I never thought I’d buy it, but when I heard “Fiction” I had to get it. This album is better than I expected. Orgy are not the most original band in the world, but this album has what alot of other bands on the radio lack these days…..atmosphere. They seem to have a clear sense of what they want to sound like and are very consistent throughout. Also…these guys can actually write catchy pop songs that are somewhat intelligent, as opposed to all that other nu-metal garbage that is on the radio nowadays. “Suckerface” shows the band getting a little heavier, and the first thing you notice is that synth like guitar distortion that they always use. “The Odyssey” is a little faster with an interesting syncopated groove. “Opticon” is a perfect example of the new-wave style that they are so good at modernizing. “Fiction (Dreams in Digital)” is an extremely well written song that is a definite progression from the music on Candyass. The hook in the chorus is undeniably catchy….awesome song. “Eva” is all about sounding like The Cure at the beginning…but then it seems to become metal during the chorus. This is the best song on the record in my opinion…..the songwriting is incredible. This should be the next single. “107″ shows the obvious Skinny Puppy influence. “Dramatica” and “Eyes-Radio-Lies” are well written, 80’s influenced pop songs, but they have that guitar sound and incredible production that create the atmosphere and give it a unique quality depsite the obvious influences. “Saving Faces” isn’t a particularly memorable track, but “Re-creation” hints at the Deftones. “Chasing Sirens” is pretty cool. Like in “The Oddysey”, theres a heavy syncopated riff that is very polished and pretty heavy for Orgy. “Where’s Gerrold” is another dancy track that I dont care for that much. Overall…..this album kicks a**, and is much better than Candyass. I think Jay Gordon sounds less b**chy on this album also. I find it pretty cool that a band can mix pop with heavy stuff in such a catchy way. The other cool thing about Orgy is that they dont come off like they are trying to be tough or anything. All the other “heavy” bands on the radio nowadays bite…..they are not heavy.. go buy a Meshuggah album, that is heavy defined. As far as I’m concerned, the only modern bands on the radio that count nowadays are A Perfect Circle, Radiohead, Chili Peppers and of course, Orgy.
As good as Orgy’s 1998 debut Candyass was, Vapor Transmission (2000) kicks things up a notch. The Los Angeles-based five-piece goes straight for the jugular this time, abandoning new wave covers and creating a few fresh classics along the way. The result sounds like Depeche Mode after several consecutive viewings of Blade Runner: edgy, moody, and armed to the teeth with enough sonic bombast to jumpstart techno-goth fans everywhere. Vocalist Jay Gordon’s hoarse histrionics are perfect for the band’s surreal paranoia and lust; imagine a romanticism with room for lyrics such as ”Transglobal spectacle with post mortem and fame / Popsicle cannibal, can you hear me?” The production by Skinny Puppy’s Dave ”Rave” Ogilvie is a bright purple fluid that turns Orgy’s blood into a deep murk, dark but dazzling. While Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson may be the most prominent techno-rockers, Orgy’s Transmissions are louder and clearer.–Jason Josephes
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I knew Orgy was worth attention when I first heard “Stitches” on the radio a couple years ago. I bought Candyass, of course, and was very satisfied with the album – it was fresh, talented music with an interesting approach to the glam rock/alternative/somewhat electronic forum. I never really expected them to become one of my favorite bands, though.Then, Vapor Transmission caught me completely off guard. Orgy has turned to a more electronic direction (YES!!) and they have matured and grown very impressively in their short time together… There are still some rough spots on VT but they are so small I can’t even compel myself to take any stars away. All the songs here (especially Eva, Opticon, and Dramatica – my faves so far) have the familiar, catchy pop feel to them, but Orgy’s special talent seems to be to take these elements and make them somehow sound like nothing else you’ll hear on the radio. Even though they aren’t the most original act around, Orgy stands out like few bands do because they walk the line between mainstream and psychosis so well. Also, for fellow lyricists out there (and anyone, actually), really listen to what Jay has to say in this album: His lyrics have really dug in (Standouts: Eva, about the loss of a loved one, and Re-Creation, about fakes and religion) and taken hold of some serious meaning… It can be very compelling if you let it be.The only other thing I can tell you with certainty is the disclaimer in the subject line: Once you start listening to VT you can’t stop! Beware of songs that will get stuck in your head for hours. (Opticon!)And we make this new religion… to escape what we’ve become…
After listening to Candyass for 2 straight years, I didn’t think Orgy could top it. I was wrong. Orgy go beyond their glam rock image and deliver some real hi-quality songs. There are no cover songs here, just really well written original songs. Like the title states: Orgy have grown lyrically and musically.If you are expecting Candyass part 2, let me disappoint you. The songs on here are far more creative. Songs like “Eyes, Radio, Lies” and “Fiction (Dreams in Digital)” are the best pieced together songs and have a layered sound to them. “Opticon” and “Suckerface” are the two heaviest songs, and are also where drummer Bobby Hewitt shines his most. Upon listening to Candyass, I labeled him as a mediocre drummer, but in this CD, he proves to be one of the most talented in the band. “Eva” is a more emotional song, which I’m not sure quite what it’s about, I know it’s about someone Jay lost, maybe his mom or a girlfriend or someone he looked up to, but it is very well written and the timing is perfect. This is surely the album that will establish Orgy as their own, rather than just a band associated with Korn. Orgy have finally found where they want to and need to be, musically, and lyrically.
