Album: Oriya: s/t
Street Date: December 10, 2004
Length: 51:07
Rating: 3.5stars
From: Seattle, WA
Reviewed by: Kevin

1. Weight
2. Harmonic
3. Organized Lies
4. Drone
5. All The Way Down
6. Products & Demos
7. The Interview
8. Six

This band caught me off guard. I was sitting at the back of a venue waiting for another band to play later, but when I heard Oriya play, they caught my attention and didn't let go. The biggest influence on the band is clearly the Deftones, it can not be denied, but you should not let that sway you one way or another either. Oriya has a power that is created by the collective chemistry of all 4 band members.

One glance at the track list you might think you're getting a glorified EP with only 8 songs, but it's very deceptive because you get over 50 minutes of music, each song averages over 6 minutes long. They put a lot of thought and effort into these 8 tracks. Nearly every track is a heavy rock epic. The song "Drone" may be the exception, it comes in just under 8 minutes long and has a much more mellow sound. But the haunting vocals by Matt Owen run through the entire album. The track "Products & Demos" is the only song on the CD with a co-writer which was by Ryan the band's drummer.

Of all the indie bands that I've seen in the Seattle local music scene, Oriya has one of the potentials of breaking into the mainstream if the band is handled correctly behind the scenes. The CDs are dressed up CD-R's with pressed on labels with artwork that are given away at shows when a person signs up for their e-mail list.

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