Suicide Records it a pretty special name! But that name is chosen and they serve the band Orochen but Orchen is more than a band, it’s a collective with the purpose to always refine and develop their novel sound. Orochens music is composed in a world where humans and environment are viewed upon of as economic resources. A society formed under a new religion that most of us know as capitalism.
Orochen is Gothenburg-based and deliver apocalyptic post-industrial neofolk and they will now release their third EP titled Thylacine that shows a band sounding stronger than ever.
The backbone of Orochen’s music is based on dark contemplations of a world where humans and the environment are thought of as economic resources. A society formed under a new religion that most of us know as capitalism, a religion that alienates people from the natural psychological mechanisms shaped by evolutionary processes over millions of years. The first single off of this upcoming effort, the darkly propulsive Burial Mounds.
Thylacine asks who’s next in the firing line for extinction, and Burial Mounds takes aim at the role of untampered consumerism in particular. Within a four-minute rock song structure, the band manage to communicate feelings of desolation and struggle through layered production and urgent rhythms that propel the song forward – perfectly capturing the urgency of our rapidly developing ecological disaster.
The band’s musical influences comes from a rich blend of genres such as modern Americana, indie, folk music, sludge, hardcore and early 00’s post rock that really gives the band a truly novel sound.
Orochen has refined their sound once again, and this EP is the result of the bands constant search to find their own unique core and novel sound. The songs reach from tribal and folk to straight on rock and metal. Written, produced and recorded by Orochen during corona lockdown, which has influenced the lyrics, music and sounds, Thylacine was mixed and mastered by Karl Daniel Lidén (Crippled Black Phoenix, Greenleaf, Novarupta, Breach, The Old Wind) and features the guest vocals of Alex Stjernfelt (Novarupta, Ex. Mr Death, Ex. Moth Gatherer) on the closing song The Jonestown Deathtape.
The striped Tasmanian tiger went extinct in the 20th century, and the question is who is next in line? Orochen´s Thylacine EP is all about encapsulating the feelings about today’s world and the internal struggle of our modern way of living. A four-track journey that builds up to the only thing that is certain – nothingness.
One of art’s most peculiar features is how artists are able to elicit enjoyment by channeling dark subject matter. It’s an ability that Gothenburg-based rock band Orochen have made the focal point of their craft. A critical eye towards the excesses of contemporary capitalism informs every aspect of their music, with a particular focus on the horrific erosion of the natural world driven by our species in the modern age. Having recently joined the Suicide Records roster ahead of the release of their third EP – titled Thylacine, after the extinct Tasmanian tiger.
Orochen cite a wide range of musical influences, and the ghostly strumming, wailing dissonance, and echoing vocals proudly evoke their heroes without sounding derivative. The metallic, goth-tinged influences derived from acts such as Cult Of Luna pair well with the band’s utilization of vocals indebted to 80s darkwave, resulting in a listening experience that will appeal to listeners looking for the tonal darkness of the aforementioned metal bands without the harsh vocals.