#ShortOnes CXXVIII #UndergroundRecos

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Hello there,

For today I decided to do a special label recos day. The chosen one is the young label from Australia named Orko Productions. A label that moves inside the Melancholic, Classical, Folk, and Dungeon Synth but will all the dark side of it. I have seen some releases of the label since they started in 2021 but to be honest never had the chance to check it, until now. If you want to listen to (very good music) with dark feelings, and even if is not your music style, but at the same time is related to Metal, you need to check the bands released by this young label.

Check my recos…

Band: Antinoë
Title: Whispers from the Dark Past
Label: Orko Productions
Release date: 07 April 2023
Country: Spain
Format reviewed: High-quality Digital Recording

First words… WOW. Damn. This one, I was not expecting. This release is a very damn good tribute to the Norwegian bands from the 90s. You will listen to Darkthrone, Ulver, Satyricon, Mayhem, Enslaved, Aeternus, Emperor, Burzum (Yes I wrote the word), and Dimmu Borgir. If the songs played here are the best ones or not, that depends on the taste of each one, but damn, they are amazing played this way. The person behind the piano, doing this amazing tribute is a Spanish woman from Madrid, who did amazing work here, a very good musician with a very good voice. In some songs you will recognize the melody immediately, in some will take a bit more. The tempos are way different, you don’t listen to the guitars, the drum, etc, but the songs are… Amazing. The melancholic side, the sound of the piano, her voice, the dark side of the songs and played this way. Uh la la. Very well done. If you want to listen to something different, with a lot of quality and songs that remind your youth. Check it. Very good.

Band: Ortnit
Title: Sidrat
Label: Orko Productions
Release date: 06 April 2023
Country: Germany
Format reviewed: High-quality Digital Recording

Ortnit is a German one-man band named Thomas Helm (aka Empyrium) and it moves inside the Dungeon Synth but with a lot of medieval touches and melodies. Something different from what I normally listen to inside the Dungeon Synth. The album could be a soundtrack in one medieval movie, to be honest, but not that kind of happy parts and triumphant epic movies. No, the dark side is here, the melancholic side is here. Very good release, strong too, epic, I take the risk to say at the same time, poetic. The songs are good, they flow in a pleasant way to be honest, even if they are dark. This is the second release from this musician and I want more. Check it.

Band: Tir
Title: AwaitingThe Dawn
Label: Orko Productions
Release date: 07 April 2023
Country: Turkey
Format reviewed: High-quality Digital Recording

Originally from Turkey but at this moment located in Australia is a one-man band that managed to transport me to the past. Oytun Bektas the person behind it. manage to create music with such quality, that, to be honest, I can’t describe the feeling I had while listening to this release. And the voice from Thomas Helm from Empyrium gave more feelings and at the same time some dark romantic touches on the songs. The acoustic parts, with the Dungeon Synth, with the dark folk music, the ambient parts, medieval touches… I love it. But at the same time, I’m pissed off cause I cant find the correct words to describe what I felt while listening to the songs. Except, that I felt damn good and pleased to listen to. Check this band.

Final words about these bands and the label… Support them, give a try to bands that are outside your safe zone, or comfort zone, your world, call it as you want. It’s not easy, I admit. I feel comfort in my beloved metal, particularly, in some styles inside the metal. But at the same time, I’m curious and I love to listen to new music and good music (at least in my opinion). Check them.

Don’t forget to support the bands and labels.

The Key Keeper 666

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