante liquidità di “Peasants lament” o l’andamento epico e commovente di “War cry”) sono gli ingredienti di una ricetta plumbea e depressiva, perfetta colonna sonora di un incessante giorno di pioggia. Tracce come “Melancholia” e la splendida “Unspeakable truth”, tutta giocata sull’alternanza di riff soffocanti, saliscendi vocali e intrecci percussivi, dimostrano l’abilità di una band validissima, ancora acerba ma già proiettata verso un futuro intrigante e pieno di rosee prospettive. “Epicurean mass” è dunque un disco che non cambierà di sicuro la storia del doom ma che certamente farà andare in brodo di giuggiole chi adora questo tipo di sonorità.


Metal Observer, Germany 06/2003

"Heavier Than Hell", das war mal ein kultiger Song von THRUST einer noch kultigeren 80iger-Kapelle aus Amerika. Die haben allerdings stilistisch nichts mit ORODRUIN hier zu tun. Nur der Doom Metal von ORODRUIN ist wahrhaftig heavier wie die Hölle und drückt und walzt sich dermaßen fies durch die Speaker, dass einem Angst und bange werden könnte. Auch vor psychedelischen Hypnoparts macht die Band nicht halt, klingt teilweise als wäre man auf dem Drogentrip! BLACK SABBATH werden gehuldigt, klar, denn sie sind eben die unangefochtenen Gottväter dieser Mucke! Ehre wem Ehre gebührt! ORODRUIN ragen meiner Meinung ganz klar aus der Masse an doomigen Veröffentlichungen heraus! Ihre Songs haben einfach ein unbeschreibliches Flair, welches die besten Momente von TROUBLE, CATHEDRAL & SAINT VITUS verknüpft und irgendwie schlüssig transportiert. Natürlich ist die gesamte Angelegenheit für Nicht-Doomer sehr stressig und möglicherweise langweilig. Das ist für mich zwar kaum nachvollziehbar, denn kaum eine Musikströmung im harten Rock ist dermaßen emotional, wie der klassische Doom Metal. Ein Ozean an Gefühlen wird hier preisgegeben, meist düsterer Natur natürlich, aber so muss das sein! Wen solche dunklen Lava-Sounds zu sehr runterziehen, der hat ja noch diese ganzen DJ-BOBO-Metalacts aus Italien zur Alternative!

Neben den letzten Genre-Highlights wie VOODOOSHOCK, KRUX, THUNDERSTORM oder LAST CHAPTER ein absolutes Muss für alle Doom-Jünger! Buy or be doomed forever! (Online 05. Juni 2003)


www.blooddawn.de, Germany - 06/2003

Wow, das Jahr ist noch so jung und schon haben wir hier ein absolutes Doomhighlight, wohlgemerkt eines unter so manchem Doomhighlight 2003, ich denke da nur an Unsilence und Forsaken, doch Orodruin setzen nochmals einen drauf, fantastisch, wie sie ihr Lavariffing über uns hinwegwalzen lassen. Danket dem Herrn für den Doom. Orodruin setzen exakt an der Grenze zwischen dem traditionellen, rockigen Doomsound der 70er und den epischeren, metallischeren Elementen mit ihrem Songwriting an. Man wird überspült mit diesen „bloopigen“, singenden Leadgitarren, warme Orgelklänge verdichten die Atmosphäre, darüber thront die leicht unterkühlte, gefühlvoll inszenierte Stimme des Shouters. Zusammen mit den Instrumentalisten schafft er sehr einprägsame Läufe, Songs, die sich mit einer unheimlichen spirituellen Intensität in Deiner Seele festkrallen. Spielerisch gehen Orodruin sehr frei fließend vor, lassen ihren Inspirationen wie in einem Zustand der Trance freien Lauf, lassen lebendige Songs sich entwickeln und ihre Wendungen nehmen, wie sie eben kommen. Man hört den kompakten Slow Mo Strömen an, wie sie sich aus schier endlosen Doomjams herauskristallisiert haben, wie sich die den Musikern durch die Körper fließende Magie erst in kleinen, dann langsam wachsenden Klangfolgen manifestiert hat. Doom pur. Mal entfessel Orodruin einen geradezu mitreißenden Groove, dann nehmen sie die Geschwindigkeit fast vollständig raus, kreieren eine morbide, beängstigende Atmosphäre, schrammen sich sehnsuchtserfüllt in die Unendlichkeit. Orodruin lassen die Zeit vergessen, reißen Dich fort aus der schnöden, reizüberfluteten Wirklichkeit, schenken Dir Deinen spirituellen Frieden. Dann wieder eine Wendung und die schaurige Ausstrahlung einer Begräbnisprozession, ein süßlicher Todesduft entfleucht den eisigen Melodien. Oft und gerne werden einzelne Noten an Taktenden endlos gerollt, was einem einen wohligen Schauer über den Rücken laufen lässt. Doomtypisch, ganz klar, erwartet hier auch keine Neuerungen. Orodruin spielen den Doom orthodox und hypnotisch schwer, nicht depressiv und doch düster. Ein packendes Genrehighlight. 5/5 (Sascha)


