|Orphanage - Inside (6/10) - Netherlands - 2000 |
Genre: Gothic Metal
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Playing time: 54:52
Band homepage: Orphanage
- Twisted Games
- The Stain
- Deal With The Real
- Weakness Of Flesh
- Drag You Down
- From The Cradle To The Grave
Whoa, the Dutch team has changed quite a bit... From the beginning of the opening "Grip" you realise that the guitars and bass sound very modern, hm. Add the harsh voice of George Oosthoek and you have a completely un-atmospheric atmosphere, which is only broken by Rosan van der Aa's melodic voice in the choirs, where the music grows more mellow, too.
The following tracks also show ORPHANAGE as a very modern version of the Gothic Metal-with-duet-vocals-landscape, which is not so densely populated anymore anyway, which also is clearly showcased by tracks like "The Stain", "Pain" or the very modern "Kick".
The contrast to these songs is built by tracks like the title-track "Inside" and "Deal With The Real", where Rosan has a lot more space and the music also sound more traditional, "Behold", which almost builds up a sacral atmosphere by the use of an organ in contrast to the modern guitars and the closing "From The Cradle To The Grave", which is closest to the first two albums.
There are people, who will gladly welcome the opening towards modern sounds, but I like ‚my' Gothic Metal atmospheric, but still heavy, like TRISTANIA and now also AFTER FOREVER.