Orestea

Classic Rock - - THE HARD STUFF ALBUMS -

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Tak­ing the emo way out. Caught be­tween head­ing into the alt.rock blue yon­der or build­ing up their fan base, Guild­ford emoflavoured rock­ers Orestea have cho­sen the lat­ter course. Af­ter all, they have the power chords, the edgy, an­gu­lar riffs and im­pas­sioned vo­cals of Lisa Avon to carry it off.

Dense, clat­ter­ing drums and a deep, res­o­nant bass set up the open­ing Wel­come To Sur­viville (sic), be­fore Avon steams in with the first of her stri­dent, har­monic hooks, with the rest of the band catch­ing up quickly. By the time they reach the ti­tle song on track three they’re see­ing how fierce they can be while hang­ing on to the melodies.

But it’s the slow, bit­ter-sweet Get­away and the en­hanced sounds on al­bum closer Burn­ing Bridges that of­fer a more dis­tinc­tive way for­ward.

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