April 14, 2023

EUROPEAN & UK TOUR BEGINS WEDNESDAY 12TH APRIL 

Recently O.R.k took us back to the beginning, releasing the video for their first ever song Pyre. Now, just as they are about to kick off their European & UK dates ,they bring us screaming back into the present with a new video for ‘Consequence (featuring Elisa)’, taken from their latest album Screamnasium

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

Watch the new video below!

 Opening with a beguiling acoustic guitar figure, the track surges into an emotional dark rock  ballad as we’re transported inside the consciousness of the troubled protagonist (Martina Sacchetti). 

Chiara Orsi, who previously created videos for ‘As I Leave’ and ‘Don’t Call Me A Joke’, returns to direct the beautifully shot cinematic video, which acts as a fitting companion to the song. Moving deeper and deeper into the characters psyche, the layers of imagery match the music in their depth to create an evocative dreamlike environment. 

Consequence is also part of yet to be announced feature film scored by O.R.k. vocalist LEF: 

“When the main character of this feature film gets sick and seems to become mentally ill, she seems to develop what looks like an incredible (almost mystic) new ability. While the connection between our piece ‘Consequence’ and this sort of truth/illusion dualism seemed to be quite obvious, I found the additional strings layers as the missing flavour to make it sound consistent with the rest of my orchestral score too.”

 ‘Consequence’ also features Elisa as a guest vocalist. Lef spars with the multiplatinum vocal phenom best known for her collaboration with Ennio Morricone on the Django Unchained soundtrack. 

Colin Edwin, O.R.k bassist explains how the vocal collaboration came about: 

Elisa was introduced to us by a mutual friend in the film industry who Lef had canvassed whilst he’d been trying to think of a suitable female vocalist to duet with on ‘Consequence’ I wasn’t consciously familiar with Elisa at first until I remembered the Django Unchained movie. Elisa is a huge star in Italy and also from a different world musically speaking, so she wasn’t an obvious choice but she was very positive about the song and has made a fantastic contribution. “ 

To compliment the video release a new and alternative edit of the song has been released as a digital single – ‘Consequence (Orchestral Mix)’ which features the ESE ensemble.  Colin explains further: 

“The Orchestral mix of Consequence was completed at the same time as all the rest of the Screamnasium material, but it seemed more suitable than the album version to match Chiara Orsi’s cinematic visuals, so has been kept exclusively for this latest standalone video release. Consequence will also be appearing in the near future as part of the soundtrack to an as yet untitled, full length feature film, scored by Lef. “ 

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The band kick off their European tour on Wednesday 12th April in Aschaffenburg, Germany and also includes performances at Prognosis Festival in both Eindhoven and at London’s  prestigious Indigo at the O2. 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: https://www.bandsintown.com/a/12115353

O.R.k live dates:

April

12th – Wed, Aschaffenburg  DE – Colos Saal

13th – Thu, Pratteln CH – Z7

14th – Fri, Stuttgart DE – Club Zentral 

16th – Sun, Eindhoven NL – Effeenar – Prognosis Festival

18th – Tue, Milan IT – Legend 54

19th – Wed, Rome IT – Traffic

20th – Thu, Bologna IT – Alchemica

21st  – Fri, Kufstein AT  – Kulturfabrik

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

25th  – Tue, Paris FR – Backstage by the Mill                        

27th – Thu, Nantes FR – Ferrailleur

28th  – Fri, Madrid ES – Rockville

29th  – Sat, Barcelona ES  – Razzmatazz 3

May 

5th Übach-Palenburg (DE) – Rockfabrik

6th Zoetermeer (NL) – De Boerderij

July

15th Katowice (PL) – Summer Fog Festival

Setting the pace, lead single/album opener 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.

Besides guest vocalist Elisa on ‘Consequence’, the album also features virtuoso cellist Jo Quail who provides seductive, intertwining melodies to bring Screamnasium to a dramatic and unexpected finale with the track “Someone Waits”.

the new (-ish!) album

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: 

I’m blown away by the range of moods, styles and skills on show, this is simply an album NOT to be missed, showcasing a huge breadth of emotional landscapesyour very own 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