ORDER OF NINE - SEASON OF REIGN - NIGHTMARE
It is a pleasure listening to bands like Order Of Nine on two levels. Firstly, the band's clearly Queensrÿche-inspired style is a treat to listen to. The vocals of Michael DeGrena sound like a wired Geoff Tate. The man takes the high-pitched and animated vocal styling of his idol and add his own edge to them. The guitars and bass are prominent and formidable. The drums perform lively acrobatics and keep a steady rhythm at the same time. The arrangements, fast and heavy combinations and backing vocals just add to the proceedings. Bottom line: the songs on Season Of Reign smack pure quality heavy metal. Secondly, it is such a treat to see bands like Order Of Nine come out of the woodwork years after MoneyTV, radio and so-called metal magazines sold out to Ozzfest, mallcore and other uneducated rot. On that account too more power and kudos go to the American quartet.
Fans would do well to stop clinging to what is promoted in the commercial media or longing for the day Queensryche would return back to form and join the Order Of Nine instead. This is good American hard rock and heavy metal. - Ali "The Metallian"