LETS MAKE SOME NOISE / FINLAND - 05/2003

Orodruin - vuori, jonka alla Sauron takoi valtasormuksen. Toisin sanoen Tuomiovuori. Näitä Tolkienin mukaan nimettyjä bändejä tuntuu tulevan nykyään joka nurkan takaa. Mutta mikäs siinä, hienojahan ne nimet ovat. Ihan Mordorista tämä bändi ei kuitenkaan tule, vaan New Yorkista. (Amerikkaa voisi kyllä miltei tänä päivänä verrata Mordoriin). Epicurean Mass on yhtyeen debyytti levy. Ja varsin vahva sellainen se onkin.

Heti levyn alkutahdeista lähtien Epicurean Mass tuo mieleen vain ja ainoastaan yhden bändin: Black Sabbathin. Orodruin yhdisteleekin hienosti Ozzyn aikaisen Sabbathin synkkyyden hitaaseen, mutta kuitenkin selkeästi rokahtavaan doom-metalliin. Välillä bändi osoittaa kunnioitusta sapatille niin tehokkaasti, että tuntuu, kuin itse Herra Osbourne ilmestyisi pian nurkan takaa laulamaan. Muutenkin bändistä huokuu selkeä 70-luvun heavymetallin fiilis.

Bändi on kuitenkin tuonut saundipoliitiikkansa selkeästi 2000-luvulle. Hyvä niin, että homma ei mene ihan täysin retroiluksi. Kitaroissa on selvästi havaittava Iommi-soundi, kuitenkin pari astetta matalammalle vedetty sellainen. Riffit murisevatkin todella hyvän kuuloisesti. Rumpukompit ovat tappavan hitaita, niinkuin doomissa pitääkin. Laulupuoli on myös hyvässä kuosissa. Puhtaat vokaalit kaikuvat komeasti koko levyn keston ajan. Onneksi tässä ollaan pysytelty omalla linjalla, eikä laulaja koita matkia Ozzyn maneereita.

Kaikesta huolimatta Epicurean Mass on vallan mainio levy, joka kestää varmasti useampiakin kuuntelukertoja. Doom-kansa tykkää varmasti. Black Sabbathin faneille tämä on myös varmasti kokeilemisen arvoinen tuotos.

