Monday, February 18, 2013

Review: Ogenix - Ogenix

Ogenix are an electro-industrial metal hybrid group that have been slowly climbing their way out of the Montreal underground since 2001. The band have performed an abundance of local shows, and in 2012 they were given the opportunity to branch out into Toronto and other areas outside of their Quebec hometown. Ogenix have also shared the stage alongside highly acclaimed industrial metal acts such as Nanochrist and The Rabid Whole. After receiving praise for their prior EP, Cult, the band have finally put together their long awaited debut, self-titled, full-length album, Ogenix. Was it worth the wait?

Genre: Industrial Metal
Label: Self-released/independent
Release Date: February 21st, 2013
  1. Ignition/Fire
  2. Decay
  3. Rogue
  4. MKT
  5. Inquisition/Cult
  6. The End
Total Playtime: 28 minutes, 59 seconds






Rating: 9.5/10




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Ogenix are an electro-industrial metal hybrid group that have been slowly climbing their way out of the Montreal underground since 2001. The band have performed an abundance of local shows, and in 2012  they were given the opportunity to branch out into Toronto and other areas outside of their Quebec hometown. Ogenix have also shared the stage alongside highly acclaimed industrial metal acts such as Nanochrist and The Rabid Whole. After receiving praise for their prior EP, Cult, the band have finally put together their long awaited debut, self-titled, full-length album, Ogenix. Was it worth the wait?

The album begins on a slow note with a simple synth introduction that gradually picks up tempo, "Ignition/Fire" then detonates into a fiery tangent of power chords, heavy drumming and the track's signature chant, followed up by a catchy keyboard riff that mimics the rhythm the guitar had set into place. When the vocals begin after this point, there is a recognizable Rammstein influence laden in them; however this aspect does not carry throughout the rest of the album and virtually disappears after this song. In fact, the vocals do quite the opposite and end up as distinctive, characteristic vocals that are easy to associate solely with this act; a trait long lost by too many bands today.


Simple riffs and song structures topped with a zesty electronic composure is the recipe that Ogenix cook up on each track of their self titled full-length album, but what makes the content so spectacular is how fresh and modern every element is; every riff, rhythm and beat has never been heard before and no two tracks sound alike. There is a lack of bass presence which is contributed to mixing, so at times the content doesn't come off as heavy as intended; when the bass is heard, such as in "Ignition/Fire" and "The End", it is very soft. The guitar ends up picking up the slack where the bass falters, with its hard hitting, gritty tone. The drums are rarely heard repeating the same beat twice, and are even allowed a couple of solo sections here and there. The guitar, drums and vocals all center around the same base patterns in each track, which help them to play off one another. Track highlights for Ogenix would be "Ignition/Fire", "Decay", "Inquisition/Cult" and "The End" for their sheer raw energy and twisted industrial excursions.

Ogenix have redefined industrial metal as we know it, and in doing so have created their own unique style and sound which is characterized by both definitive vocals and superb synthesizer compositions. Raw energy captivated in high quality production, catchy chants and beats, headbang worthy rhythms, unique song structures and a sophisticated blend of pure metal with abrasive industrial components ensure a tireless listen again and again and again. One of the best releases thus far of 2013, you would be a fool to let this gem pass you by. Recommended for everyone, especially industrial metal enthusiasts and those who enjoy something radically different than your every day average metal.

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  1. Spot on review! I can see this band going big places with this newest release....two thumbs up!!!

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  2. I have no idea who any of these people are but I have listened to their songs and I think they are brilliant. I don't even like heavy metal music, I find it repulsive and it usually makes me vomit on my domesticated animals. However, OGENIX has fulfilled my everlasting fondness towards OGENIX. My favorite songs are DECAY, CULT, and MKT.

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