|Follow-up to 'Ramagehead' (2019) from King Crimson's Pat Mastelotto and Porcupine Tree's Colin Edwin
Format: CD / Cat No: KSCOPE723 / Released: 21/10/2022
Track Listing: As I Leave / Unspoken Words / Consequence ( feat Elisa ) / I Feel Wrong / Don`t Call Me A Joke / Hope For The Ordinary / Deadly Bite / Something Broke / Lonely Crowd / Someone Waits
More information: The expansive and emotive 'Screamnasium' is O R k's most essential album to date - spontaneous yet intricately crafted, it is perhaps the most concise statement of the band's sonic aims yet. With the quartet having formed a strong creative bond over the course of three previous studio albums and with countless miles clocked up on tour, the follow-up to 2019's acclaimed 'Ramagehead' has fnally arrived.
The pent up, derailed energies of O.R.k. have found a release with their gutsy and striking new album 'Screamnasium'. Setting the pace, lead single / album opener 'As I Leave' delivers the distilled O.R.k. spirit directly to the listener. Lef's powerful vocals, Carmelo Pipitone's energetic rifng, Pat Mastelotto's inventive rhythmic accompaniment, and Colin Edwin's distinctive bass tones all infuse 'Screamnasium' with a refreshed intensity and a new luminosity. Energy levels are maintained throughout the 42-minute runtime - these are hopeful anthems for an increasingly uncertain world.
A highlight is 'Consquence', where Lef spars with Grammy winning vocal phenom Elisa, best known outside her native Italy for her collaboration with the legendary Ennio Morricone on Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained' soundtrack.
Album closer 'Someone Waits' features virtuoso cellist Jo Quail who provides seductive, intertwining melodies which contrast the huge riffs underpinning Screamnasium's sound.
The creative duo of Grammy winning art director Adam Jones (of Tool) & Marvel/DC Comics illustrator Denis Rodier have handled the artwork and layout to create an iconic album artwork with remarkable visual imagery, while mixing & Mastering duties have been undertaken by Machine (Lamb Of God, King Crimson, Clutch).
Encompassing a wide breadth of emotional landscapes, 'Screamnasium' is the perfect catharsis for our troubled times.