I’ve never given an album five stars on here before, but I believe I have finally found a more than worthy CD to take that honor. Orgy’s “Vapor Transmission” is an absolutely stunning accomplishment — a wild fushion of keyboards, hard rock, creative production, and great vocals. It blows away their debut album and just about any other hard rock CD released so far this year. What makes this album — and Orgy in general — so effective is how they take many elements of 80’s music, like synths and keyboards, and weld them to catchy late 90’s metal, an approach that produces some truly epic songs here. And in an age when nearly every modern metal band has a rapper for a singer and a DJ they don’t really need, Orgy stand out for creating smooth, textured music than is nonetheless aggressive without lapsing into meaningless rap shouts. There really isn’t a single dud on “Vapor Transmission”. After the intro song, Orgy blast into action with “Suckerface”, a heavy song with a catchy rhythm and subtle keyboards. From there, it’s almost all gravy: the beatiful “Fiction”, the gorgeous ballad “Eva”, and the haunting “Re-creation” are among some of the best moments. All of the songs have memorable, interesting touches, and the whole thing closes out with a bang with “Where’s Gerrold?”, a blazing slice of perfectly executed metallic fury. Throughout the album, Orgy throw out every trick in the book to give the music maximum impact: weird vocal effects, string instruments, breakbeats, and moments of remarkable passion from singer Jay Gordon. At times, all the effects risk overwhelming the music and can seem gimmicky, but it’s refreshing to see a band go too far to please the listener instead of not going far enough. All in all, if you’re a fan of Orgy’s first album, modern metal in general, or even some 80’s music, you’d be insane not to pick up “Vapor Transmission”. Unlike most CDs, it gets better the more you listen to it instead of worse, a great rarity in these times. And if you can, see them perform live some time. They are more than capable of producing this tricky, complex music live, and they put on one of the best shows you’ll ever see.
I’ll be perfectly honest, I wasn’t a big fan of “Candyass.” “Stitches” was perfect, but the rest was mostly lacking (especially their cover of New Order’s classic “Blue Monday”). When I heard Orgy where making a follow-up, I didn’t think much of it. Then I heard they were going in a heavier and more electronic direction, and that this time, there would be no covers. My interest was sparked. So after hearing the ridiculously catchy “Fiction (Dreams In Digital),” my mind was made up. I went out and bought “Vapor Transmission.” And after finally tearing myself away from the single long enough, I listened to the CD all the way through. The result? As my title said, a masterpiece. It’s like Depeche Mode covering Nine Inch Nail’s “Broken” album. Not one bad song here, and “Fiction (Dreams In Digital)” isn’t even the best song here. “The Odyssey,” “Opticon,” “107,” “Eyes-Radio-Lies,” and “Chasing Sirens” are all, in my opinion, the best songs here. Perhaps the biggest shock to me was that all (yes, all) of these songs are incredibly catchy. The guitars are heavier than on “Candyass,” but I wouldn’t call them aggressive at all, just distorted and heavy (just the way I like it). The more electronic diection that Orgy said they were taking is evident, especially on songs like “Fiction (Dreams In Digital)” and “Chasing Sirens.” However, the biggest improvement on Orgy’s sophomore effort is Jay Gordan. Let’s face it, he didn’t do a great lyrical job on “Candyass,” and most of the songs were a bit uninspired (“Dizzy,” anyone?). With “Vapor Transmission,” however, he makes a huge improvement. On “Eva” (which I read was written as a tribute to producer Josh Abraham’s late mother) Jay is completely touching. Others, like “Opticon” for example, Jay sings about fakes and religion (thankfully telling it like it is). Now, Jay’s lyrics are on par with his amazinng vocals. Another complaint about “Candyass” was that Orgy were nothing but a studio band, that all the magick came from their producers. “Fiction (Dreams In Digital)” probably didn’t convert the ones who believe that (I did with “Candyass”), but one listen through the whole album, and you can tell that’s not true. Strip away all the studio ear candy, and you still have a band that can rock like %95 of these current “bands” wish they could (Papa Roach, anyone?). Perhaps the song that stood out the most to me was “107.” The dark atmosphere practically commands you step up and take notice. There are dark melodies running throughout the vein of “Vapor Transmission” from “Vapor Transmission (Intro)” to the hidden gem of a song at the end, but none so magnificently strong as “107.” I really hope this song is considered for a single, because it truly deserves to be heard. Another top winner is “The Odyssey,” which has some great lyrics dealing with people who run from things. As I’ve said before though, all of these songs are amazing and extremely catchy. The lyrics and vocals are amazing, the music is incredible and infectious, and “Vapor Transmission” has the best production since Nine Inch Nails’ “The Fragile.” Orgy have created a masterpiece, and “Vapor Transmission” earns its spot as one of the three best albums of the year. Very highly recommended, just don’t say I didn’t warn you when you can’t get these songs out of your head. Personally, I like them there. A perfect album.