This Fantastic Band returns with their 4th album Release since the band first emerged as TEMPLAR, soon to become ORDER OF NINE with their 2nd effort, ORDER OF NINE garnered excellent reviews and radio airplay worldwide with their last album OF ONCE AND FUTURE KINGS. SEASON OF REIGN; is set to take them to the next level. ORDER OF NINE has attitude and taste, with killer heavy guitars, deeper, throatier (Tate) type vocals and great songs. ORDER OF NINE is ready to unleash they're new Metal storm on the world, prepare for SEASON OF REIGN Mixed and produced by Bill Korecky, Mastered by Roger Lian at Masterdisk.
After toiling for eight years under different band names (including Templar), with various bass players and through a series of compilation and tribute albums, Pennsylvania s Order of Nine finally seems to have things falling into place. A record deal with Nightmare Records (vocalist Lance King s label) and a melodically dark third album called Season of Reign may finally get this quartet with three guys named Michael some increased recognition. Doomy riffs and a chugging rhythm section lay the foundation for vocalist Michael DeGrena to take these songs to the next level. With a voice combining elements of ex-Iced Earth singer Matt Barlow and Queensryche s Geoff Tate (it s no wonder that Templar appeared on the Rebellion Queensryche tribute album, covering The Thin Line ), DeGrena wraps his pipes around these songs and never lets go. His melodramatic, occasionally operatic, delivery could grow tiresome if it wasn t for Season of Reign s decent pacing, highlighted by the metal hymn Somnia Requiem. Nameless, an atmospheric and semi-acoustic bonus track, is out of step with the rest of the album but provides further insight into this band s depth. --MetalReviews.com RATING (9/10)