Taking their name from an ethnic minority group indigenous to Northern China, Orochen are more than just a band, they are a political collective harnessing the power of music as a means to achieve a just and right end.
Chiefly preoccupied with the way societies and environments across the world are harvested as economic resources, the Gothenburg post-metal quartet have consistently set out to investigate the conflicts of living a modern life, trapped inside a fiercely capitalist system. A theme that is strongly evident in their haunting and poetic new single, ‘Teeth of Glass’. As vocalist, Jonas Mattsson, explains:
“The scenario in the song comes from a nightmare where objects and emotions have their own souls and come to life, in a heavily distorted reality. The song portrays the descent deeper and deeper into an internal ocean where guilt and shame take the form of different creatures.”
Since the release of their critically acclaimed Thylacine EP last year, the band locked themselves away during the pandemic spring of 2021 to work on new material for their debut long player, Anthroposcenic.
Officially released this May, Anthroposcenic threatens a return to the dark overtures, tribal post-metal, and dense apocalyptic vistas of their previous releases, and also finds the band joining forces with a team of renowned photographers, artists and collaborators, to help embolden their message further.
“We’re truly honoured that Orochen wants to continue their journey with us,” explains Roger Andersson, co-conspirator and CEO of fellow Gothenburg institution, Suicide Records. “With their last EP they really showed everyone that they are a force to be reckoned with, and a dark one at that.”
Anthroposcenic by Orochen will be released 27th May 2022 and can be pre-ordered HERE
Jonas Mattsson – Vocals, Guitar, Banjo
Emil Gustavsson – Guitar, Vocals
Rasmus Lindblom – Bass, Synth, Programming
Hampus Olsson – Drums, Percussion