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Orange Sky - "Dat Iz Voodoo" (CD)

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"Dat Iz Voodoo" track listing:

1. Yesterdays And Tomorrows
2. Is There Anybody There?
3. Alone
4. Dark Room
5. Roses
6. Rainbows
7. Psycho World
8. Never
9. Run
10. Second Wind
11. The End
12. Closer

Reviewed by on December 3, 2008

"one of the most diverse and original bands in the rock scene today"

Orange Sky is a band from Trinidad that has seemingly gained little international attention, despite achieving big time support slots for the likes of Hatebreed, Skid Row, Yngwie Malmsteen and even Ludacris. Support slots aside, the question is whether the band is any good. The answer is a resounding, "Yes" and their new album, "Dat Iz Voodoo," proves it.

Orange Sky is able to mix the sounds of heavy metal, reggae and calypso in a unique and convincing fashion that pays attention to every intricate detail of these genres, ensuring there's nothing fake about their sound, while appealling to a wide audience.

The band has proven with songs such as "Alone" and "Rainbows" that they are capable of writing fantastic ballads as well as hard hitters such as "Psycho World," which is reminiscent of hardcore legends Bad Brains. Orange Sky also includes a good mix of rock and roll while maintaining their ragga sound with songs like "Run." "Dat Iz Voodoo" also features a near perfect cover of the Scorpions song "Is There Anybody There?," which will not disapoint fans of the original version of the song.

Orange Sky is a band with a lot of talent and skill, and "Dat Iz Voodoo" is a great way to introduce yourself to the band, who are without doubt, one of the most diverse and original bands in the rock scene today.

Highs: "Psycho World" is perhaps one of the best songs to be commited to a disc in 2008 and the album features some of the best ballads from any band in a long time.

Lows: At times the songs can seem a little stretched out, which lets some of the album's credibility down considering the longest song is only five minutes.

Bottom line: "Dat Iz Voodoo" is one of the most original albums of the year and will please fans of both reggae and rock.

Rated 4 out of 5 skulls
4 out of 5 skulls

Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)