AFM Records has announced the signing of ORDEN OGAN, the melodic/power/folk metal band from Arnsberg, Germany. The group's new album, "Easton Hope", will be made available in early 2010.
In August, ORDEN OGAN released the video for the song "We Are Pirates", which can be viewed below. The song was used by Germany's biggest TV station RTL for several trailers that aired during the channel's Formula 1 broadcast.
Commented the band: "We always wanted to have a label that really believes in the band and gives 110% for ORDEN OGAN. We're very happy to announce that we signed in with AFM Records and are absolutely sure that this is the right decision and the right partner for ORDEN OGAN. AFM are one of the leading German metal labels as you can see when you take a look at the roster: DORO, DESTRUCTION, U.D.O. and so on. We're very proud to be part of the family now and are looking forward to our years and releases at AFM."
The "We Are Pirates" video features an appearance by former RUNNING WILD guitarist Majk Moti, who is fighting the evil pirate king and has to prove himself by dueling ORDEN OGAN guitarist Tobi.
Commented ORDEN OGAN singer Seeb: "RUNNING WILD has always been a big influence to us. 'We Are Pirates' is the ultimate RUNNING WILD homage. It was sad to hear that they [were] going to play their farewell show at this year's Wacken Open Air. This is our way to say 'Thank you, Rock 'n' Rolf' for many hours of great music!"
If you pay close attention, you will see that the "We Are Pirates" lyrics are completely based on Lucas Arts/Lucasfilm Games adventure classic "Monkey Island".
ORDEN OGAN's first self-released CD, "Testimonium A.D.", came out in 2004, and was followed by "Vale" in February 2008.
According to a press release, "the traditional roots of [ORDEN OGAN's] sound are, of course, contemporary modern, effortlessly avoiding cliche and is able to remain fresh and original. Symphonic keyboards melt into grinding guitar riffs and bombastic choir and orchestral arrangements creating an impressive wall of sound. Modern and traditional and the most original in their class of what Germany has to offer lately. ORDEN OGAN have rocked many stages and shows in the entire Republic of Germany and some of her neighbors with artists such as DORO, SUBWAY TO SALLY, IN EXTREMO, TESTAMENT, CLAWFINGER, SCHANDMAUL, CORVUS CORAX, BLAZE, AXXIS, RAGE, EISREGEN, NAPALM DEATH and many more."