Arvosana: 3/5


Voices from the dark side, Germany 05/2003

ORODRUIN is the brainchild of John Gallo, also known to run a fairly conceived website dedicated to the Doom Metal genre (http://www.born-too-late.com). Formed in 1998, ORODRUIN is now a stable four piece after some line up adjustments. Not surprisingly, “Epicurean Mass” comes out as a fine slab of Doom Metal, played by the book with not too much experimentations. After a gloomy intro played on Hammond organ, the album really kicks off with ‘Peasants Lament’ which is by the way the finest track on the album, very reminiscent of what CATHEDRAL did on “Forest Of Equilibrium”: ultra slow pacing, distorted low vocals on some occasions, downtuned guitars growling agony and sadness, you know what I mean. After that, the album flows more or less towards the same direction, which is cool but nothing more I am afraid. I mean, the main quality of this album is also its main flaw: the guys forming ORODRUIN are obviously fans of the musical genre they play, the proof being they have crammed their album with many references to the greatest bands of the Doom universe (BLACK SABBATH, SAINT VITUS and the aforementioned CATHEDRAL),yet on the other hand, I am afraid “Epicurean Mass” lacks elements of freshness and fails to let out a feeling of enthusiasm, a shame knowing the dedication of the musicians. Also, the production doesn’t help, the sound lacks definition, the guitars being the main victims of this. What I really don’t understand is the last (hidden) track on this disc: it is nothing more than a total loss of time. If you listen to it, beware: you could be led to believe you have a problem with your CD player. I can assure you it is not the case. Imagine screeches and scratches followed by an awful pseudo folkloric tune sung by a drunkard, and you will get a precise idea of this track is. Be forewarned. Maybe this review could appear a little harsh to some of you. It is only because this CD caught all my attention and interest and I judge it strong enough to be recommended, so I tend to be a little bit intolerant regarding some details. I am sure ORODRUIN display here only a tiny fraction of their talent, and that they will unleash a true masterpiece next time. Be sure to give a fair chance to this album which is a mandatory purchase for the regular Doom fans (like me!) anyway.


Oblivion Mag, Germany 05/2003

Neues aus dem noch recht jungen Hause Psychedoomelic, weswegen ich schon vor dem Einwurf des Tonträgers gierig einem doomigen Ereignis entgegensah. Das Intro verspricht obligatorisch Gutes: Regen, Gewitterklänge, Orgelsounds, und ab geht die Doom-Sau! Orodruin aus den Staaten zelebrieren zähflüssige Sounds in der besten Tradition von Wahnsinnigen wie Black Sabbath, Count Raven oder The Obsessed, agieren dabei richtig schön deftig und hauen mit "Epicurean Mass" einen mächtig kraftvollen Bastard aus Heaviness, tieftraurigen Melodien und feisten Riffs aus den CD-Rillen, so dass man ob der kraftvoll-intensiven Ausrichtung des Materials zwischendurch auch mal an Cathedral denken muss. Dazu passend variiert man das Tempo der acht Stücke (das coole Intro nicht mitgerechnet) von Zeitlupenbeats bis hin zu Midtempo-Regionen. Doom-Freaks finden den Silberling unter anderem im Angebot von Hellion oder Just for kicks bzw. ordern ihn direkt beim sympathischen Labelboss himself. Kontakt unter: http://www.psycheDOOMelic.com (8/10)


Inferno, Finland; 05/2003

Orodruin esittää hitaanpuoleista ja vankkaa stoner-rock –henkeä, jossa raskas ilma siirtyy käden koskettaessa paksua virittelyä tyyliin Black Sabbathin vireellepantuja tehtäviä. Eteenpäin puksuttavat tummahkot laulut vajoavat Cathedralin alkupuolelle, kun taas puhtaat lauluosiot loistavat Reverend Bizarre –tyylisessä taivaassa. Perinteisen urkuintron jälkeen päästään veivaamaan toiminnollista doom-killer riffeilyä. Käsinkosketeltava 70-luku on läsnä läpi levyn –etenkin kitaran vaikuttavassa ilmaisussa – ja vaikuttajien inspiroimana, mukaan on saatu etevä yhteensulava substanssi. Tuotannon toteutus on selkeää, mutta silti musiikin ympärillä leijuu raskaan ilmava kehä, joka läpäisee keskitason virittelyt. Musiikki itsessään toimii erittäin hyvin, ja vaikka tutulla maaperällä kuokitaankin välillä, eivät osiot hankaudu rasitteeksi taikka puhtaaksi peilikuvaksi. Mitään roihuavaa kiihkoa levy tuskin herättää kuuntelijassa, mutta jos edelläm


