Orthrelm is what music aficionados would call a challenging listen.
Blending near over-th-top metal sensibilities with churning, shredding
guitar lines, underground prog-rock wiht a hint of jazz and technically
baffling drum patterns, Orthrelm - made up of the Washington, D.C. duo
of Josh Blair on drums and Mick Barr on guitar - is both confusing and
mesmerizing audiences across the country.
Theres not a lot of flash to Orthrelm - what impresses is the music,
not the stage setup or costumes. But that very quality adds to
their appeal, especially when you realize that the two men on
stage are remarkably skilled musicians who devote an equally remarkable
amount of time to getting their compositions exactly right, whether
its as a series of one-to-two minute songs that entirely avoid
repetition of any kind, or as the one long track of their current
album, OV, a listen that spans 45 minutes straight and dabbles in
genres from the aforementioned metal to Middle Eastern influences.
If youre tired of pop, soured on rock, or bored of the usual metal,
Orthrelm will definitely be a new experience for your ears.