Release: LP / Tape / Digital
Label: Sanctus Propaganda, Phobia Records
Saudade, the second full-length by Polish post-metal punks Orphanage Named Earth, released May 1st 2019 via Sanctus Propaganda and Phobia Records, is about their “yearning for what humanity has lost and forgotten along the way. The roots. It is a journey back to pre-civilisation era where trust was humanity’s only currency and butterflies never died…”.
Beginning the album with “They”, a melancholic Celtic passage underneath a monologue from Angus Quinn, a member of legendary Scottish Anarcho bands such as Sedition, Scatha and T.R.I.B.E. (and whose two daughters play in Bratakus), the tranquillity on display here makes the heaviness of second track “Cradle To Grave” that much more impactful. In their first track proper, the band introduce the post-metal meets punk sound they refer to as romantic crust, with elements of bands like Isis or Amenra, and also the likes of Tragedy, for example. It’s measured in tempo and heavy as hell, but also has the raw grit and guttural vocal style shared by many crust punk bands. The wise use of dynamics, allowing single guitar lines and quieter solemn sections to punctuate the loud crescendos prevent the tracks from becoming stale and repetitive.
Once the d-beats of “I Look Beyond” arrive and lead into rolling tom beats covered in reverb drenched guitars, the record reaches an epic new high. “Civilised Savages” brings nasty sludge riffs and gut wrenching vocals in their attack on the way that governments of the world treat their most vulnerable citizens, again the peaks and troughs used here really accentuate the power in ONE’s more brutal sections. Leave sees the band deliver their energy and aggression into a closer that the record deserves, infusing the last ounces of passion they have into the piece, it serves as a cathartic final blow.
Throughout the album the band use samples from tribal or indigenous people from America, Congo, Brazil and Australia, this combined with their lyrical themes of colonization, environmentalism and nationalism earn the band the “romantic” tag they attach to themselves. Through their assault on the senses this is a band that pine for times of trust, decency and above all, Humanity.