ORANGE OUTLAW - DESERT WOLF
Review by Sloof
After opening the package with some new promotional material, the name Orange Outlaw drew my attention. Not that the cover is sublime (rather average), or that I’m familiar with this band (never heard of them yet), but their name had a special reference. Orange refers to William I, Prince of Orange and until today, the color orange creates a feeling of belonging to the people from Holland. Perhaps it sounds strange that a color leads into a general state of ecstasy, but that’s the way it is. Outsiders might be asking questions with this, surely strange name, but that’s only the outside of the band. What you will hear on the disc is beyond every expectation, and you can count me in as a fan of Orange Outlaw!
Orange Outlaw started in 2011, by Bass player Jeffrey Bryan Rijnsburger and Dirkjan de Wit (Lead Guitars). Shortly after, they completed the lineup with Sven Cornelissen (Vocals and Rhythm Guitar) and Mark van Grieken (Drums). A first demo was recorded (“First Shot” – 2012), followed by a video clip for the track ‘Getting Paranoid’, which also feature on the debut album ‘Desert Wolf’. Since September 2015, the first full length album is available, and as it is an independent release, I would suggest to order your copy at the homepage of the band : www.orangeoutlaw.nl
The album starts with a wonderful riff, and from the very first seconds, I knew that beautiful things were going to happen. The vocals of Sven Cornellisen are very pleasant to listen to and the songs in general have many layers so boredom won’t appear. All tracks on this debut album have the perfect ingredients to deliver great moments of joy and fun. The members of the band dominate their instruments and every track has a little gem to explore. What I do like about this band is their approach. They add so many solos, breaks and hooks in their songs that you will surprised about every track in general.
Some songs are pretty fast (“Glam On The Streets”, “Fast And Deadly”, “Your Game Is Killing Me”), while other have a totally different approach (“El Blanco” with some acoustic guitars), which results in a lot of variety while listening to the album. When the song “To Me You’re Done” starts, you will be drowned in an emotional feeling where magical moments are going to happen. After increasing some speed and working towards the chorus, you will hear nice riffing by Lead Guitar player Dirkjan de Wit. What happens in the second half of the song is outstanding! First you will get a drumming exposure from Mark van Grieken, followed by the guitars that are placed in the middle now and we get a blistering solo that really gives me goosebumps!
Fans of Y&T should take some time to get to know this band, although they are less American sounding. I think that this is the best song on this album, but that can change the upcoming days, as there are so many highlights to discover! You will agree that this is music from the heart, music with passion, music from a band that has an own face! They took me by surprise and it’s wonderful how they manage to take my attention for the full 53:16 minutes! My score is perfectly in relation with the quality of the songs!
My rating: 88 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish