ORPHEUS ‘Philosopher Of The Sublime’ heralds the coming of a new, valiant force in British metal:
This album takes you on an epic journey through atmospheric, pagan metal while keeping it’s heart in the past and it’s eyes fixed firmly on the stars.
A staggering proposition for appreciators of ‘Hammerheart’ era Bathory, Borknagar, Forefather and the like, with a distinctly unique ambience.
The band recorded its debut album 'Philosopher of the Sublime' in pre-production demo form in 2006, but it wasn't until 2 years later that it was re-recorded, giving it a new lease on life.
'Philosopher of the Sublime' - themed mainly on medieval romanticism - is atmospheric, distinctive, vivid and nostalgic. It is an oneiric journey into a personal and reflective, ethereal illusionary world.
The album magnificently fuses a soundtrack-esque approach to what is essentially a unique metal album; one which uses clean and crisp vocals, eschewing the traditional distorted styles.
Traditional instruments including 12 string guitars/classical acoustic guitar, harps, wind, brass, piano, strings, medieval percussion and modern keyboards make appearances on this instrumentally eclectic piece.
The debut album is the first phase of what Orpheus claims to be an evolving, long-term path of chapters.
Phase II is supposedly going to mark an alteration in imagery and lyrical themes to oceanic/environmental destruction and anthropological utopia. Orpheus claims that it has already begun work on Phase III due the fact that "what is planned for it is going to be so immensely difficult that years of preparation will be necessary."