Soundz Online magazine / M magazine

http://www.intothesun.by.ru/dreviews/o/orodruin2003.html

Zhmen
Metal Music Magazine


HM Portal, Italy - 05/2003

Per gli Orodruin si potrebbe fare lo stesso discorso valido per i loro compagni di etichetta Voodoo Shock, anche qui infatti l'originalità e l'innovazione sono pari a zero, ma anche qui ci si trova di fronte ad un disco piacevole ed estremamente coinvolgente. Il doom degli Orodruin è quello sulfureo e roccioso dei primissimi Sabs, cui si aggiunge un tocco psichedelico davvero intrigante (grazie anche all'ottimo utilizzo qua e la di un organo molto seventies, purtroppo limitato a pochissimi brani, un peccato questo che oserei definire mortale, data la carica che questi brevi spiragli apportano alla musica della band). Insomma, un disco che farà la gioia di tutti i nostalgici di quel suonare oscuro che sa dilatarsi fino a diventare spazialità pura... Una spazialità da "Black hole" sia chiaro, nessun cielo stellato ma piuttosto una tenebra sconfinata e rischiarata solo da sprazzi di psichedelia quel tanto che basta per attrarci al suo interno e farci perdere per sempre nelle sue spirali. E' sicuramente questo elemento dilatato e alieno che porta il cd in questione ad essere così intrigante e piacevole, questo mood per l'espanzione ad libitum del riff, queste cavalcate al rallentatore, come ci si trovasse all'interno di una tormenta di neve che rende praticamente impossibile l'avanzare. Una tormenta di fronte a cui non resta che adeguarsi e godersi il non-moto, l'infinito girare sui propri passi in una circolarità che porterà il viaggiatore al centro del nulla. Incredibilmente adeguato anche il suono della chitarra solista che sembra venire da un vecchio ampli valvolare registrato in presa diretta e senza alcun effetto se non quel riverbero old-fashioned che tanti di noi hanno amato in dischi ormai impolverati e riposti da decenni nello scaffale più alto... Ma anche dischi che conosciamo a memoria e che non smetteremo mai di citare tra i nostri preferiti di sempre. Certe volte sembra anche di sentire richiami ai primi Candlemass, ma è solo un fugace pensiero perchè subito ci si perde di nuovo nell'esasperata ricerca degli anni settanta e nulla del decennio successivo sembra venire ripreso, se non appunto questo pallido richiamo soprattutto a livello di vocals, queste si in alcuni frangenti debitrici ai mitici doomsters svedesi. In definitiva un buon disco che saprà affascinare molti di voi, ma probabilmente troppo datato e involuto per oltrepassare lo stadio di band culto. Un vero peccato!

Dai 70 con amore!


TIEFGANG MUSIKMAGAZIN 05/2003

Wenn man sich die Musik von Orodruin anhört, bemerkt man unweigerlich den Einfluss von alteingesessenen Rhythmen. Als mögliche Vorbilder könnte man sicher St. Vitus und Cathedral nennen. Der musikalische Geschmack lässt Platz für traditionelle Riffs, die neben moderneren Effekten ihren Platz finden. Die Harmonie beider zieht sich wie ein roter Faden durch das Album und lässt die Musik abwechslungsreich und durchdacht wirken. Spieltechnisch variieren die Saiteninstrumente zwischen rockigen Parts und tonnenschweren Riffs. Genauso überlegt kommt der Gesang daher. Die Vocals von Mike Puleo schaffen es, die jeweiligen Soundabschnitte so zu begleiten, dass sie einander ergänzen und mögliche Schwachstellen zu vermeiden wissen. Man kann der Band eine gewisse Routine bescheinigen und das sie die Fähigkeiten besitzt, Doom in Reinkultur fabrizieren zu können ohne in monotone Tristanei zu verfallen. Eine solide Arbeit, die weder unangenehme Überraschungen birgt, aber auch keine wirklichen Highlights bieten kann. Empfehlenswerte Tracks: "Melancholia", "Burn The Witch" und den Titelsong "Epicurean Mass".


FRANANG ZINE, FRANCE

Another Doom Metal release from this label, this time a bit more in the 90's Cathedral "Forest Of Equilibrium" vein in which Orodruin directly stole some of their solos. The clean vocals could here and there remind Candlemass one without reaching its quality. Most of the vocals are very low spoken/sang one which increase the doomish atmosphere. The result is pretty heavy and mournful with some accelerated tempos. The guitar gain has a little Winter's trademark.


