CD Review: Order of Nine
Order of Nine is an American progressive metal band based out of Pittsburgh. They’re fifth studio release, “Seventh Year of the Broken Mirror” is a solid effort at a great album, but lacks the force to stay interesting start to finish.
“Dreamspeak” is the first great song on the record. Opening with an angelic piano rhythm, the song shortly maintains its luster before diving into in an unrelenting drum tempo and breakneck guitar picking. Possibly its crown jewel, “Dreamspeak” is definitely a high point on “Seventh Year of the Broken Mirror” and does a great job showing off the band’s chops.
“Changing of the Guard” flaunts a headbanging chorus and “Third Wish” is definitely mosh material, but the album loses strength from its vocalist. Sharing a groan similar to Disturbed’s David Draiman, Order of Nine’s Michael DeGrena doesn’t quite do the instruments justice; it fits frequently but shouldn’t act as the base vocal style.
“Eye of the Enemy” is a track that proves this wrong, blending Michael’s hypnotic baritone with the powerful prog metal instruments. There are moments like “Twelfth Talisman” and “Reign Down” that ooze musical brilliance, but you’re better off only buying a couple of the songs.