“Where words leave off, music begins.” ― Heinrich Heine – Goodreads
Just when you think you’ve got heavy music figured out, something comes along to blow your pre-conceived notions out of the water. ORISSA’s latest release, Resurrection, out on November 3rd is such a creation. Words you wouldn’t normally associate with metal music: dramatic, charismatic, theatrical. All of these apply to this progressive and unique album.
In a recent interview with webzine What Happened To Your Band?, the New York-based group’s creative center and lead vocalist, David Dodini describes Resurrection as a “sonic novel” intended to portray the protagonist’s journey of self-discovery and healing. Dodini wants listeners to connect with the music and understand it within the context of their own lives and experiences. This concept is summed up in “Shades of Grey” with the lyric, “Anyone can hear… For those who listen, she unveils the vision.”
The vision of Resurrection starts out with the ceremonial “Circle X” which portends the coming storm. The explosive start of “Tara” immediately introduces us to our broken and hurting hero. Dodini’s voice is as powerful as his music and sets the stage for the rest of the journey.
Title track, “Resurrection” is up next with metallic bass and strong rock pulse. “Shades of Grey” slows down the story as guitar, bass and percussion play together to question the rules of morality. “Dissolution” and “Primordial” bring us to the transformative climax of our tale and “Verse V” moves the story along with its swift guitar work and rhythms. “Blue Communion” wraps up the story with images of rebirth and heartening lyrics.
ORISSA wants listeners to experience Resurrection, not just hear it. They list influences that range from Karnivool, Sikth and T-Pain to Indian and African traditions to William Hung (yeah…I had to read that twice, too). ORISSA expertly weaves all of that into a tapestry that is not only a testament to talent and musical expertise. It elevates music to a place aspired by many, but reached by few.
Get it and listen to it. Listen for the music. Listen for the experience. Listen because it’s different and you want to get out of the musical rut you find yourself in.
It really doesn’t matter why you get it. Just get it.
Resurrection Track List:
- Circle X
- Shades of Grey
- Verse V
- Blue Communion