Spanish avant-garde doom/drone experimentalists Orthodox are stoked to be back to their original lineup and share the latest track from their new album Proceed, “Rabid God,” along with this trippy visualizer. So kick back; Take a smoke break, and get on the level.
The track blend classic doomy influences and ’90s psychedelia into something unique and heavy, perfect for early summer jamming.
Orthodox were formed as a trio in Seville, Spain at the end of 2004. Starting from doom metal and absorbing influences from drone, jazz, the band turned into a duo as of 2014, with bassist/vocalist Marco Serrato and drummer Borja Díaz handling all recording and live performances.
However, Proceed sees the return of guitarist Ricardo Jiménez to the lineup for the first time since 2011’s Baal. To capture this mammoth album, in November 2021, Billy Anderson (Sleep, Melvins, High On Fire, Om, Neurosis, EyeHateGod) was flown to La Mina Studios in Sevilla, Spain, and recorded the album with assistant engineers Raúl Pérez and Nacho García.
“Borja and I allowed ourselves to try everything we wanted while we worked as a duo,” says bassist/vocalist Marco Serrato. “So, with Ricardo back in the band, we wanted to give him a lot of room to contribute as much of his ideas as possible. ‘Rabid God’ is one of his many contributions for this album. He created this intricate puzzle based on that simple riff. We arranged the whole thing at the rehearsal room with a great job by Borja on drums, who like so many other times plays as ‘lead drums.’ Then I took care of the voice and lyrics. But it was Billy Anderson who put the magic touch to it. It is one of the songs where Billy’s contribution is most palpable. Not only during the recording but his ideas for the mix gave the song an extra dimension. We are really satisfied with it.”
Alone Records will release Proceed on LP in two variants limited to 500 copies as well as digipak CD and digital formats on June 30. Find preorders at the label webshop here and Bandcamp here.
Image courtesy of Orthodox