Orbit Culture
Nija

Their new album, Nija, is my introduction to Orbit Culture. Before this, if I had been asked about them, I would have assumed they were a cult-like society dedicated to American astronaut John Glenn. They’re Swedish, so while that’s unlikely, I haven’t personally asked them.

Not only am I (probably) incorrect regarding their origin story, I am also a fool for thinking they’re a new band as this is their third full length. Upon first listen, I received some Gojira vibes mixed with Engel. Remember those guys? No, you don’t. Wait! One of their albums was reviewed here? What the hell…?

If that comparison turned you off, keep in mind I said “upon first listen.” After a while, like love in a lengthy relationship, that feeling fades away.

As for the music, opener “At The Front” has a pretty good hook and groove, as well as an all too short solo near the end. I’m more reminded now after several listens of a combination between Fear Factory and Strapping Young Lad.

The SYL comparison really takes hold on “Open Eye.” . The groove itself is very reminiscent even though the vocals aren’t necessarily. If you’re hard of hearing, you may mistake them for Hevy Devy himself. Once again, these guys know how to write a hook.

Throughout its runtime, there are many standouts. If you’re looking for groove, go with the tracks mentioned above. You could also listen to “Mirrorslave,” which has a Gojira mixed with radio rock vibe because of the mostly clean vocals. The only growls in the track come with about a minute left, which maximizes their impact.

If for some reason you’re thinking; “I need a break from all of this groove,” first of all, you’re a moron, but if that’s truly what your heart desires, you can sink your little baby chompers into “Rebirth.” Do you see what I did? “Baby chompers…?” The song title? Of course, this track is the slowest on the album and pretty close to what one would call a ballad. At least for the first couple minutes. The chorus may be the best one on display here. This track still goes through many movements and changes throughout its nearly 6-minute runtime where you may ask yourself if you’re still listening to the same song.

Well, Orbit Culture certainly took me by surprise. This is definitely metal of the more accessible variety. The influences are displayed out in the open for all to see, but what they do, they do very well. I’ve heard albums with Gojira influences and I’ve heard some which sometimes sound like blatant rip offs. Despite how good it is, Irist’s Order of the Mind from this year, they’re more in the latter category, whereas Orbit Culture is in the former. Orbit Culture forges their own path here. I recommend picking it up because it’s well worth your time and money. If you’re like me, after listening, you’ll probably make it a point to pick up their previous releases, too. I enjoy this one from start to finish.

 

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Written by J Mays
October 13th, 2020

Comments

  1. Commented by: F.Rini

    Sounds really cool. Some truly insane drumming going on there. Nice review, James!


  2. Commented by: J. Mays

    Thanks, man! I didn’t see this one coming, but it scratches an itch I didn’t know I had.


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