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Orthodox: Make exciting music that is hardly suitable to be played in a church.

Orthodox – Learning To Dissolve

The Orthodox Church is the second largest denomination in the world, and has many followers. So many followers have hardly the band Orthodox, but they make exciting music that is hardly suitable to be played in a church ?! The track Cave In taken from the album Learning To Dissolve,

Nashville metal band Orthodox front man Adam Easterling says,

«This song is about the frequent, unending desire to give up on whatever it is you’re building, simply because you don’t feel what you create can compare to what you’ve witnessed.

Cave In follows the release of the band’s debut track, Head On A Spike. Both tracks are off Orthdox`s forthcoming full-length album Learning To Dissolve, which was set for release on August 19th via Century Media Records.

Learning To Dissolve track listing:

 1. Feel It Linger

 2. Head On A Spike

 3. Cave In

 4. Become Divine

 5. Digging Through Glass

 6. Nothing To See

 7. 1 1 7 6 2

 8. Dissolve

 9. Fast Asleep

10. All That I Am

11. Voice In The Choir

The sound of Orthodoxis the opposite of what most associate with the laid-back energy and country-fied twang of their native Nashville, Tennessee. Orthodox’s distinct, nu-metal-tinged brand of metallic hardcore has carved its own lane with their Century Media debut, Learning to Dissolve. Learning To Dissolve is the punctuation on a journey that began with 2017’s Sounds of Loss. From the inception, Orthodox were nothing short of a standout, blending together riffs that wouldn’t be out of place on a Slipknot record coupled with Easterling’s blunt, Jonathan Davis-esque howls.

But, like their sonic brethren in Knocked Loose or Vein.FM, while the influence of the 90’s/00’s is there, Orthodox doesn’t merely pay homage to their influences, it exceeds them.

Written during the global pandemic and world shutdown of 2020, Learning to Dissolve was born of frustration. That is, until Easterling and guitarist Austin Evans began to really dig in. Recording in the dead heat of Summer with producer and mixer Randy Lebooeuf (Thy Art Is Murder, Kublai Khan) at Graphic Nature Audio in Belleville, New Jersey, found the band in creative overdrive, ripping their songs apart.

While 2019’s Let It Take Its Course, which Revolver called, «A straight-up bone-chilling metal album that sounds like the music [Orthodox vocalist] Adam Easterling has always wanted to make, but is presented with the authenticity that his music has always had», focused on the duality of love and anger Learning to Dissolve is born of intense self-reflection. It digs deeper than most metal or hardcore records. Not surprisingly, that ethos has echoed throughout orthodox’s existence as a band, whose members past and present come from backgrounds rooted in straight-edge hardcore.

Orthodox is Adam Easterling (vocals), Austin Evans (guitar), Shiloh Krebs (bass) and Mike White (drums).

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Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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