Released: January 2010
German power metallers, Orden Ogan return with their second professional release and their first for AFM. Easton Hope kicks off with a an epic keyboard driven intro, “Rise and Ruin,” before ratcheting up the progressive power metal elements that fans have come to expect from the band. Easton Hope, brings back the good old days of power metal, with galloping guitars and mammoth drum work, combined with vocals that soar into the stratosphere. The band make use of complex vocal harmonies, blast beats and keyboards to create grand sweeping walls of sound.
“Nobody Leaves,” “Welcome Liberty,” and the title track will quickly engulf the listener into a world long since lost. A time before technology and political correctness. A wide open land ruled by Kings and tamed by swords. “Easton Hope” is a classic progressive power metal album with renaissance strokes woven throughout the albums 11 tracks.
Crunchy guitars and atmospheric keyboards lead off “All These Dark Years,” and “Nothing Remains.” The latter of the two beginning with a beautiful piano introduction, which quickly turns to warp speed power metal majesty. “Requiem” is the album’s slowest track, and a fitting introduction to the band’s first single, the folk metal, “We are Pirates,” a song that begins with acapella vocal harmonizations, along with the galloping beat, and air-guitar worthy soloing. This track is also the spirit raiser of the album as the mood of the lyrics are enjoyably jolly. You just can’t help but smile when you listen.
Easton Hope will cheer you up if you’re down, and tempt you with its energy. It keeps an upbeat pace throughout, and showcases the technical abilities of the musicians, while at the same time being an extremely original offering. Fans of almost all genres of metal will find something to love on this album. I particularly enjoyed the overall mood of the album, it made me want to get on my horse and ride off into battle with my sword on my hip.
I can’t think of any reason why you shouldn’t go out and pick up a copy, except maybe if you’re into country.
Rating : 9.4/10
Notable Tracks: “We Are Pirates,” “Nobody Leaves,” “All These Dark Years,” “Nothing Remains”