Review from Extreme Metal Voyager

October 1, 2015
From: Extreme Metal Voyager
Published: September 29, 2015

Remember those atmospheric darkish blue paintings by Necrolord, which gave numerous Swedish Metal bands a great graphical front in the nineties? That´s the vibe I´m getting from the cover artwork of “Revenant”, a classic Death/Doom Metal motive with desolate landscapes and a dark figure in the center possessing eerie qualities. in 2015 this hardly has the same effect no people as it did in say 1995 with everyone having access to new music 24/7 and everyone preferring to gaze at beautiful artwork through a screen instead of a physical product! I´ll stop with the groaning and get on with the review.

Orphans Of Dusk are a Gothic/Doom Metal trio, based in New Zealand and Australia, and they´ve caught my attention with this four track EP, initially self-released last year, now given a new release treatment through Hypnotic Dirge Records. The music on “Revenant” projects the listener into grandiose halls with majestic gothic architectures, castles, churches, cathedrals and everything in between. The musical equivalents would be bands like My Dying Bride, Swallow The Sun, Saturnus and I feel like looping in Type O Negative, because of some of the vocal work, which I´ll get back to.
The aim here is to clearly have the guitar providing the lashing and crushing heaviness and only that, while the keyboards deliver the melodies with broad ranges of sounds and textures. “August Price” is a fine opener with a bittersweet atmosphere firmly grounded in slow tempos and artful gothicism. A distinct touch upon these tragedian musical sceneries is the crooning of vocalist Chris G. Beside the accustomed growls, many passages feature deep, gallant vocal lamentations that resemble Peter Steele´s low-toned booming voice, and these really give the songs another powerful dimension.

All tracks have a strong quality and are pretty different from one another. I´ve taken a special liking to the track “Nibelheim” as it´s the most varied of the bunch, starting off with an uptempo Death Metal feel, leading to a tranquil brigde before going back to a more keyboard/piano dominating second half backed up with gloomy riffs, a very exciting song. “Beneath The Cover Of Night” is the closing elegy producing several soaring sections where the two worlds of Gothic and Doom Metal really harmonize with epic magnitudes.

“Revenant” has become an EP that I´ve spent a lot of time with, quite possibly one of my favorite EP´s in my collection. I hope to hear more from these guys in the future. 

Rating: 7/10
Reviewed by: Fróði Tórálvsson Stenberg

Review from Aristocrazia Webzine

September 23, 2015
From: Aristocrazia Webzine
Published: September 20, 2015

Ogni anno vengono rilasciate migliaia di dischi, così ciò che fanno le fanzine cartacee, le webzine e i vari canali di comunicazione musicale aiuta a conoscere una minima parte di quanto viene prodotto. Di conseguenza è inevitabile perdersi qualche buon lavoro per strada, per poi ritrovarselo in un secondo momento.

Gli Orphans Of Dusk sono una di quelle tantissime creature che mi erano passate inosservate. Il loro ep "Reven...

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Review from Deaf Sparrow Webzine

August 29, 2015
From: Deaf Sparrow Webzine
Published: August 18, 2015

Ah, Solitude Productions, what good can’t we say?  Without wasting too much time, it’s enough to simply state that when you see the logo or hear the name, you know it has to do with doom metal.  Hypnotic Dirge Records, hey, what can’t we say about them as well?  Though not known strictly for doom, said name and/or logo comes with an expectation of things of the eclectically dark (ambient, dark folk, etc.).  HDR is the offi...

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Review from Femforgacs

August 29, 2015
From: Femforgacs Webzine
Published: August 27, 2015

Több mint tucatnyi zenekart sorol hatásai közé az ausztrál és új-zélandi tagokból létrejött csapat, amiből rögtön kiderül, hogy milyen úton indult el az Orphans Of Dusk szekere. Ha csak a szembetűnőbbeket említem — Novembers Doom, Paradise Lost, October Tide, Type O Negative, (korai) Anathema —, abból nagyjából ki is derül, mit óhajt kezdeni hangszereivel ez a három zenész. A borító nem különben b...

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Review from Metallifer Blog

July 27, 2015
From: Metallifer Blog
Published: July 8, 2015
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*Note: Also check this interesting artwork / image review of this album

Orphans of Dusk est un duo constitué récemment en 2013 et qui sort son premier album ou mieux son premier EP nommé Revenant via le label HypnoticDirge Records et Solitude Productions. Le duo est formé par le chanteur Chris G et James Quested qui est à la fois guitariste, bassiste et s’occupe des synthés. Pour réaliser cet EP le duo a recruté le musicien de ...

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Review from Crown of Viserys Webzine

July 4, 2015
From: Crown of Viserys Webzine
Published: June 27, 2015

Crawling from my speakers with a ponderous pace, the New Zealand/Australian band Orphans of Dusk is an amazing amalgamation of gothic doom in the vein of Type O Negative and Woods of Ypres, and death doom like old Katatonia and My Dying Bride.

This EP is a great snapshot of the band, with slow moving and ultimately beautiful sounding compositions. Taking listeners through only one real emotion, melancholy, with glimpses into pu...

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Review from IYE Webzine

July 4, 2015
From: IYE Webzine
Published: June 25, 2015
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Pochi giorni fa avevo benevolmente tirato le orecchie ai Luna, nella persona dell’unico musicista coinvolto, in quanto l’ultimo full length si mostrava eccessivamente derivativo, benché questo sia un aspetto, almeno in ambito doom, al quale normalmente attribuisco un peso del tutto relativo.

Gli Orphans Of Dusk, in tal senso, rappresentano un certo elemento di discontinuità in quanto, pur attingendo anch’essi in maniera signifcativa...

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Review from The Metal Observer

May 26, 2015
From: The Metal Observer
Published: May 25, 2015

2014 was a good year for doom/death. Established acts like Novembers Doom and Vallenfyre put out excellent new albums, while we were also treated to an excellent debut from Temple of Void. Revenant, the debut EP from Australia/New Zeeland’s Orphans of Dusk, may have flown under the radar for many, but like Temple of Void it shows that there are new bands who continue to do the style justice. Originally released independently in 201...

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Review from Friedhof Magazine

May 26, 2015
From: Friedhof Magazine
Published: May 25, 2015

Llega a mis manos esta vez el primer EP de Orphans of Dusk, banda australiana formada por Chris G (voces) y James Quested (guitarra, bajo y sintetizadores) y que cuenta además con un verdadero mercenario de la batería, Dan Nahum, quien ha tocado en hasta en 12 formaciones hasta la fecha.
"Revenant" es el título que lleva su primer trabajo, editado de la mano de Hypnotic Dirge Records, y que nos presenta cuatro cortes de un Gothic D...

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Review from Disfactory Webzine

April 28, 2015
From: Disfactory Webzine
Published: April 28, 2015

Una gran bella realtà si affaccia speranzosa sul panorama gothic/doom di classe, l’affare è di quelli “grossi”, la consistenza del materiale parla da sola e l’attenzione delle etichette diventa automatico (perl’occasione assistiamo all’unione di Hypnotic Dirge Records e Solitude Productions). Troppo facile dare fiducia sulle basi di questo ep d’esordio intitolato Revenant (diamine, lo farei pure io). Loro si chiaman...

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  Released: March 10, 2015
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Genre: Doom Metal