(stonerrock.com)

Now this is more like it! Serious doom/classic rock vibe coming from Orodruin...

If you are a fan of Saint Vitus, Candlemass, Sabbath then check out their latest: Epicurean Mass. It's been a while since I have heard a band that really drives it home like Orodruin, their sound is doom and blues based, at times reminding me of Solitude Aeturnus crossed with Sour Vein...there is a hardcore edge there for sure.

The guitars are tuned down chainsaw monster over driven and tasty throughout this CD. Think of the throttling power that Goatsnake or YOB get across. It's tuned down low to say the least. The vocals are melodic, lots of harmonies and sometimes remind me of the vocals off of the first King Crimson record. Crisp and to the point. Overall these cats work well together and I am thoroughly impressed.

This CD is a doom new fave of mine and will get played often for a while...fans of doom will dig it, it's hard to deny just how tastefully done it is. Also, fans of Cathedral will dig this I believe.


www.metal-rules.com

May 2003

I’m sure a lot of you out there have heard of the Born Too Late doom metal festival (Born Too Late). If so you might have heard of one John Gallo, who helps with the festival and runs its website. In 1998 John began gathering like-minded doomsters to form his band, Orodruin. After taking some time to put together the lineup, the band has forged ahead and has become a somewhat recognized name in the underground. To date the band has 2 discs under their belts, last year’s demo disc, and this year’s thundering EPICUREAN MASS.

In my research on the band it became apparent immediately that they’ve been getting some rave reviews for this disc. Comparisons to St. Vitus, Witchfinder General, and Cathedral fly around this band like a halo hailing them as the second coming of true doom metal. Well, I’ll admit that the comparisons are indeed apt (perhaps a little My Dying Bride is in there as well), Orodruin rumbling along reverently, pounding out slow metallic grooves. However, I don’t know if I’d agree with the enthusiastic reviews. The reason for this being that Orodruin doesn’t capture my interest.

Everything that you’d expect in a crushing doom release is present on EPICUREAN MASS, but for some reason it all just blurs together for me and never sticks with me. Many times I’ve put on this CD to listen to it and then found myself 50 minutes later not remembering a single note. I think part of the problem I have is with the vocals of Mike Puleo. His voice just isn’t all that distinctive; it doesn’t reach out and grab you. Also, the production of the album is somewhat dull, blending the instruments into one blurry sludge. I’m sure that this was somewhat intentional, but for me it doesn’t work.

I don’t know, maybe I just don’t “get it” with Orodruin. Wouldn’t be the first time I’ve done that with a band. Then again, I’m just not a huge doom fan to begin with. If you are a doom fanatic however, then Orodruin will definitely interest you. (Rating: 2.7/5 | Reviewer: Waspman)


