Eclipse Records continues to grow its stable of bands with Genus Ordinis Dei. You never really know what to expect Eclipse will release next. Their roster of acts is incredibly varied; from the hard rocking Twelve Noon, the Djent style deathcore of As Paradise Falls, to the Misfits punk stylings of Coffin Carousel, Now, Eclipse has now thrown its hat into the symphonic death metal ring with Italian four piece Genus Ordinis Dei by releasing their latest record, Great Olden Dynasty.
When I think of symphonic death metal, I think of bands such as Fleshgod Apocalypse, Septicflesh and Shade Empire. If the mention of these acts arouses your interest then you’d be well advised to check out Genus Ordinis Dei. Check out the video below then keep reading for my thoughts on the album. \,,/
This album took me a few spins before I fully appreciated what was on offer. I do like albums that aren’t immediate and take you a few playbacks to appreciate the subtleties that are at work. The Unleashed is the record’s first tracks and it is killer. It is also very accessible. The symphonic elements are secondary to a driving guitar riff, thundering drum pattern and a killer stadiumworthy chorus. I’ve heard vocalist/guitarist Nick K’s voice compared to Randy Blythe from Lamb Of God and I can definitely understand this. Like Blythe, Nick puts everything into his performance on this record and I think his vocals are excellent.
You Die In Roma opens in epic, symphonic style. Plenty of keys set the foundation for another big song featuring a similarly anthemic chorus. I love the epic feel to this song. The symphonic elements in the background elevate the song to another level. Cold Water sees things slow down a little. The intro is quite beautiful and the track really mixes things up with some spoken word parts and thrash metal sections. This track is one of my favourites from the album. The Flemish Obituary has some Phantom of the Opera style organ and a choir at the start, but fear not, Michael Crawford is nowhere in sight. The staccato riffing kicks in soon enough. The orchestral elements are a big feature in this song, too and there is some excellent guitar solo work. The next track, Sanctuary Burns, has an opening riff that Fear Factory would be proud of. There is much more urgency in this song and what we are starting to see is Genus Ordinis Dei is capable of shifting through numerous gears and doesn’t want the listener thinking they have it all figured out.
The piano featured in the track Morten leads into a moody song that sounds as if you are wading through tar early on. Things pick up midway through the song and there are numerous spoken word sections. This is another atmospheric track that features numerous tempo changes. ID 13401 has a more traditional heavy metal feel to it and current single, Halls Of Human Delights is three minutes of metal excellence. Salem starts out with a piano piece that almost sounds like the theme music from Halloween! This track features Christina Scabia from Lacuna Coil on vocals. Now, whilst I am a fan of Lacuna Coil and particularly the vocal talents of Christina Scabia this isn’t my favourite track on the album. It isn’t bad by any stretch, just not my favourite. For me, the band finishes the record in some style with Greyhouse. This is a powerhouse track blending moments of power and melody. It really sums up what this great record is all about and has a bit of everything that came before.
Genus Ordinis Dei have a new fan. The production on this album is excellent, the musicianship top draw and there is a lot of variety to the album, something I like to see with heavy music. Metal fans rejoice and join the Great Olden Dynasty.
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Genus Ordinis Dei is a symphonic death metal band from Crema, Italy. Their new album Great Olden Dynastywas recorded and produced by Simone Mularoni (Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody, DGM), and features Cristina Scabbia(Lacuna Coil) on guest vocals for the song ‘Salem’.
Genus Ordinis Dei was established in 2011 by a close circle of professional music instructors who graduated from Italy’s most respected music academies (RGA, MMI, NAM). Over the course of the next two years, the band sculpted its style, melting new millennium metal with symphonic sororities. During this period the band started to define their artistic and musical identity, developing the idea for a trilogy where the first album to be released would be Act II of the story, entitled The Middle. The band independently released their self-produced album The Middle in 2013, heavily backed by an intensive run of live shows across Italy and Europe.
In 2014, the band met Marco Coti Zelati (Lacuna Coil) while on tour, and a friendship formed over the following months. In February of 2015, the band tapped him to produce their upcoming EP 2016 release. The EP was mixed and mastered by Simone Mularoni at Domination Studio, and the band signed to Danish label, Mighty Music. The Middle received a proper release in January of 2016, along with music videos for the songs ‘Ghostwolf’ and ‘Roots and Idols of Cement’. Shortly thereafter, Mighty Music released their 2016 EP, and music videos for the songs ‘From the Ashes’, ‘The Fall’, and ‘Cadence of War’.
In the Summer of 2016, the band returned to Domination Studio with Simone Mularoni as producer, to record their next full-length album entitled Great Olden Dynasty. The album is another exhilarating side-story to the trilogy, containing ten brand new tracks of symphonic, technical splendor. The album also features Cristina Scabbia of Lacuna Coil on guest vocals in the song ‘Salem’. After completing the album, they parted ways with Mighty Music, and the band began shopping the unreleased album for a new deal.
In Fall of 2016 Genus Ordinis Dei was invited to join the Delirium World Tour as opening act for Lacuna Coil, where they completed a five-week endurance of 31 gigs in some of Europe’s most prestigious venues. The tour was a great success for the band, landing them dozens of positive reviews in the press. Over the following months, the band entertained offers from several record labels. In the Summer of 2017 however, they finally signed a worldwide deal with U.S. label Eclipse Records.
Great Olden Dynasty will be released worldwide on November 24, 2017.