Released April 5, 2019
Post Metal, Post Hardcore, Progressive Metal
Yeah I'll admit it, the cover got me. I definitely would not have clicked on this if it weren't for the awesome cover, but then I looked further into it and each song here is titled after a type of sandwich. We open with the almighty Sloppy Joe, we have a Monte Cristo, and we have a Fluffernutter. These are all instrumental post metal pieces with atmospheric guitars and sludgy bass, as well as very chaotic drums. The occasional noise passages or even math rock influence here and there, but mostly this is a pretty straightforward but rocking record. I was surprised to find a decent post metal record behind a pretty goody concept. The dystopian intensity of songs like Horshoe, or the closing track send chills up my back. Definitely some of my favorite metal arrangements of the year so far even if sonically this record is a bit one dimensional. I find the climaxes and the odd detours that ORSO bring to the table are absolutely phenomenal and bring a lot of versatility and excitement to the record. Admittedly the songs are extremely long and at times long winded but the song Sloppy Joe is a perfect example of that length feeling like a breeze. Obviously you know what you're getting into when you listen to Post Metal so these long songs shouldn't be a surprise. I do think ORSO are just getting started though and I would love to hear this band experiment more with production and sound design to create a more sonically interesting record. Because the concepts and the arrangements are stellar at points, as are the performances. The chemistry is there, the talent is there, I just hope we hear more sonic adventure in the future.
THIS IS THE INCEPTION OF SANDWICH METAL
Favorite Tracks: Horshoe, Sloppy Joe, Mitrailette, Smorgastarta, Fluffernutter, Choripan
Least Favorite Tracks: Jucy Lucy