O.R.k release 'Signals Erased' remix EP and new video
O.R.k., featuring Italy’s celebrated vocalist, producer and award-winning film score composer Lorenzo Esposito Fornasari a.k.a LEF (lead vocals), King Crimson's Pat Mastelotto (drums), Porcupine Tree's Colin Edwin (bass), Marta Sui Tubi's Carmelo Pipitone (guitars) have released a digital EP of remixes for the track “Signals Erased” taken from their latest studio album Ramagehead.
O.R.k bassist Colin Edwin discusses what each remixer brought to the project “Not everyone likes remixes, lots of time is spent crafting the atmosphere and sonic space of a composition and balancing all the different elements, only for someone to tear it all apart and do it their way. But we've always been fascinated by the way other people have previously reworked our material, underlined different aspects and created something unanticipated, so we are very pleased to have had some fine minds reinterpret and find new angles on our recent material.
Bill Laswell's remix of ‘Black Blooms had a fantastic clarity and depth that brought out new shades of emotional pull, with his all too short added intro highlighting the otherworldly atmosphere that follows. Both Greg Brimson and Adrian Benavides (aka Bilderberg) have gone drum heavy on their remixes of ‘Signals Erased’ with Bilderberg taking an almost industrial/Nine Inch Nails slant on the original with added guitar parts that wouldn't sound out of place on a Ministry track.
Greg Brimson has also focussed on the harder aspects of ‘Signals Erased’, especially highlighting Carmelo Piptone's "shattered glass" guitar style. Unexpectedly, the underlying six eight rhythmic feel of the track ends itself readily to being reworked in an energetic drum and bass style too, a nice surprise for us, it almost comes over like a more organic Pendulum.
What better to accompany a remix than a reinterpreted video? The darker version which accompanies Greg Brimson's remix, literally casts the song in a different light, and appears even more frenetic than the original.”
The band’s lastest studio album Ramagehead, their first for Kscope, was created from the band’s collective vision, unique influences and a multi-layered reflection of their powerful and engaging live experience. The resulting epic contains all the ingredients of a fiery O.R.k. performance with dark and heavy riffing, mesmeric atmospheres. Recorded during 2018 at LefMusicStudio (Italy), The Wormhole (USA) and Nightspace (UK). The mixing for Ramagehead was handled byAdrian Benavides and three-time Grammy-winning engineer Marc Urselli (U2, Foo Fighters, Nick Cave), the mastering by Michael Fossenkemper, engineering by Benavides and Bill Munyon (King Crimson), cover art by Adam Jones(TOOL) and design by Denis Rodier (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman). The recordings, and involvement of SOAD’s Serj Tankian on “Black Blooms”, solidifies the band's serious intent to use their musical chemistry in exploring the hard-edged possibilities within rock.
Prog Magazine (UK): ‘Ramagehead deserves to propel O.R.k to prog’s big leagues’
Classic Rock (UK) “‘Brooding, gnarly and soaring’
Rockerilla Magazine (IT)- Tracks that shake the bones deep, solemn and disturbing…a great album.
Rock Hard (DE) – an album as exciting as it is atmospheric
Lords Of Metal (NL)– an especially beautiful and thrilling album
Rock Hard (FR) - An album that breathes class and modernity through all its pores
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