ORGY


"Punk Statik Paranoia" (D1 Music; 2004)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

Orgy's third release seems to be a bit darker. I'm not saying it's dark metal, of course, but the mood is definitely darker. "Vapor Transmission" was full of upbeat tempo songs with a certain enlightenment about them. The tracks on "Punk Statik Paranoia" start with heavy riffs but fade during each song. The song balance is moodier too.

The vocals are sometimes distant and you really have to listen to hear them. It's still Orgy though. If the fans are eating the cake why change the batter? I can't see many tracks from this release being performed live though. They are sometimes over tracking the vocals and the guitar is pounding to beat the bass. I had to turn down the bass because the bass sometimes overpowers the song.

All in all this release is strong in the sense that Orgy are getting heavier. However, if that is indeed the direction the band is taking, I just think they should have ushered it in over a couple of releases instead of rushing into it with this one.

By the way, vocalist Jay Gordon and his dad founded the record company (D1 Music) that released this CD.

The best songs are "Ashamed," and "Inside My Head."

Orgy: Jay Gordon - vocals; Amir Derakh - guitar synthesis; Bobby Hewitt - drums; Paige Haley - bass; Ryan Shuck - guitar.

For more information, check out http://www.punkstatikparanoia.com


"Vapor Transmission" (Reprise; 2000)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

The sophomore offering from Orgy is somewhat better than their first. The formula, however, is the same: A slick style with some funky hair = Orgy. 

This L.A. band could probably be labeled as "industrial metal." They incorporate synthesized guitars, drums and electronic sounds. They also include some mind bending beats and twisted sound effects to make this CD a nice departure from your standard nu-metal. Sometimes, the music on "Vapor Transmission" comes close to a NIN or Manson vibe but it's just different enough to stand on its own. Situated around the electronic age and all that goes with it, "Vapor Transmission" is a great concept album. The lyrics are freaky and weird but, then, just look at the language of some computer programmers; they have their own modes of communication.

"Vapor Transmission" is unique in that it could also be heard at a dance club. It's got "Rave" written all over it. Although guitarist Amir Derakh used to play in Rough Cutt you won’t hear any solos here, just buzzing guitar noise. There is a certain, pleasing upbeat tempo that is always present.

"Vapor Transmission" is more of the same from Orgy's debut but the guitar and choruses here are more prevalent. You can sing along with just about every track and it has enough punch throughout to keep you longing for more.

The best songs on the album are, “Suckerface,” “The Odyssey,” “Opticon,” “Eyes-Radio-Lies,” and “Re-Creation.”

Orgy: Jay Gordon - vocals; Amir Derakh - guitar synthesis; Bobby Hewitt - drums; Paige Haley - bass; Ryan Shuck - guitar.

For more information, check out http://www.punkstatikparanoia.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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