ORION "Voyage To The Promised Land"
Though not my ordinary, usual cup of tea, I'm foremostly impressed with the way this album came out. My suspect that the band financed it themselves, but the quality could put some proper label to shame. Some fitting, elaborate graphic job grace this (I think) one of the thickest booklet from a Malaysian band release to date, your $$$ ploughed for this CD will be well spent. Aesthetic appeal aside, ORION is by far and large a symphonic, progressive power Metal band. I'm putting 'symphonic' on the very front simply on the fact that is the main clairvoyant in ORION's Metal, the arrangements and the way they move the songs are, well; symphonic. You could be assured there will be much going on in there, the songs are taken for a bountiful ride through various apex and the deepest abyss, befitting the storytelling-like tales of the lyrics. There's no question on the musicianship either, bands like them usually married to their instruments to put it softly. And the instruments, of course, are being utilised to their utmost here. ORION is mostly the creation of the talented one Mr. Badang, he did everything from the arrangements down to the graphical manipulations. Not exactly my kind of Metal, so to say; but for those into the likes of Rhapsody, Avantasia, Luca Turilli, and the rest of the dreamy, enchanted power Metal realm, this could be your wet dream. I'm stuck with Badang's previous guise in MELON KING, those are some pummeling speed power Metal galore. "Voyage To The Promised Land" will appeal to the power Metal crowd in any sense anyway, thus I find it not that important to list down the guest of some stellar musician of the local scene on it, as the music more than makes up for its own.