"Adding Heads to the Pile" (Itchy Metal Entertainment; 2012)

Reviewed by Snidermann

Once again I have been given the task of reviewing a release by A Band Of Orcs and once again they have blistered, bludgeoned, ripped apart, vivisected, beheaded, burned at the stake and flailed my soul with their latest auditory lambasting.

The name of the recording is "Adding Heads to the Pile." I have to say they left my head on the pile when I started listening to this recording. The band represents itself to be a second cousin to the band GWAR, but that is where the comparison ends. Each song is a finely crafted trip into the macabre musical existence that is A Band Of Orcs.

This is their story, which you can read about at www.abandoforcs.com: The Orcs were in a dimension called Hirutodia, when they were summoned to Earth by some kids playing a game of Dungeon and Dragons. They killed all the kids but one and he bargained with the Orcs and taught them to play musical instruments and A Band Of Orcs was born. It is a good tale and their website is full of fun facts, names, and all around fun with a bit (okay, a lot) of gore.

Listening to the recording and reading the website is like readying a J.R.R. Tolkien novel, playing Warhammer on line or playing a good old game of Dungeon and Dragons.

"Adding Heads to the Pile" is quality music with a heavy dose of fantasy and an all around good time.

For more information, check out http://abandoforcs.com/.

"Warchiefs of the Apocalypse" (Grimpire; 2011)

Reviewed by Snidermann

A Band of Orcs is a heavy metal band right out of the shadow of GWAR. The music plays like a twisted comic book, but it is somehow alive and as much a part of the band as its members: Gogog Bloodthroat - Vocals, Growls, Cretos Filthgrinder - Lead Guitars, Hulg ElfR.I.P.per - Crunchy Guitars, Gronk! - Shamanic Bass and Oog Skullbasher - War Drums.

Loud thundering music and growling gritty vocals play out like a cross between a Tolkien novel and, well, a GWAR concert. Strangely enough, if you believe in that sort of thing, this recording could be used a self help book! The music is hard, loud and in your face and those are just a few of things I liked best of the record.

This is truly inspired music and the more I spin it, the more I like it.

For more information, check out http://abandoforcs.com/.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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