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.
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