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Orthodox - Amanecer en Puerta Oscura (LP)

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Origin: Spain
Released: 2007
Catalog number: AR 020
Limited edition on black vinyl. Deluxe gatefold sleeve!

Is there a direct link between jazz and doom? Spain's Orthodox seems to think there is, and Amancer En Puerta Oscura is their attempt to prove so. Of the seven tracks, only two really fit within any sort of conventional context, ambiance. With these more avante-garde songs, the two primary instruments are bass and drums, with the guitar pushed back to a supporting role, adding color alongside the decidedly non-doom clarinet and trumpet. It's colorful music that shows the breadth of the band's influences, but it's also at odds with those other, more straightforward songs. That adds up to a schizophrenic listen.

With this album they are getting into Kayo Dot territory where the heavy stuff is sparsely mixed into the jazzier/folkier, almost ambient work.

I think it's brilliant. A brave record from a band that is prepared to push the envelope a little bit and go for some tangential ideas in a genre that generally doesn't deviate too far from the norm. When they Doom-out, it's pure avant-garde metal in a sort of Celtic Frost's Into the Pandemonium tradition. Definitely worth a listen if you dig the jazzier end of prog (say King crimson's Larks' Tongues in Aspic era although this is more minimal in feel) and fancy something a bit out of the ordinary.