Orden Ogan is a German power metal band with progressive and folk metal elements. The band was formed in 1996 by Sebastian Grütling (drums) and Sebastian Levermann (lead vocals and guitar).[citation needed] They currently have three demos and seven studio albums and are signed with AFM Records.

Orden Ogan
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Background information
OriginArnsberg, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
GenresPower metal, folk metal, heavy metal
Years active1996–present
LabelsAFM Records
Members
  • Sebastian "Seeb" Levermann
  • Niels Löffler
  • Dirk Meyer-Berhorn
  • Steven Wussow
  • Patrick Sperling
Past membersSee former members
Websiteordenogan.de

They are also the organizers of the German metal festival WinterNachtsTraum, which has featured such bands as Rage, Sinister, Axxis, Ensiferum, Van Canto, and Agathodaimon.[1]

HistoryEdit

Founded in June 1996 as Tanzende Aingewaide, the band was renamed Orden Ogan in 1997. Orden Ogan means "The Order of Fear," Orden being the German word for Order, and Ogan being the Old Celtic word for Fear.[2][3] They released three demo tapes: Into Oblivion (1998),[4] Soli Deo Gloria (1999), and Testimonium A.D. (2004).[5]

The band considers its history to begin in 2008 with the release of their first studio album, Vale, which was released via Yonah Records in Germany, and met with acclaim by the European press.[citation needed] The German magazine, Rock Hard Magazine, called the band "the one and only legitimate Blind Guardian successor".[citation needed] Vale was later released in Brazil and Japan in 2009. Vale is also the first of the band's albums to feature their mascot Alister Vale. The cover art on all of the band's studio albums are done by Andreas Marschall, who has also done cover art for bands such as Blind guardian. The band's songs may also include deeper meaning, but all studio albums include the loose concept of the story of their mascot Alister Vale, an immortal who is cursed and has to move on and on, but everything he leaves decays behind him. Orden Ogan participated in over 50 shows in 2008, with festivals such as Rock am Ring (Ger, Hi8 stage), Metal Healing in Greece, Germany's Rock Harz, and the Metal Camp in Slovenia.[6]

In 2010, Orden Ogan released their second studio album, Easton Hope, with their current label AFM Records. Following the release, Orden Ogan did their first European tour supporting Tiamat.

Following a lineup change in 2011, Orden Ogan returned in 2012 album with their third studio album, To The End, which peaked at #41 on the German charts. The album's first single, The Things we Believe in, has reached over 5.8 million YouTube views as of 2021.

In 2013, it was announced that the band would play in the United States for the first time in 2014, participating in the power-progressive music festival, ProgPower USA XV.[7] The band was also included in Wacken Open Air, Made of Metal Festival in the Czech Republic, and went on tour with Rhapsody and Freedom Call.[8] They also toured Europe in January/February 2015 with Hammerfall and Serious Black.

In 2014, Orden Ogan frontman, Sebastian "Seeb" Levermann founded Greenman Studio, where he now mixes the audio for Orden Ogan. Greenman Studio has also mixed for the band Rhapsody of Fire.

In 2015, Orden Ogan released their fourth studio album, Ravenhead, which peaked at #16 on the German charts, and #56 on the Swiss charts.

Orden Ogan released their fifth studio album, Gunmen on 7 July 2017. On 19 May 2017, Orden Ogan posted the music video for their fifth album's first single, Gunman, to YouTube.

The band confirmed on 16 October 2019 that they had hired Steven Wussow (ex-Xandria) as the new bass player.[9]

The band's sixth studio album Final Days, was announced on 6 December 2019 and was originally set to be released on 28 August 2020, but was later postponed to 12 March 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The first single off of the album, "In the Dawn of the AI", was released on 24 July 2020 along with a music video.[10] The second single, "Heart of the Android", was released on 4 December 2020. The album was released in March, reaching number 3 on the German charts.[11]

On October 21, 2022, the band released their seventh studio album Final Days (Orden Ogan and Friends). The album is a tribute to their previous album Final Days and features the same songs, but with guest vocalists from other bands.[12] In addition to these songs, the album also features the song December, which was originally intended to be released with the original Final Days album. The subject matter for December regarded a killer virus that kills most of humanity, was deemed to be too sensitive to include during the original release of Final Days due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and was therefore omitted from the original album out of respect for those affected.[13] The new song was also released with a YouTube music video on AFM Records' YouTube channel.

MembersEdit

TimelineEdit

DiscographyEdit

DemosEdit

  • Into Oblivion demo (1998)
  • Soli Deo Gloria demo (1999)
  • Testimonium A.D. demo (2004)

Studio albumsEdit

  • Vale (2008)
  • Easton Hope (2010)
  • To the End (2012)
  • Ravenhead (2015)
  • The Book of Ogan (2016)
  • Gunmen (2017)
  • Final Days (2021)
  • Final Days (Orden Ogan and Friends) (2022)

Singles / Music videosEdit

  • We Are Pirates! (2010)
  • The Things We Believe In (2012)
  • Land of the Dead (2012)
  • Fever (2014)
  • Gunman (2017)
  • Come with Me to the Other Side (2017)
  • Fields of Sorrow (2017)
  • In the Dawn of the AI (2020)
  • Heart of the Android (2020)
  • Inferno (2021)
  • It Is Over (2022)
  • Absolution For Our Final Days (2022)
  • Inferno (2022)
  • Interstellar (2022)
  • December (2022)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "WinterNachtsTraum Festival (official)". Facebook.com. Retrieved 14 October 2020.
  2. ^ Cynthia Howarth (2015-03-28). "INTERVIEW: ORDEN OGAN". RockRevolt Magazine.
  3. ^ "ORDEN OGAN  – Ravenhead (2015) // Official Lyric Video // AFM Records". YouTube of band's record label "AFM Records". 2015-01-12. Retrieved 2021-10-09. ORDEN (noun): german word for a religious order; OGAN (noun): old celtic for >fear<
  4. ^ "Orden Ogan: Into Oblivion". metal-archives.com. 2020-11-29. Retrieved 2021-10-09.
  5. ^ "Orden Ogan: Testimonium A.D." metal-archives.com. 2019-05-04. Retrieved 2021-10-09.
  6. ^ "ORDEN OGAN - ROCKHARZ Festival". Rockharz-festival.com. Retrieved 14 October 2020.
  7. ^ "ProgPower USA XI - America's Premier Prog/Power Metal Festival". Archived from the original on 2010-01-14. Retrieved 2010-01-14.
  8. ^ "Made of Metal - Orden Ogan". Made of Metal.
  9. ^ "ORDEN OGAN - Steven Wussow als neuer Bassist bestätigt". Rock Hard Magazine. 16 October 2019. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  10. ^ "ORDEN OGAN Premier Music Video For "In The Dawn Of The AI"". BraveWords. 24 July 2020. Retrieved 29 July 2020.
  11. ^ "ORDEN OGAN - New Album, Final Days, Enters German Album Chart At #3". Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles. Retrieved 5 November 2022.
  12. ^ Nilsson, Kjell (2022-08-14). "Orden Ogan announce the release of "Final Days: Orden Ogan and Friends"". Stargazed Magazine. Retrieved 2023-01-16.
  13. ^ BraveWords. "ORDEN OGAN Release Official Video For "December" Single Held Back From 2021's Final Days Album". bravewords.com. Retrieved 2023-01-16.

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