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Orphans of Dusk
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Death, Doom Metal from Dunedin, New Zealand & Sydney, Australia.
Death, Doom Metal from Dunedin, New Zealand & Sydney, Australia.

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Today 'Revenant' is officially unleashed on CD through Hypnotic Dirge Records & Solitude Productions. Store links below...

Australians, New Zealanders, Indonesians and neighbours, the band still has copies you can buy direct from us (includes a free 11cm x 7cm sticker). Send $15 AUD via Paypal to bringbacktheriff@gmail.com and include your full name and full address.

Hypnotic Dirge Records: http://www.hypnoticdirgerecords.com/hypnotic-dirge-webstore.php#!/Orphans-of-Dusk-Revenant/p/49650156/category=6794198

Solitude Productions: http://www.solitudestore.com/en/product/orphans-of-dusk-2015-revenant-ep/

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The Orphans of Dusk CD release 'Revenant' is now available for pre-order via Hypnotic Dirge Records here: http://tinyurl.com/po338mp | For Australians, New Zealanders, Indonesians and other countries in this part of the world, we have 50 copies to sell direct from the band. Send $15 AUD via Paypal to bringbacktheriff@gmail.com and include your full name and full address. All pre-orders will ship out May 4. All 50 copies from the band will include a free 11cm x 7cm Orphans of Dusk sticker. Cheers!
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Solitude Productions have now listed the Orphans of Dusk CD release 'Revenant' for pre-order on their web-store: tinyurl.com/pea75wh | Australians, New Zealanders, Indonesians and neighbours, the band still has copies you can buy direct from us (includes a free 11cm x 7cm sticker). Send $15 AUD via Paypal to bringbacktheriff@gmail.com and include your full name and full address. All pre-orders will ship out May 4. Cheers!
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CD Version available via... 
Hypnotic Dirge Records: tinyurl.com/po338mp 

Digital Version available here: https://orphansofdusk.bandcamp.com/album/revenant
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Orphans of Dusk EP 'Revenant' scores an 86/100 with Peek-A-Boo-Magazine!

The debut EP of this New Zealand/Australian gothic-doom metal band has some elements from Type O Negative in its music. The self-released EP is out for some 6 months, but I wanted to review it anyway. Especially because they have now a deal with Hypnotic Dirge Records and Solitude Productions Prod, that will release their debut internationally.

This EP shows us the many qualties of the trio. Growls are interpersed with vocal lines.There is much variation in the numbers in terms of rhythm, structure and the use of instruments.
Starters August Price and Starless both have unexpected transitions, gothic elements (haprsichord, synth sounds…), nice drum patterns and attractive melodies.

Nibelheim also has unexpected twist and turns, but it feels a little bit too forced. It seems like they want to throw all their good ideas in one song. Beneath the Cover of Night is a rather slow gothic metal song, but after some weird synth play it ends with a doom final.

This release isa melodic EP with many variations. I look forward to the full album of this band.
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Another great 'Revenant' review! Check it out @ Teeth of the Divine!

"In my review of Mesmur's self-titled debut, I lamented the lack of death/doom in 2014. However, there were a few worthy entries in the genre last year, and one of the most exciting actually happened to be Mesmur-related. You see, their vocalist, Chris G, is also the voice in the Australia/New Zealand-based project, Orphans of Dusk, but you would never know it just from listening. While both bands work with shades of death and doom, their styles are pretty much at opposite ends of the spectrum, and Chris G adapted his vocal approach for both. This display of range and skill is just part of what makes Revenant such a promising debut EP.

