Orymus is a slick melodic metal band from Switzerland that first caught my ear with 2012’s ‘Escape to Reality’. Sounding close in sound to the band Savatage, the band may not have had the most original sound in progressive metal, but they executed the sound with passion and power all the same. As the band has gone on, their sound has certainly drifted increasingly towards a more accessible side of metal, and now at the point of their sophomore studio album ‘Miracles’, Orymus has drifted almost completely to melodic, rather than progressive sounds in metal. This is not to say that the technicality has been completely abolished, but it is clear that the band is becoming deadset on a more conventional rock song format. ‘Miracles’ may meet some unsteady ears from the progressive community as a result, but all things considered, the band offers some strong songwriting with this record. At the same time though, there are some issues which can make the album less powerful than it could have been.
As I thought originally with ‘Escape to Reslity’, Orymus takes quite a bit from the progressive metal veterans Fates Warning and Queensryche, possibly leaning a little more to the latter. Many bands are driven by the sounds of their influences in progressive metal, and Orymus is no exception to this. It would have been nice to hear a little more originality from the band though, and to a minor extent, Orymus is developing a more steady sound for themselves. When compared to ‘Escape to Reality’, the less proggy sound takes the band away from the Fates Warning comparisons, but does not make them any more original sounding. Instead, here the band sounds like quite a few modern hard rock bands. Orymus is still developing more of an identity for themselves however, although the more simple approach they take here is admittedly less impressive.
Although the songs are generally conventionally structured, they are well written. The vocalist here has a beautifully melodic voice that can also get aggressive when it needs to. There is also such a great variety to the music, but the songs all hold some memorable ideas going on for them. There is a dark vibe to these deeply melodic compositions, and a crisp sound to the whole thing makes it easy on the ears. One of many things I enjoy about Miracles is it’s organic style of production. The drums here sound lively, and the guitars sound warm and not over-polished. The guitar solos here are incredible, and when the band gets technical, I find myself very impressed by what Orymus have to offer.