Oh Sees - Orc
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Based on 19 reviews
2017 Ratings: #409 / 880
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Based on 223 ratings
2017 Ratings: #196
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The record is an absolutely evil stunner from front to back, top to bottom, head to toes and everywhere in between, and whips up the same kind of radiant, strange awe that the band’s overdriven catalog has so generously perpetrated album after wicked album.

A.V. Club

The expansive, wandering Orc—with its pastoral arrangements; long, proggy jams; and heavy-metal guitar licks—represents a relative change of pace, fully exploring the band’s heavier, ruminative sounds amid more familiar tics.

The Line of Best Fit

Despite all of the quixotic ups and downs in the tunes the album never loses its sense of purpose or momentum.

The Skinny

While previous Oh Sees tunes have tended toward explorations of mood, spread out over a krautrock-scented riff or two, here individual songs find themselves bursting at the seams with ideas.

Loud and Quiet

Generally, there’s something quite tainted about the sound of the album in its entirety, like an evil pleasure bubbling under the surface.


Fans who have joined the ride at some point in the past 20 years will no doubt be delighted with the dense, stomping chapter found in Orc, though newcomers might feel like they've wandered into a story very much in progress and may be more compelled by some of the band's earlier records.


‘ORC’ is exactly what you’d expect. That’s not to say it’s predictable - not in the slightest - but the band have built up a reputation for crafting mad canvases of sound, full of wild solos and narcotic energy. This album is no different on that front.


No matter what shape or form the songs take, they are driven by Dwyer's non-stop energy and the band's uncanny ability to transmit it through the speakers like sparks from a live wire.

The Needle Drop

(Thee) Oh Sees is a well-oiled psych rock machine on Orc.

The 405

Orc is another immensely satisfying offering from one of underground rock’s modern heroes.


With Orc, the band consolidate the strengths of their joint 2016 releases, A Weird Exits and An Odd Entrances, streamlining their grab-bag experimentation into a more fluid flow and quasi-conceptual framework.

Crack Magazine
At worst, you can say this isn’t different enough from the last, but with a band this good, who cares?
Drowned in Sound

On Orc, their nineteenth album in 14 years, the formula has to some extent been abandoned, and the effect is not necessarily what those urging for the change were hoping for.

Under The Radar

More recycled Roky Erickson-isms and smoky garage-rock riffs pollute the ears along with the most odious proggy lyrics this side of Genesis' The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway.

hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmn better than King Gizzard
DAY 15
[Genre(s): Psychedelic Rock, Garage Rock]

(Thee) Oh Sees is a really great band, they thrive in the music they create that is psychedelic and garage rock. I would even say that they are one of the best bands in the seperate genres, but this record doesn't really shows that previously gained title I gave them when their full-length 'Floating Coffin' dropped, that record is still probably one of my favourite albums in the genre. Although, this record ... read more
Pretty lit psych, garage, punk LP. I loved the metallic first half of the LP and although I didn't like the psychedelic and half as much it was still a blast. I just wish it had a more explosive closer and that "Keys To The Castle" wasn't stretched out for as long as it was because it sort of lost its flavour.
Thiiiiiis albummmm isssss crazyyyyyyyy

Fuck man, my head hurts. I feel so fuzzy and sick to my stomach.

Guess I'm gonna go relisten to Dopethrone and see if I can make it worse!
A simple yet fun rock record, not every track is all that memorable but still a good time.

Best Track: The Static God
Worst Track: Paranoise
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Track List

  1. The Static God
  2. Nite Expo
  3. Animated Violence
  4. Keys to the Castle
  5. Jettison
  6. Cadaver Dog
  7. Paranoise
  8. Cooling Tower
  9. Drowned Beast
  10. Raw Optics
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Added on: June 7, 2017