Ogre are a band from Portland, Maine that plays a mixture of prog rock, heavy and doom metal and this is a review of their 2014 album "The Last Neanderthal" which was released by Minotauro Records.
The album starts out with an intro which uses dark sounding effects before going into an old school heavy/doom metal sound along with 70's style melodies which leads up to some melodic vocals and after awhile classic rock style guitar solos and leads are brought into the music.
As the album continues the music gets a lot heavier and darker along with a good amount of traces of early 80's doom metal and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them as well as a mixture of clean and heavy parts as well as speeding up at times and some some of the songs they bring in elements of psychedelic music and on one the tracks the music is all instrumental and they bring in a small amount of acoustic guitars.
When we get more into the album more classic and progressive rock elements are brought into the music along with a mid 60's to early 70's garage feeling and they mix it in with their heavy doom metal sound.
Ogre bring in a very retro sound to their music with the way they mix 70's proto metal with the heaviness and darkness of doom metal while also bringing in elements of garage, psychedelic, progressive and classic rock to create a sound that is very heavy and old school sounding while also not being a copy of anybody.
Song lyrics cover darkness and mythology themes, while the production has a very strong, powerful, heavy and old school sound where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording as well as some of the songs being very long and epic in length.
In my opinion Ogre are a very great sounding mixture of proto and doom metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Nine Princess In Amber" "Soulless Woman" and "The hermit". 8/5 out of 10.