Orthrelm

Short biography of Orthrelm: Orthrelm is a instrumental guitar/drums duo founded in the summer of the year 2000 by guitarist Mick Barr and drummer Josh Blair. They were initially known for playing extremely complicated compositions with little or no repetition whatsoever. However in 2005 they received alot of attention, praise and criticism for their extended minimalist piece "OV" (Ipecac, 2005) which instead utilized repetition to the extreme.

Orthrelm began as a sort of continuation of Mick Barr's earlier guitar/drums duo (with Malcolm McDuffie) Crom-Tech (which itself was sort of a continuation of his short-lived guitar/bass/drums trio Or Rathol Nok) that had broken up, main difference being Orthrelm lacking the vocals. Mick had sent Josh a tape of some songs (later recorded as "Iorxhscimtor") he had worked on and wanted to put to rest, Josh answered and some time later Orthrelm was formed. During 2001 Orthrelm recorded nearly their entire output so far, both old pre-Orthrelm material composed solely by Barr and new collaborative material were recorded. Among these were the infamous "Asristir Veildrioxe" an album consisting of 99 short micro-compositions in barely 12 minutes. Also released was a split with Touchdown and these tracks could be the pinnacle of the earlier Barr/Blair compositions. During 2002-2004 they worked on composing "OV" initially influenced by middle-eastern music. They toured and performed alot during this time. Some acts they toured with include The Locust, Pig Destroyer, Growing and Zombi.

In early 2006 the band were forced to cancel their tour because one of the members was ill. Since then Orthrelm has been very quiet "active though dormant for most of the time" as they put it. But they say there's still plans to resurrect and write.

Also on the Web you may find Orthrelm by links below:
  1. http://www.orthrelm.com/
  2. http://www.myspace.com/orthrelm
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# Album cover Album title Tracks amount Download album in mp3? Official release date Production label
1 Orthrelm - Orthrelm / Behold... The Arctopus Orthrelm / Behold... The Arctopus 2
mp3, CD
2006-03-29 Crucial Blast
2 Orthrelm - Asristirveildrioxe Asristirveildrioxe 99
mp3, CD
2002-02-05 Troubleman Unlimited
3 Orthrelm - Trans Atlantic Asthma Attack Trans Atlantic Asthma Attack 6
mp3, CD
2005
4 Orthrelm - Orthrelm I Orthrelm I 22
mp3, CD
2001-00-00 Not On Label (Mick Barr Self-released)
5 Orthrelm - OV OV 2
mp3, CD
2005 Epicene Sound Systems
6 Orthrelm - Iorxhscimtor Iorxhscimtor 12
mp3, CD
2001 Tolotta Records
7 Orthrelm - Asristir Vieldriox Asristir Vieldriox 99
mp3, CD
2002 Troubleman Unlimited
8 Orthrelm - 2nd 18/O4 Norildivoth Crallos-Lomrixth Urthiln 2nd 18/O4 Norildivoth Crallos-Lomrixth Urthiln 19
mp3, CD
2002-08-27 Three One G (31G)
9 Orthrelm - Iorxhscimtor Iorxhscimtor 12
mp3, CD
2001 Tolotta Records
10 Orthrelm - Split Split 13
mp3, CD
2002-07-30 Troubleman Unlimited
11 Orthrelm - Untitled Untitled 2
mp3, CD
2004 Forge Records (2)
12 Orthrelm - Untitled Untitled 2
mp3, CD
2004 Forge Records (2)
13 Orthrelm - OV OV 2
mp3, CD
2005 Epicene Sound Systems
14 Orthrelm - Orthrelm Orthrelm 36
mp3, CD
2010-06-01 ugEXPLODE
15 Orthrelm - OV OV 3
mp3, CD
2005-06-00 Ipecac Recordings
16 Orthrelm - 20012 20012 4
mp3, CD
2012-02-21 Not On Label
17 Orthrelm - Orthrelm II II Orthrelm II II 48
mp3, CD
2012-02-00 Not On Label (Mick Barr Self-Released)

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