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Ordo Draconis “Camera Obscura part 1 & 2”

In this creatively mediocre country called The Netherlands where the average band dares not excess beyond well known style patterns, one could almost conclude that our Calvinistic exegesis is still slumbering in our musical minds. For our foreign readers to understand this I shall translate a well know dutch saying. ‘doe maar normaal, dan doe je al gek genoeg’ which means as much as ‘Just act normal because that’ll be crazy enough’. It is exactly this way of thinking – embedded in the Dutch mind – which I really despise. Dutch band Ordo Draconis have fortunately proved that there are still some Dutchmen around that are able to think further than their culturally disabled colleagues.

Their newest effort is called Camera Obscura (latin for ‘Dark Room’). The principle of a Camera Obscura: Light travels in a straight line and when some of the rays – reflected from a bright subject – pass through a small hole in thin material they do not scatter but cross and reform as an upside down image on a flat surface held parallel to the hole. This law of optics was known in ancient times. The earliest mention of this type of device was by the Chinese philosopher Mo-Ti (5th century BC).

The title could not have been chosen more wisely. Whereas metal is mostly very conservative and tied to strict rules, Ordo Draconis indeed place eveything upside down. To think and compose beyond the – well known – paths and patterns. Though never going too far over the edge. Ordo Draconis make sounds and songs and have compressed this eclectic pile of expression into a musical journey which is divided onto two cd’s, “Part 1 – The Star Chamber Reviews” and “Part 2 – A View With a Room”.

Both albums can be bought / ordered separately, but they belong together. And therefor I have made one review on the both of them.

Yes, there are plenty more bands on this world with a different approach, but not that many in my native country. I have the deepest respect for their approach and ‘Camera Obscura’ is a highlight in the history of Dutch metal.

Isaak.