THE ROCKTHRONE, ITALY 05/2003

ORODRUIN SONO L'ENNESIMA BAND DOOM CHE LA NUOVA ETICHETTA PSYCHEDOOMELIC PUBBLICA IN POCO TEMPO ED È UN'ALTRA GRADITA SORPRESA PER I FANS DI QUESTO TIPO DI MUSICA E, A DIFFERENZA DEI LORO COMPAGNI DI ETICHETTA WALL OF SLEEP SUONANO UN DOOM PIÙ CLASSICO PREGNO DI UNA FORTE SPIRITUALITÀ E DALL'ATMOSFERA OMBROSA E GREVE CHE PARE UNA SORTA DI DOLOROSO VIAGGIO INTERIORE NEL CUPO MONDO DOOM; IMMAGINATEVI UN MIX FRA IL SUONO PIÙ RUVIDO DEI BLACK SABBATH E LA VOCE STENTOREA DEI CANDLEMASS ANCHE SE A VOLTE LA BAND SI AVVICINA AL SUONO SPORCO E MACILENTO DEI KINGS OF DOOM ELECTRIC WIZARD. DOPO L'INTRO CON UN LUGUBRE ORGANO ARRIVA "PEASANTS LAMENT" CHE ASSOCIA AL TRADIZIONALE SUONO DOOM UNA RITMICA MOLTO POTENTE E UNA CHITARRA CHE DISEGNA NERI RIFF TAGLIENTI CHE PERÒ SI ILLUMINA NEGLI OTTIMI SOLOS RICCHI DI DISTORSIONI E CHE POSSIEDE NELLA PARTE FINALE UN TOCCO DARK DONATOLE DA TENEBROSE TASTIERE; "MELANCHOLIA" È UN ALTRO BRANO LENTO DAL SOUND PACHIDERMICO E CUPO CHE TRASMETTE UN SENSO DI DOLORE NELL'ASCOLTAOTRE. A SEGUENTE "PIERCED BY CRUEL WINDS" È UN BRANO POTENTISSIMO ANNEGATO IN UN MARE DI DISTORSIONI CON SPLENDIDI ASSOLI LISERGICI E CON UN RABBRIVIDENTE CHORUS RALLENTATO CHE, ASSIEME ALLA SEGUENTE "UNSPEAKABLE TRUTH", LENTA E ROBOANTE E CON UNA BELLA PARTE ETEREO IPNOTICA, POTREBBE APPARTENERE AL REPERTORIO DEGLI ELECTRIC WIZARD, SE NON FOSSE PER IL DIVERSO TONO VOCALE; STESSO DISCORSO VALE PER "BURN THE WITCH" CON IL SUO SUONO OSSIANICO MENTRE LA SEGUENTE "WAR CRY" POSSIEDE UN CANTATO AMMALIANTE CON UNA SPETTACOLARE SEZIONE RITMICA E TOCCANTI INSERTI DI TASTIERE. CHIUDE L'EPICA TITLE TRACK CON IL SUO SUONO INTENSO E LA SUA BELLA ARMONIA VOCALE CHE NE AUMENTA LA SPIRITUALITÀ E CON IL SUO TOCCANTE FINALE ACUSTICO. PER I FANS DEL GENERE UNA PIACEVOLE SCOPERTA.


CD SERVICES / SCOTLAND 05/2003 (by Andy G)

ORODRUIN: Epicurean Mass CD£13.99
Slow and steady stoner-influence rock with more than a touch of the early Black Sabbath to it all as the slowly trailing, dark vocal weaves a path over menacing waves of decelerated guitar riffs running like a river of activate sludge, before gathering pace and doing the whole early Sabbath makeover to perfection. In its own way, it's positively refreshing to hear this way of doing things, especially as you also get some sizzling lead guitar solos in there too. With acres of space for the guitar work, a clutch of classic seventies-influenced songs, a dirty but superbly produced sounds, huge disembowelling electric bass and those churning guitars, all propelled and anchored by some solid drum work, this is one of the best examples of the genre.


Just for kicks 05/2003

Es gibt noch hervorragende Bands und eine hervorragende Veröffentlichung eben einer dieser erreicht mich hier mit mit dem neuen Orodruin Album, das Erinnerungen an die seligen alten Cathedral und Trouble aufkommen lässt und den besten Alben dieser Band in nichts nachsteht! Nun, wie hören sich Orodruin an? Sie pressen einen förmlich in den Sitz und frönen dem Doom Metal mit einer gewaltigen Portion Heaviness und einer ebenso gewaltigen Portion Rock´n Roll. Orodruin spielen keinen langweiligen Doom , sondern bieten die gesamte Palette dieses Genre dar: mal langsam und bedrohlich, mal eher fluffig und „kiffig“ und ebenso oft mitreißend, mit eben einer gewaltigen Portion Rock´n Roll; diese Band ist richtig heavy! Sehr interessant an diesem Album ist die gebotene Abwechslung, denn man lockert das Geschehen sehr oft mit richtig guten Breaks und Soli auf und trotz der langen Songs wird es niemals langweilig. Songs wie „Pierced By Cruel Winds“, „Burn The Witch“ oder das melancholische, jedoch druckvolle “Epicurean Mass : Drink Deep From The Cup Of Bacchus” entpuppen sich sehr schnell als Juwelen und machen lange Spaß.


