Here in the 21st century, we are accustomed to the instant gratification of looking up almost any band and immediately having their social media pages, websites, and informational resources right at our fingertips. But every so often, an act will spurn all the technological tools available to them and simply allow their music to be their voice, their representation, and their public face.
Such is the case with Valencia, Spain’s Orthodoxy. Very little is known about this Spanish quartet, because truthfully, there is very little out there to be found. No one seems to know precisely when the act was formed (although their first and only demo was released in 2015, so that’s at least a rough estimate to run with), they have zero internet presence aside from Bandcamp, and further confusing the issue, there is another Spanish act with a similar-but-not-identical name that makes the search results even murkier.
What is known about Orthodoxy, though, is that this Valencian blackened death and doom four-piece seems to be a side project of two of the members of the long-established Profundis Tenebrarum, although even that is hard to fully verify, because if so, then they both changed their pseudonyms for their new venture (vocalist/instrumentalist NTN of Orthodoxy is assumed to also be known as Nocturn in his other projects, while bassist/guitarist Nosferatvm and the more popularly known Nosfer are believed to be one in the same person, also).
Obscurities in origins aside however, Orthodoxy’s debut full-length album, Novus Lux Dominus (The Sinister Flame Records) is sure to gain this seclusive troupe some well-deserved attention. Tight, tenebrous, and seething with portentous, malevolent music, Novus Lux Dominus is nine tracks of blackened death and doom ascendency.
Fittingly set for release on Halloween, 2019, Novus Lux Dominus by Orthodoxy is malicious, miasmic, and strong-as-athame-steel. Upon first listening, make sure not to skip “Flame of Primordial Essence”, the title track “Novus Lux Dominus”, the pulverizing marvelousness of “Voluptuous Death”, and the caliginous closer, “Residues of an Obsolete Trance”.
You can check out the album stream of Novus Lux Dominus by pressing play below - and be sure to purchase a copy if your ears enjoy what they hear!
Rating: 8.5 / 10
Released: October 31st, 2019 (The Sinister Flame Records)
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