[ALBUM REVIEW] ORSOME WELLES: Rise

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Out of Melbourne, Australia comes a brand new EP from Orsome Welles which draws you in so quickly that you swear that you have been listening to it for years. While there are a lot of experimental hard rock albums coming out at the moment there is something that sets this Orsome Welles’ release apart from the rest and that is the unique voice of lead singer, Michael Stowers. Just one listen to the “Rise” EP and it felt like an old friend.

It only takes a few moments of listening to Stowers’ vocals, from the opening track, Build A World, to make you realise you could fall in love with this EP, quickly. If you’ve never heard Stowers before, imagine the voice of an archangel mixed with Serj Tankian’s (System Of A Down) vocals and you’ve pretty much got the tonality. That voice shines through Father’s Eyes which is lifted to a new level by the melodic guitar playing of Nick Toohey and Steven Angell and it is then the instrumental side of Maestro really draws you into it. The brutal drumming of Justin Price matched with the up-tempo guitars on Elara is well matched with the slower Rise Again—an amazing listen once again because of Stower’s vocals.

The only downside of the EP is that I want to hear a hell of a lot more! I hope they hurry up with what is sure to be an orsome one!

4/5 Stars

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