Oratory

Illusion Dimensions

by Mike Pace

 

The sticker on the CD says “Neo Classic Power metal with superb male and female vocalists”. How can you go wrong with that? Oratory is a schticky metal group from Portugal who aren’t familiar with irony, which is a good thing in these condescending, post-modern times. Superb male and female vocals abound over crisp power chords and tinkling synths. Songs like “Metal Messenger” and “With Glory and Melody” rock in a Japanamation soundtrack type way that’s actually much better than you think. Tales of ancient burial grounds, supernatural spirits, warriors of virtue, and the miracle of the Gods are found within Oratory’s lyrics, and everything comes together in a particularly New Age-y Guy-with-Ponytail-and-Charms-type of way. While I couldn’t see myself rocking out to this on a daily basis, it definitely seems like the type of music that I could put on if some Brazilian friends came over to party.

We all know how critical it is to keep independent voices alive and strong on the Internet. Please consider a donation to support our work. We are a wholly independent, women-owned, small company. Your donation will help PopMatters stay viable through these changing, challenging times where costs have risen and advertising has dropped precipitously. PopMatters needs your help to keep publishing. Thank you.


//comments
//Mixed media
//Blogs

How a Song By Unknown Newcomer Adam Johnston Ended Up on Blondie's New Album

// Sound Affects

"Adam Johnston of An Unkindness wrote a song at 17 years old and posted it online. Two years later, magic happened.

READ the article