ORODRUIN: My personnal favorite! Okay, one or two songs sounds SOOOOO much like CATHEDRAL and there is even somewhere a riff quite similar to the main one from "Spiral Architect" from "you-know-who" but the overall musicianship is flawless. And especially the songs rock!!!! (Zoltar Badin, Heard and Heavy-France)


LIVE4METAL 04/2003

You want doom? You got it. After the organ introduction of “The Welcoming,” Orodruin’s doom begins spilling over the sides with the creepy “Peasants Lament.” The tune, just like the remaining six tracks on the album, has a heavy fuzz-filled, down-tuned, groove that brings to mind Black Sabbath, Candlemass, Cathedral and any number of other doom/stoner bands. I wasn’t initially taken with Mike Puleo’s vocals, but warmed up to them on the second listen. The back-of-the-mix, distorted, singing heard on albums by High on Fire and Sourvein is not present here. For this style of music, I thought the singing could have been mixed down a bit and just a little dirtier, but that’s more of a preference than a criticism. Instead, Puleo uses a clean singing style, albeit with an ever-present sinister tone. I guess I just enjoyed the music more than the singing. There is a definite 70s, old school feel to the music on Epicurean Mass, which suits me just fine. The pace slows on songs like “Meloncholia,” an apt title for a tune that is filled with beautifully melodic guitar passages and an up-tempo part that is early Sabbath to the hilt. The music tends to be of a slower tempo, but not the painfully dragging kind. Things do kick into high riff gear at several points on the album. Just check out the mid-paced chug on “Pierced by Cruel Winds” and the evil groove on sections of “Burn the Witch.” In the latter case, you are pulled down beneath waves of slow burning doom, but get a swift kick in the ass for moments of mega-jamming. The song’s naked bass lines that precede the switch to faster tempo made the hair on the back of my neck stand up. The guitar soloing throughout is first rate and perfectly executed, while the riffs are what you would expect from a quality doom band. The band’s use of melancholy organ on tracks like “War Cry” is well done and provides breaks from the guitar/bass drone at just the right times. Mike Waske’s drumming is also quite good; his approach keeps things interesting, but never sounds overdone. The quartet features two guitarists, but John Gallo doubles on organ. The sound mix also boasts a fat bass sound, courtesy of singer Mike Puleo. Overall, Epicurean Mass is a solid, roots-based, doom album that should please most fans of the genre, but certainly doesn’t break any new ground. (by Scott)


Unbroken Metal - 04/2003

ORODRUIN: "Epicurean Mass" (Psychedoomelic Records)
Orodruin beginnen mit einem Regen-Ungewitter-Intro wie bei der allerersten Sabbath-LP, und enden mit einem ähnlichen solchen (inklusive kultigem Vinyl-Knacken). Dazwischen gibt's eine Dreiviertelstunde traditionellen Doom, zu dem mir leider die Songtitel nicht vorliegen, aber besonders haben mir Track 4 und 7 gefallen. Positiv macht sich der angenehme Gesang in mittlerer Tonlage bemerkbar; hier wird nicht versucht, jemanden zu imitieren. Von dem relativ flotten Track 4 zu dem (wenngleich nicht durchgehend) extrem slowen Track 6 ist ein Spannungsgefälle da, wie es sein sollte. Gelegentlich werden mal Orgeln eingesetzt, besonders schön in dem einfühlsamen Track 7. Makelloses Scheibchen der New Yorker Formation! Kontakt: Psychedoomelic Records, Hegedüs Mark, Mauerbachstr. 42/2/6, A-1140 Wien, www.psychedoomelic.com Rüdiger Abend: 7,5/10


http://www.quintessence.sh, Netherlands 4/2003

There where Reverend Bizarre`s album can be seen as last years top album concerning traditional doom metal, Orodruin, from upstate New York, probably will head in the same direction for this year, although we are still in the beginning of 2003. Man, I am really impressed by this debut album. Orodruin, which means Mount Doom, but I guess most of you will know that now Tolkien is more than famous these days, managed to record an album in a style that was set by legendary bands such as Saint Vitus, Black Sabbath, The Obsessed and the likes. But also a band like Cathedral comes to mind listening to Epicurean Mass. The album starts out with a creepy sounding organ, that will appear later on as well, to kick of with a killer track called "Peasants Lament". The production is awesome, it all sounds clear but yet utterly heavy. I can go on writing down superlatives concerning this album but I can only urge you to get this album A.S.A.P. If you`re into bands like Cathedral you`ll definitely dig this. To find out more about these guys you should wait on the interview we`ll be doing with this fabulous new doomact.

