Orenda is a progressive metal band from Rouen/Haute-Normandie, France consisting of Stéphane Coubray (keyboards, vocals), Anthony Lefebvre (vocals), Raphael Léger (drums, vocals), Cédrick Saulnier (guitars, vocals), and Juliene Estève (bass, vocals). Orenda was created in 1998 at the University of Rouen as a Dream Theater cover band. The band started to work on original compositions in September of 2000 but was severely delayed to a serious car accident in February of 2002. In August of 2005, the band started recording their debut album "A Tale Of A Tortured Soul" which was released on Musea in February of 2008. "A Tale Of A Tortured Soul" is a concept album with nine songs, but is intended to be one piece…
Kiss Of The Thorn's 10 songs are a combination of solid Metal riffs and strong guitar work, heavy drums, and a slightly-evil and sinister mood combined with gloomy and dark lyrical content, which often deals with macabre subject matter and/or religion. While an enjoyable album to listen to, Kiss Of The Thorn isn't a happy disc that you'd play to cheer yourself or someone else up … unless you were an axe-murderer or something. Kiss Of The Thorn is a solid album from A Tortured Soul, and is definitely worth checking out.
The main goal of A Tortured Soul is quite obviously to develope the mystical and theatrical style of the Mercyful Fate and King Diamond onward to something fresh and furious, filled with youthful power. Lucifer’s Fate is a powerful statement of a still young and hungry act saying that the epic and theatrical mystic power metal has just unfolded its full blossom of unearthly majesty and beauty.
This stylishly devised programme juxtaposes cantatas by Rosenmüller, Krieger and Buxtehude with instrumental chorales and sonatas by Scheidemann, Praetorius, Tunder and Weckmann; most of these now known, if at all widely, as forerunners to Bach rather than as fine musicians in their own right as they deserve to be. During the 17th and 18th centuries, Hamburg became a leading commercial port where material and cultural goods circulated freely. Ensemble Méridien has chosen this city as the focal point of a fascinating musical journey through northern Germany, a journey that reveals different aspects of this artistic power. The port of Hamburg was also the driving force behind the north German organ school of the time. Churches were overflowing with magnificent organs, and their building and playing techniques reached extremely high standards, as is evident from the organ music included here. Though most of the music in this recital has been recorded before, it has only appeared on relatively obscure labels, and not in this imaginative context where one may more fully appreciate its dramatic as well as musical merits.