Orymus – Miracles

Orymus - Miracles

Progressive music fans can generally be classified into one of two categories: those who listen for the music and those who listen for the experience. While members of the former group will be very impressed by OrymusMiracles, members of the latter will find that it is quite an excellent piece of work. It is an album that you will love if you’re a regular fan of its style, but don’t expect it to be one of those rare cross-genre wonders.

Orymus plays progressive rock with a few elements of heavy metal/hard rock, and fans of likes such Iron Maiden, Queensryche, Deep Purple, Whitesnake and Helloween are apt to find something familiar in their sound. Tracks generally consist of simple dominating metal chord patterns with more complex underlying melodies. Instead of focusing on technical musicianship, each track of Miracles attempts to evoke a certain mood or feeling – and it does this quite well. Most tracks revolve around a central musical theme, but they manage to repeat themselves without feeling repetitive. Though the music is never too heavy or too relaxed, it still manages to span a wide range of musical styles, with tracks that are equal parts dark, calm, angry and passionate. It is vibrant with emotional quality, and the music is very refined – Miracles certainly has a high production quality, and the members of Orymus know how to complement each other well.

That is, in fact, Miracles‘ greatest strength. The music and the vocals suit each other very well, and combine to create the emotional experience that is the album’s best quality. Appreciation of vocals varies from person to person – some will the voice of Daniel Brönnimann, some won’t. The best you can do is listen to the clip below and decide for yourself.

Ultimately, Miracles is very well made for what it is. While those who prefer more complex melodies won’t find it enthralling, it is clear that Orymus‘ musicians are quite talented, and the simple nature of the music is more of a stylistic choice than an indicator of poor musicianship. Miracles left quite a good impression on me. It is subdued but expressive, with little technicality but a lot of feeling.

Tracklist:

1. End of the World 04:19
2. Just One Minute 03:39
3. Carried Away 03:47
4. Testament of a Simple Man 04:38
5. So Long 07:18
6. One’s Last Breath 02:35
7. Never Again 03:17
8. Fountain of Youth 03:29
9. Another Friend of Mine 05:29
10. One’s First Step 01:38

Line-up:

* Daniel Brönnimann – vocals
* Yves Linder – guitar
* Beni Zahno – guitar
* Simon Binggeli – bass
* Jan Fürst – drums

Links:

https://orymus.bandcamp.com

https://www.facebook.com/Orymus.Official

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