Pim


www.heavymetal.hu, Hungary 04/2003

A kiadó nevébõl máris bizonyosak lehetünk benne, hogy az amerikai banda milyen csapáson halad elsõ albumán. Súlyos, antikommersz doom metallal van tehát dolgunk, aminek –felfogása és zeneisége végett- kábé annyi esélye van a kereskedelmi mûsorokba kerülésreni, mint egy 20 másodperces grindcore darálásnak. Az pedig nem sok.

Ha nem ismerném a kiadót, akár még megtéveszthetõnek is nevezhetném a billentyûs intrót, de az azt követõ Peasants Lament egybõl leken egy sallert, pillanatnyi bizalmatlanságomért. Sabbathista, de az õsnél jóval súlyosabb riffelés és bõdületes garázs hangzás örvendezteti meg a Végzet híveit, a maga csigalassú módján.

Az Epicurean Mass egyébként még doomnak is veszettül súlyos; leginkább a Cathedral:Endtyme lemezét, a Mood:Slow Down korongját, illetve a Saint Vitus bizonyos dolgait nevezném meg egy asszociációs játékban az anyag hallatán. Az ikergitározást leszámítva tehát nem sok kapaszkodót találhat itt egy olyan ember, aki nem híve a lassan hömpölygõ zenének.

Az Orodruin egy olyan munkát hozott össze, ami egybõl helyreteszi mindenkiben a súlyosság fogalmát. A hozzáállás 1000 pontos, és nekem tényleg tetszik a lemez, de egy erõs 7-es az, amit még a legobjektívebb mércével is mindenkinek meg kell, hogy érjen. A cuccból a szokott címen lehet rendelni: info@psycheDOOMelic.com (7/10, Hajas)


John Perez / Brainticket -

Orodruin: Epicurian Mass: CD $16: Arghh! DOOM metal! Straight up heavy doom metal that pays homage to the gods – Vitus, Trouble, Candlemass, Sabbath, Pentagram. Currently getting maximum spins over at BT land this is supremely good. Doom metal is more alive than ever with quality shit like this. Buy it.


BLACK TEARS MAILORDER / UK (Russ Smith)

Orodruin - "Epicurean Mass" Along with the Reverend Bizarre CD, this is the best old school Doom release in an aeon. For all fans that worship the likes of Revelation, St Vitus, early Trouble and,of course, Black Sabbath. Mighty, mighty, mighty riffs and divine doom drenched melodies rule throughout. Highly recommended!!


Rockinform, Hungary FEB, 2003

Orodruin: Epicurean Mass
Saint Doom/PsycheDOOMelic

Az öt esztendõs, New York-i Orodruin néhány demó után hozta ki elsõ nagylemezét a magyar PsycheDOOMleic kiadónál. Kiérlelt riffekben - bár hirtelen fordulatokban, hangulatváltásokban nem - bõvelkedik a közel ötvenperces, nyolc plusz egy rejtett dalt - recsegés - tartalmazó, karakteres, lassan poroszkáló, epikus doom anyag. A dob feszes, az ének kíméletes, a gitár és a bõgõ, valamint az alkalmanként felbukkanó billentyû erõteljes, robosztus hangzásban nyomul a féken tartott nótákban, a Pierced By Cruel Winds és az Unspeakable Thruth-féle masszív, hatásos tételek, ígéretes dolgokat vetítenek elõre koncertjeikkel kapcsolatban is. Hálás hallgatnivaló a sötét és melankolikus Epicurean Mass.

A kiadvány postai utalványon feladott 2500 ft-ért (pkg-vel) a következõ címen rendelhetõ meg: Hegedüs Márk, 9653 Répcelak, Avar u. 6/B; honlap: www.orodruin.us 49'16" -norbitam