Album Review: Orbital Platypus – Orbital Platypus

Orbital Platypus

The self-titled album by a French act Orbital Platypus is an instrumental progressive fusion album that seamlessly blends the complexity and technicality of progressive metal with the improvisation and harmonic sophistication of jazz.

Following an intro, the album opens with “Ignition”, a track that showcases the band’s ability to create intricate and dynamic compositions that seamlessly integrate elements from both genres. The guitar work is particularly noteworthy, with a mix of shredding and melodic solos that are both technically impressive and emotionally impactful. The drums and bass also shine, providing a solid foundation for the rest of the band to build upon.

One of the standout tracks on the album is “ZeWhür l’inquisiteur de la lumière noire” which features a complex and nuanced drum performance, expertly complemented by the rest of the band, with a particular emphasis on the piano, that adds a jazzy touch to the track.

The production on “Orbital Platypus” is excellent, with each instrument given space to breathe and shine. The band’s use of dynamics is also impressive, as they seamlessly transition from crushingly heavy sections to more melodic and introspective passages.

All in all, “Orbital Platypus” is an outstanding album that showcases the band’s mastery of the instrumental progressive metal/jazz fusion. It is a must-listen for fans of both genres, and anyone looking for an intellectually stimulating and musically challenging listening experience. The band’s ability to blend two seemingly different genres into a cohesive and enjoyable listening experience is truly impressive.

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