|Ortega is a four-piece sludge/doom collective from the north of The Netherlands. Four men tell a tale of the sea which is told in a broad and visual manner. the sound is best described as dark metal balanced with soundscapes and slow, heavy riffs.
Formed in 2007, the band recorded their first album in 2009 after a series of gigs, which they eventually released it in January 2010. The album 1634 was recorded and mixed by JB van der Wal (Dr. Doom, Herder, Aborted), who is also known for his work for Dr. Doom, Greyline, Grinding Halt and Suffering Quota.
1634, released as a concept album, received many great reviews. The CD was packaged in a limited handmade cover. In 2011 they re-released the album on cassette.
Aesthetic Death Records re-released 1634 in 2012 as deluxe black on black digi-pack with UV spot varnish, 8-page booklet and renewed artwork.
The band went back into the studio in 2011, again with JB van der Wal, to record their follow-up EP A Flame Never Rises On Its Own, which was released by Badger Records in 2012.
In 2012 They went to the studios yet again to record The Serpent Stirs; their longest output so far, clocking over 18 minutes of psychedelic doom. The Serpent Stirs is a sonic voyage. A trial of battles with inner demons, which binds us in our mind. Released as a limited cassette by Tartarus Records.
Our great self crawls in blood. Its hide is raw.