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|Orpheus is a Melodic Death Metal band from the northern regions of Melbourne, Australia. The band began as a side project for Chris when he and good friend, Joao, decided to start a new project together in 2008. The act was to be in the vein of great melodic death metal artists such as At The Gates, In Flames and Dark Tranquillity, but with signature Australian aggression and flair. Having recruited Chris' brother Matthew on drums, after some months of planning, good friends Sasha and Milky (Adam) were auditioned on Keyboard and Bass, respectively. During the initial audition the band wrote their first song, and it instantly became apparent that the line up was perfect. Orpheus was now a reality.
After releasing their E.P, 'So It Begins' in 2009, their unique take on the Melodic Death Metal genre and immersive live shows had seen the band gain much momentum, with their music spreading across Australian shores and beyond.
After many shows and much critical acclaim, the band released their long awaited debut album, 'Bleed The Way' through Rockstar Records in early 2011. The album was the culmination of two years of extensive gigging and writing to perfect their sound and create an album set to please any fan of heavy riff laden and keyboard driven death metal. In 2011, keyboardist Sasha, left the band for personal reasons and was replaced by current member Keswick Gallagher who bought his own unique style to the fray.
The new line up was personally selected as the national support act for Amon Amarth's 2012 Australian tour by the band and management. The band was praised for their stellar live shows across the tour and gained many new fans therein.
Orpheus Omega then released a self-produced Live DVD after many requests, capturing their live energy and showmanship on film. The DVD was accepted and praised highly from international fans as well as the local fanbase which lead the band to open for Alestorm and Eluveitie in Melbourne.
On May 4th 2013, Orpheus Omega released their sophomore album, 'ResIllusion' (res-illusion) through Rockstar Records (AU, NZ) , Amputated Vein (Japan) and iTunes globally.
Aggressive riffing, melodic passages and chaotic leadwork matched by intricate and destructive drum and bass grooves and blasts. With intricate and catchy, but never over the top or cheesy Keyboards, the music is carefully complemented by a diverse vocal performance where the end result is a unique and fresh take on the genre and an album that represents Orpheus Omega perfectly.
Unfortunately a day before the launch of ResIllusion, the band suffered the tragic loss of Bassist and good friend Adam 'Milky' Adams. Instead of throwing in the towel, the band decided to forge onward in honor of MIlky and all the hard work that had gone into the band before. Daniel Ralph (ex-Naberus) filled in for the scheduled tours after the release and has since become a permanent member of the band.
With critical acclaim and response locally and abroad, the band was chosen to tour with Eluveitie, Korpiklaani and Sirenia in 2013 and are now set to expand their live shows internationally in 2014.
The band has successfully concluded a headlining Australian tour on the back of "ResIllusion' and were picked by Dark Tranquillity to be the main support in 2014 on their Australian tour. Furthermore, the band will be supporting Children Of Bodom in Melbourne in 2014.