Ever notice how sometimes the freshest breath of air comes from something that’s not really fresh at all? Yeah, me neither. Dated is dated, but sometimes dated can be cool. Now imagine if AC/DC, KISS and KROKUS had some sort of love child (when Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons are involved, anything’s possible). Once you get over the “ewwww” factor of the visual image, you ought to start thinking, “that might not sound half bad”. Unless you hate Hard Rock, in which case, why are reading this? Anyway, that’s what THE ORDER bring to the table on their sophomore album, “Metal Casino”.
The album could only really be considered “Metal” by those same people who call the previously mentioned three bands “Metal”, to the rest of us, THE ORDER play Hard Rock, pure and simple. The KROKUS influence comes naturally as both hail from Switzerland, so I’d image the boys in THE ORDER heard quite a bit of KROKUS growing up. Everything you’d expect from a classic Hard Rock album is in order (no pun intended) on “Metal Casino”: whisky-infused vocals, check; driving guitars, check; grooving bass, check; drums stuck in basically the same time-signature throughout, check; clichéd lyrics about women, partying and rocking, check. The recipe’s simple and THE ORDER follow it down to the last spec. The problem is, the sound is dated and many of the originators are still going strong, so it could be argued that a band like THE ORDER is rather unnecessary. But hey, it’s also a timeless and fun sound and one can never have too much fun. THE ORDER are good at what they do and “Metal Casino” is simply a good-time record. For those that say that it’s possible to have too much of a good thing, I say loosen up some.
(Online December 15, 2007)