Oh Sees - Orc
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2017 Ratings: #305 / 668
User Score
Based on 88 ratings
2017 Ratings: #119
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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.

Jan 11, 2018
Better stuff out there
Nov 14, 2017
A menacing psychedelic rock album from the band Oh Sees.I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this record with their signature garage pysch sounds and ominous energy bottling up through the tracks is a great listen for any rock fans in general.
Oct 22, 2017
One of the heaviest and best psychedelic rock albums to have been released this year. Oh Sees creates an immersive and exhilarating listening experience that is always engaging and intense, and it is one of the year's best rock albums as well. If you are interested in some quality psychedelic rock this year, look no further than this album.

Best songs: The Static God, Keys to the Castle, Raw Optics
Worst song: Cooling Tower
Aug 29, 2017
Let it bleed.
Aug 28, 2017
This may be the best Thee Oh Sees release to date. I've noticed a trend in their releases where songs will start strong but taper off leaving the ending of the album weak. But not on Orc, this album starts admittedly with this weakest song but then builds and ends strong.

Favorite Tracks: Nite Expo, Animated Violence, Jettisoned
Least Favorite: The Static God, Cooling Tower

Added on: June 7, 2017