Of course, an amalgamation of goth, death, and doom metal is nothing new, but there are a few things that make this group’s take on it exceptional. First off, there are the vocals of Chris G, which alternate between an articulate yet vicious growl and a deep, tuneful croon that actually reminds me of the bass-baritone vocals of Brad Roberts of Canadian alt rock act, Crash Test Dummies. Then, there’s the huge Type O Negative influence. Now, plenty of bands have been inspired by those goth metal innovators, but I’ve never heard the darkest side of their sound so powerfully embodied as it is here. The lush keyboards, huge guitar slides and bends, heavy basslines, and massive, memorable choruses throughout the four tracks immediately take me back to the best moments of October Rust. The only things missing are the fuzzed-out guitar sound and Peter Steele’s voice, but there’s no recreating that, and this isn’t all about cloning Type O anyway. Elements of melodic death and doom are equally as prominent. I hesitate to use the word “progressive,” but the way these sounds are folded together is more layered and complex than you usually hear in this genre, as the band unpredictably shifts between styles throughout unconventional song structures filled with deft guitar work and detailed percussion. At times, tracks like “August Price” and “Nibelheim” are even downright thrashy.

The only criticism that I can come up with is that the production could afford to be a little fuller, but that could be tweaked for a CD and/or vinyl pressing (the EP is digital-only at the moment). A label needs to snatch these guys up and make that happen. I also hope a full-length isn’t too far away. The genre is in need of a band like this."
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Orphans of Dusk has come to an agreement with Hypnotic Dirge Records and Solitude Productions to release our debut EP ‘Revenant’ co-operatively in early May! The album will be released in a jewel case CD, alongside a free 11cm x 7cm logo sticker!
http://www.hypnoticdirgerecords.com/
http://solitude-prod.com/
HDR - 041 / SP - 102 : Orphans of Dusk - Revenant EP
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And yet another awesome ‘Revenant’ review! 7.5/10 @ Dead Rhetoric

When it comes to death/doom, there’s often a tendency for bands to linger on the doomy side of things. There are some exceptions of course (Novembers Doom can write a real jackhammer of a song from time to time), but many forget to give the more aggressive elements their due. Not the case with the New Zealand/Australian band Orphans of Dusk.

Orphans of Dusk takes a dual approach to Revenant. On the one hand, you have more death metal inclined moments. These feature some strong growls and are usually pretty riff-centric. The riffs tend to be pretty memorable (see “Nibelheim”) and it works as a nice counter to the doom/gothic side of the band. Here you can read into the influences of everything from Type O Negative to Woods of Ypres to My Dying Bride. The clean vocals have a lower register, and along with the use of synths, bring much more of a gothic vibe to the band. If you look at the final track, “Beneath the Cover of Night,” you can listen to the gradual turnover within the track from a more traditional doom and gloom track which builds itself up for about 6 minutes and then transition to a more crushing finale. The transitions do feel pretty seamless for an initial outing.

As a four song EP, there’s a bit more value than what you may assume. Clocking in at 27 minutes, there’s a decent amount of material to be found. As Orphans of Dusk work up to their first full-length album, it will be intriguing to see if they can retain the dual façade without giving too much favor to one side or another. There’s a good division of the deathly and doomy here, and they could be on track to even better things next time around.

http://orphansofdusk.bandcamp.com/

http://deadrhetoric.com/reviews/orphans-of-dusk-revenant-self-released/
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5th review of 'Revenant' lands an 8/10 and for the first time we've been said to portray similarities to Septic Flesh and My Dying Bride as opposed to the more commonly mentioned Type O Negative and Woods of Ypres @ Metal-Temple.com

Some albums aren’t to our taste. Where as some, are just downright terrible. "Revenant", by ORPHANS OF DUSK however, is the complete opposite. With the help of the added synth, as well as Chris G’s vocal style, the whole album is full of Gothic goodness, wrapped around in a load of doom. Released on small record label Bring Back The Riff, "Revenant" is one cracker of a debut album.

With the synth that leads us into “August Price” and the basic guitar riff, it fills the air with a dark, and sludgy form of Doom metal. With the change of rhythm, especially in “August Price” which changes from the slow gothic opening, to a “hold your lighter in the air” Doom build up, to a brutal verse, with heavy fast paced guitars and drums, and brutal growls from Chris G. Just when you think it’s going to get faster, the Doom returns and brings an even better rendition of the opening 30 seconds, but with more growls, and a lot more doom. There is a constant relationship between the beauty of the synth, and the brutality of the guitar, and during songs such as “Starless” when we get a mix of growls and deep clean vocals, it creates a Viking funeral march kind of Doom.

