Rating:
7.8
Ortega - The Serpent Stirs [EP]
1 December 2012


01. The Serpent Stirs


What is music?

Seriously, what is music? Many "academic" sources state many different answers to what seems like and easy question: But when you actually take a minute to think about it, what would you say it is? I was asked this in my physics class earlier this week and it made me think. I took an analytical route and decided that it is "the arrangement of sound in a creative manner." Simple right? Simple, but effective. Another person said that music is "sound that is pleasing to our ears." I liked this answer, even though it's completely incorrect. The answer was more of a personal answer, rather than a factual. It made me think even more about what music actually is. Where am I going with this, you ask?

I don't have a clue.

BUT, what I do know for a fact, is that the Dutch band Ortega indeed plays music. Good music at that. The Serpent Stirs is an 18 minute long song that band released near the end of 2012. The 18 minutes of "creatively arranged sound" starts off as nothing more than a hum. A gentle, buzzing hum. The hum builds and builds, the down tuned guitars and warm bass build and build, slowly becoming more and more powerful. The slow initial riffs, and bass lines then erupt into a fury of post-metal intensity. The atmosphere fills with crashing cymbals and heavy, heavy (oh so heavy) riffs. Then, like a tropical storm, as soon as they came, they're gone again.

Then, the absolutely soul-melting vocals of Richard Postma come into play. Oh boy oh boy does this man have a throat. The vicious mix continues its rampage, broken off momentarily for a guitar solo of epic post-portions.

And then, without missing a beat, the storm is gone again. The threat constantly lingers, however, and not long after, it explodes. The beat down of sonic-sounds and groovy-growls continues to pummel and pummel the shore. The structure isn't going to surprise you too much, there's nothing really new or exciting here, but what Ortega does, they do well. Post-metal and sludge the way it's supposed to be. Like a tropical storm.

Performance: 9
Songwriting: 9
Originality: 7
Production: 9


Band profile: Ortega
Album: The Serpent Stirs


 


written by Boxcar Willy | 17.05.2013



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.starrk - 17.05.2013 at 14:35  
Found this album fairly recently, absolutely fell in love with the band. I spent an entire day at work just listening to this song on repeat. I definitely recommend this to anyone who is a fan of the genre.
theFIST - 17.05.2013 at 21:38  
Why is the album cover different next to the review than for the rest of the site?
Boxcar Willy - 18.05.2013 at 00:59  
Written by theFIST on 17.05.2013 at 21:38

Why is the album cover different next to the review than for the rest of the site?

I used the vinyl cover as the thumbnail for this review, as it has recently been released via said media.


http://ortegaband.bandcamp.com/

Check it out.
Merchant of Doom - 18.05.2013 at 01:33  
Outstanding band....
theFIST - 18.05.2013 at 03:35  
Written by Boxcar Willy on 18.05.2013 at 00:59

Written by theFIST on 17.05.2013 at 21:38

Why is the album cover different next to the review than for the rest of the site?

I used the vinyl cover as the thumbnail for this review, as it has recently been released via said media.


http://ortegaband.bandcamp.com/

Check it out.

so there is a picture submitted for every front page review?

tried it, don"t like it
Kuroboshi - 18.05.2013 at 04:46  
If you like Isis, Col, Neurosis and the like, Ortega is a safe bet. I like the wandering feeling of this EP. Good review!
Dylan - 19.05.2013 at 13:33  
Good stuff, can't go wrong for 1 either.

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