For Promotional Purposes
Updated : March 2017
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Orpheum; named after the old theatrical vaudevillian
circuit, formed from the ashes of different bands in
2010. Based in London, UK.
Fronted by the mesmerising Erin Johnson, melodic guitar of Finlay Thomson, pounding bass of Phillipe Dutra and the thunderous drums of Andy Thomson, they have combined gothic, progressive and symphonic metal to create their dramatic music. Some influences include Within Temptation, Gothminister and Dream Theater.
On 24th June 2016 the band's debut album "Darkness and Decay" was released through the Official Orpheum Store, iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Music and Spotify, with tour and festival dates booked for 2016/2017 for around the UK to promote the album.
"If you like your metal with a darker, gothic edge this album is definitely for you and well worth adding to your CD collection. Highly Recommended Listening."
- Black Phoenix Rising - July 2016
This marks the band's second release. In 2012, the band announced their EP “Treason”, creating a limited pre-order edition, all of which were snapped up within the first few days. The band received an excellent reaction from a growing fanbase while performing at venues in and around London, including being asked to support bands such as November-7 and Edguy while interviewed by websites such as terrorizer.com.
Due to singer Erin undergoing an operation and a band member leaving in 2013, the band went on a hiatus through the rest of that year and through 2014. During this time they continued to work on their debut album until former Silent Cry member Phillipe Dutra joined the Orpheum family. At the break of 2015, the album “Darkness and Decay” was announced accompanied by the title track; made available on SoundCloud, YouTube and selected for two Metal compilation CDs. 2015 saw the band back performing live again since 2012 and for the first time at venues across the UK, with tour dates for 2016 booked including the Northern Symphony Festival, Bladefest and Darker Days Festival 2017. The Darker Days Festival marked the last time keyboard player Mars Martin would perform with the band, leaving after 8 years together and leaving the band to continue as a four piece.
ORPHEUM GOTHIC METAL DEBUT ALBUM
London based Gothic Progressive Metal band Orpheum’s theatrical debut album "Darkness and Decay" was released on 24th June 2016, through their Official Store (http://store.orpheum.co) and digitally through iTunes, Google Play, Spotify Amazon Music and most digital stores.
They shall be performing at venues and festivals around the UK to promote the album, with dates booked for 2016 and 2017.
"Darkness and Decay" Track Listing:
01. Darkness and Decay
03. No Way Through
04. Broken Glass Kiss
05. Said the Spider
06. Porcelain Doll
08. Memento Vivere
09. Memento Vivere (Cello Lament)
10. Memento Vivere (Choral)
Official Lyric video taken from the album:
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Darkness and Decay (Album 2016) Reviews
"If heavy metal isn't only about playing fast and loud, some genres show the melodic, technical and obscure side of what heavy rock can bring to us. The progressive gothic metal British band Orpheum is an example of that. With songs full of feeling and combined with heavy riffs, Erin Johnson (vocals), Finlay Thomson (guitar), Andy Thomson (drums), Mars Martin (keyboard) and the Brazilian Phillipe Dutra (bass guitar) benefit from good technic.." (Translated from Portuguese)
"Orpheum instead have eschewed strings and gone for an almost Wurlitzer sounding organ to add texture to their dark tales. It gives them a theatrical element that they definitely use to their advantage."
"Paradise Lost imagery, a sprinkling of Delain, a touch of Therion and some ethereal Anathema sounds..."
"Orpheum have released a noteworthy debut album and 'Darkness And Decay' is a credit to the band which gives them the ideal platform to build on. The tracks are well written, executed and produced, if you like your Metal with a darker, Gothic edge this album is definitely for you and well worth adding to your Cd collection. If you haven't heard of Orpheum before be sure to check out them out using the links below, you won't be sorry. Highly Recommended Listening..."
"Darkness And Decay fantastic and very sparkling album. I like No Way Through to that perpetual organ that almost creates a Hammer film-like atmosphere. But the mysterious atmosphere Said The Spider , the aforementioned and most progressive and also longest song Porcelain Doll and the concluding triptych Memento Vivere . Actually, I love the whole album..." (Translated from Dutch)
"Proof that the British Female Fronted Rock & Metal scene is buzzing. Erin has an awesome operatic vocal style and there are stand out cuts a plenty, including ‘Treason’ (featured on their EP), the rather kool ‘Said The Spider’ (a track I do rather like), the epic, complex and majestic 10 minute plus ‘Porcelain Doll’ (also on the EP) and the closing threesome of ‘Memento Vivere’, ‘Memento Vivere’ (Cello Lament) and ‘Memento Vivere’ (Choral). Overall, this is a superb offering from this London band and well worth a purchase."
"Orpheum performed with such intoxicating energy and the crowd were with them every step of the way. On top of an amazing performance, Orpheum treated the Birmigham crowd to news that their much-anticipated, long-awaited debut album Darkness And Decay is now available for pre-order and will be released on June 24th this year."
"Mind blown by a superb performance from @orpheumband tonight at #scruffys"
"Up first at The Haunts tonight we have gothic progressive metallers Orpheum stepping up after Desolate Pathway pulled out. The 5 piece have a good dynamic, I really like the vocal work between frontwoman Erin Johnson and keyboardist Mars Martin, overall a good performance despite some sound issues and they have got some pretty good songs too. I look forward to seeing what more is to come in the future, and will hopefully catch them again soon! (6/10)"
"Orpheum kick off tonight's proceedings with their own brand of Prog-tinged Gothic Rock. This atmoshepric five-piece are led by snake-hipped front woman Erin Johnson whose glass-shattering high notes and piercing, soul-puncturing stare keeps your attention firmly in place. Every member is committed to creating an atmospheric fog that fills the whole venue, helped by some mesmerising lead guitar work from Fin Thomson. Flitting between the radio-friendliness and a heavier, distorted sound, Orpheum show that they are no one-trick pony, even including a maddening drum solo from their masked sticksman. This is a strong opening act and hopefully more of the same will follow."