ORATORY - PORTUGAL

Illusion Dimensions – 2000 - LMP
Beyond Earth – 2003 - LMP


  
 
Members

S= Marco Alves - ANA LARA
G= MIGUEL GOMES
B= RUI SANTOS
D= João Rodrigues - Pedro Cabral
K= ANTÓNIO SILVA



History

This speed-oriented band came together in Barcelos in northern Portugal by Miguel and Marco in 1994. A 1996 demo was called Enchantation. Sarcastic Soul came forth in 1997. Recital Records of Portugal issued an EP called Last Prophecy. The band recorded its first album for LMP in 2000. Marco Alves decided to leave Oratory in early 2001 and was not replaced. The group forged ahead with female vocals only. Beyond Earth was a concept album related to Vasco Da Gama's travels. The group embarked on the Beyond 2002/2003 tour. The 2005 EP also included several cover versions. The band took a long walk into nothingness.

The band opened for the likes of Stratovarius, Edguy and Metalium.

Reviews

ORATORY - BEYOND EARTH - LIMB
Oratory hails from Portugal and plays a smooth and often speedy metal. The band has a female singer who thankfully stays away from the cliche-ridden operatic approach used by one too many band nowadays. In fact, she comes across as the female version of Freedom Call's Chris Bay. She has a good voice and puts some strength behind it. Having said that, this reviewer is not the world's biggest fan of female vocals in metal. The band though, thinks differently. The vocals drown everything else in the mix. There is enough music audible to state that the band plays its speedy melodies with tightness and conviction. Beyond Earth is produced by Uwe Lulis (Grave Digger, Total Eclipse, etc.) which means the instruments are well recorded though. The best advice to Oratory is to roughen up the vocals, banish the odd keyboard and then come back for another try. The band will be much better for it. - Ali "The Metallian"




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