However, I couldn’t hear the bass very well. Whether that’s just me, or because the bass just isn’t very noticeable, I don’t know. However judging by the brief amounts of base I could hear in “Nibelheim” the bass provides an additional boost to the heaviness of the instruments, whilst the synth plays almost operatic organ sounds over the top. The vocals during “Nibelheim” show how deep Chris G can actually sing. With the final song on the album “Beneath the Cover of Night” we get Doom, but in a more positive sounding way. The guitar, synth, and vocals are all in a major key, and whilst they have been playing a more Gothic tone for the most of this album, this new positive sound doesn’t drop any of the heavy. If anything, to me it sounds heavier. The band cite MY DYING BRIDE and SEPTIC FLESH as two of their influences, and you can definitely see those influences. The vocals sound very similar to the early SEPTIC FLESH, where as the guitars and the synth sound influenced by MY DYING BRIDE in the latter 2009 onwards albums. Whilst listening to "Revenant", it helps to keep reminding yourself, this is ORPHANS OF DUSK’s debut EP, and that there’s more yet to come in the following years.

"Revenant" has got the buildings of a great Gothic/Doom metal album. However, the bass isn’t very noticeable, and that marks it down a notch for me. It is still a great debut EP from ORPHANS OF DUSK and I shall be expecting great thing from them in the future.

http://orphansofdusk.bandcamp.com/

http://www.metal-temple.com/site/catalogues/entry/reviews/cd_3/o_2/orphans-of-dusk.htm
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4th review of 'Revenant' lands a 7.5/10 @ Doom-metal.com

'Revenant', the debut EP by Australian-New Zealand trio Orphans of Dusk, is a majestic cascade of chord-driven melodic Doom/Death metal that the listener can really get lost in…most of the time. Central to Orphans of Dusk's sound are the synth and bass guitar, both played by James Quested. Add to this singer Chris G's exquisite baritone, and the result is an EP that is undeniably memorable, if not fully refined. While about half of this EP demonstrates strengths similar to those that have endeared Agalloch and 40 Watt Sun to their audiences, Orphans... also include contoured death metal sections that are well played but often seem obligatory, as if they're over-conscious of the "death" half of Doom/Death. 

Opening track, 'August Price', cycles through a number of sub-styles in its first two minutes, as if taking the listener on a tour of the doom landscape. The brief fantasy melody that occurs early and reappears late is a real treat. I can't help but think of Klaus Doldinger's soundtrack to The Neverending Story, lifted into a modern metal context. Then there's the superb late sequence of leaning-tower doom that puts a morbid smile on my face. The uptempo section in the middle falls flat for me, seeming rather like a mad scramble for nothing. Fortunately, that's not the case for long. 

The next song, 'Starless', has solid cohesion, a steadier pace without superfluous fluctuation, and extensive use of Chris G's excellent clean voice. It's during a long and mostly instrumental interlude in the song's second half where Orphans of Dusk truly show what they're made of, soaking melodic chord passages with as much emotion as any vocal passage. This is the kind of stunningly effective songwriting that will have me returning to this EP again and again. 

Elsewhere, 'Revenant' is preoccupied with progressive metal à la Woods of Ypres. A track like 'Nibelheim' is multi-faceted, flirting with symphonic black metal bombast at times, but the comparative bounciness during the first half of the song feels incongruous against the EP as a whole. But: it should be acknowledged that Orphans of Dusk's use of these various musical gears are a big part of what distinguishes them. 

Orphans of Dusk are clearly a band with heaps of talent, a lot on their minds, and the urge to pack 'Revenant' to the brim with content. The latter desire simultaneously boosts their appeal to fans of all types of metal, especially progressive, while leaving less time for the luminous doom metal that shows the band at their best. When it does show, as in 'Starless' and in the epic, morose, and superb track 'Beneath the Cover of Night', I'm ready to float away into an endless, beautiful starry night.

http://orphansofdusk.bandcamp.com/

http://www.doom-metal.com/reviews.php?album=2647
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