Orth - _Feed the Flames_
(Morbid Records, 2000)
by: Paul Schwarz (6.5 out of 10)
Fun and brutal Orth may in parts be, but _Feed the Flames_ displays no evidence that Orth either have anything hugely original or wonderfully constructed to offer the world of extreme music. "Bobby Brown", for example, is a hilarious, semi-balled styled ode to Whitney Houston's former husband -- who is here heard -seemingly- proclaiming in the first-person: "oh god, I am, the American Dream" -- delivered in a style part Six Feet Under, part grindcore and part intense thrash, but it and the few other relatively good tracks on offer here are themselves far from masterpieces, and they comprise the good "half" of _Feed the Flames_. Still, Orth do not rest on the laurels of any other particular band's style for long and thus _Feed the Flames_ at least manages to keep a decent stream of variation in tempo and even style going over its forty-five minute duration. As death metal goes, Orth may not be clever, but they are certainly competent and in possession of a sense of humour.

(article published 12/8/2000)


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