Whoa. Orochen is definitely in the “don’t judge a book…” category. Ignore the scary striped Tasmanian tiger that graces the cover and embrace the sounds because on their third EP, Thylacine, the “Gothenburg-based apocalyptic post-industrial neofolk” (Per their Facebook description) quartet bring to mind Swoon-era Silversun Pickups, The Stone Roses, and even Neurosis for a truly unique blend of blissful noise.
“Burial Mounds” starts with a ruckus as drums and feedback merge into a wall of sound with glistening vocals and winding guitars conjuring the most marvelous of sounds. “Drift Away” is broad and bold like an Ian Brown solo track mixed with something Mark Lanegan would create with Unkle, pulsating along with this primal beat and sporadic guitar lines meandering to create a trippy yet transcendent vibe throughout.
“Inside The City” thumps and throbs with excitement before swelling into this blessed moment of amplified awesome and then “The Jonestown Deathtape” turns everything upside down with a tone that gravitates more towards Black Metal than Bleak Rawk with vocals by Alex Stjernfeldt (Novarupta, The Moth Gatherer) to end the impressive EP.
Thylacine arrives on September 18th via Suicide Records. Pre-orders are up now and available for purchasin’ and perusin’ when you click here or here. For more on Orochen, head over to the socials by clicking here and click here for more tunes.