March 22, 2023

TAKEN FROM DEBUT ALBUM ‘INFLAMED RIDES’

TOUR KICKS OFF APRIL IN SUPPORT OF NEW ALBUM ‘SCREAMNASIUM’

Following on from the release of their latest album Screamnasium in late 2022, we take you back to the very beginning with the first ever track penned by O.R.k.  

Taken from O.R.k’s debut release Inflamed Rides (2015), ‘Pyre’ shares a sentimental space in the band’s heart. Aside from being the first song that the band completed together, it was also the first track that the world heard from the then new outfit.  ‘Pyre’, along with the rest of the Inflamed Rides album benefits from an updated remix and remaster, and a long overdue reissue on both CD and limited edition blue vinyl, which are both out now.

The video, created by Nanà Oktopus Dalla Porta of Oktopus Productions allows space for an ambiguous interpretation, but is centralised around the theme of anonymity and the need to question the ideals of both leaders and followers, whatever their ideologies may be. 

O.R.k. are:
Lorenzo Esposito Fornasari a.k.a LEF – lead vocals
Pat Mastelotto – drums
Colin Edwin – bass
Carmelo Pipitone – guitars 

Colin Edwin, O.R.k bassist states : 

“Pyre has always had a special place in the O.R.k. timeline as it was the first song we completed together, and also the first song we released to the wider world. As well as recognising and discovering our own musical chemistry, we were carried along by the very enthusiastic response to Pyre and the accompanying video on it’s first release. As we’ve explored the music live, Pyre has frequently taken up a special point in our live sets, often expanding to a long and evolving peak moment. 

The Pyre video features an ambiguous lead character, someone who appears to be somewhat of an outsider. The visuals invite multiple interpretations, is our man an outcast, shamed by his actions? or a prophet before his time, an independent voice refusing to conform, who the crowd have ignored at their own peril?” 

The band will soon be embarking on a European tour alongside a date at London’s Indigo at the O2 for Prognosis festival. This will be the band’s first live shows since 2019’s ‘Ramagehead’ and will be a co-headline run with French contemporary Rock trio Lizzard

Pick up tickets here: O.R.k. band Concert Tickets: 2023 Live Tour Dates | Bandsintown

O.R.k live dates:

APRIL

12th Aschaffenburg, DE – Colos Saal

13th Pratteln,  CH – Z7

14th Stuttgart, DE – Jugendhaus Mitte

16th Eindhoven, NL – Effeenar – Prognosis Festival 

18th Milan,  IT – Legend 54

19th Rome, IT – Traffic

23rd London, GB  – Indigo at the O2 – Prognosis Festival

25th Paris, FR-  Backstage by the Mill        

27th Nantes, FR – Ferrailleur  

28th Madrid, ES – Rockville  

29th Barcelona, ES  – Razzmatazz 3 

May  

6th Zoetermeer, NL – De Boerderij

See the review in your very own Velvet Thunder, here:

O.R.K. – SCREAMNASIUM (KScope Records) – VELVET THUNDER

Setting the pace, lead single/album opener of Screamnasium, As I Leave delivers a distilled form of the O.R.k. spirit directly to the listener. Lef’s powerful vocals, Carmelo Pipitone’s energetic riffing, 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 as O.R.k. state the case for optimism, tolerance and empathy – these are hopeful anthems for an increasingly uncertain world.

One particular highlight is Consequence, 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 also features virtuoso cellist Jo Quail who provides seductive, intertwining melodies to bring Screamnasium to a dramatic and unexpected finale. 

O.R.k’s Screamnasium is expansive, emotive and the band’s most essential album to date. It is spontaneous yet intricately crafted and has already been described by the press as:

the expansive and emotive Screamnasium is O.R.k’s most essential album to date Velvet Thunder

the sound of O.R.k becomes a vessel of beauty Classic Rock

 A surprising, spirited release Prog Magazine

Cool, damn cool album!!! Break Out (DE) 

stunning record Tutto Rock

Excellent ROCKERILLA

Excellent & #2 Radar – Eclipsed

The creative duo of Grammy winning art director Adam Jones (of Tool) and Marvel/DC Comics illustrator Denis Rodier have handled the artwork and layout to create an iconic album artwork with remarkable visual imagery, while mixing and mastering duties have been undertaken by Machine (Lamb of God, King Crimson, Clutch).

Screamnasium is out now on Kscope on CD / ltd ed green coloured vinyl LP/ black vinyl LP and digitally.

ORDER HERE https://ork.lnk.to/Screamnasium

the remixed Pyre

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As I Leave, the opener from Screamnasium