Orthrelm is a instrumental guitar/drums duo founded in the summer of the year 2000 by guitarist Mick Barr and drummer Josh Blair. They were initially known for playing extremely complicated compositions with little or no repetition whatsoever. However in 2005 they received alot of attention, praise and criticism for their extended minimalist piece "OV" (Ipecac, 2005) which instead utilized repetition to the extreme.

Orthrelm began as a sort of continuation of Mick Barr's earlier guitar/drums duo (with Malcolm McDuffie) Crom-Tech (which itself was sort of a continuation of his short-lived guitar/bass/drums trio Or Rathol Nok) that had broken up, main difference being Orthrelm lacking the vocals. Mick had sent Josh a tape of some songs (later recorded as "Iorxhscimtor") he had worked on and wanted to put to rest, Josh answered and some time later Orthrelm was formed. During 2001 Orthrelm recorded nearly their entire output so far, both old pre-Orthrelm material composed solely by Barr and new collaborative material were recorded. Among these were the infamous "Asristir Veildrioxe" an album consisting of 99 short micro-compositions in barely 12 minutes. Also released was a split with Touchdown and these tracks could be the pinnacle of the earlier Barr/Blair compositions. During 2002-2004 they worked on composing "OV" initially influenced by middle-eastern music. They toured and performed alot during this time. Some acts they toured with include The Locust, Pig Destroyer, Growing and Zombi.

In early 2006 the band were forced to cancel their tour because one of the members was ill. Since then Orthrelm has been very quiet "active though dormant for most of the time" as they put it. But they say there's still plans to resurrect and write.

Orthrelm Discography


Orthrelm 2nd 18/O4 Norildivoth Crallos-Lomrixth Urthiln (Album) Three One G (31G) US 2002 Sell This Version
Orthrelm / Touchdown (4) Orthrelm / Touchdown (4) - Split Troubleman Unlimited US 2002 Sell This Version
Orthrelm OV (Album) Ipecac Recordings US 2005 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Orthrelm Iorxhscimtor Tolotta Records US 2001 Sell This Version
Orthrelm Asristirveildrioxe (EP) Troubleman Unlimited US 2002 Sell This Version
Orthrelm Untitled Forge Records (2) US 2004 Sell This Version
Orthrelm / Behold... The Arctopus Orthrelm / Behold... The Arctopus - Orthrelm / Behold... The Arctopus (EP) Crucial Blast UK 2006 Sell This Version
v.2.2 Orthrelm 0-3(5", Single, Pin) Soft Targets v.2.2 US 2007 Sell This Version


ug42 Orthrelm Orthrelm(CD, Comp, RM) ugEXPLODE ug42 US 2010 Sell This Version


none Orthrelm Orthrelm I(CDr) Million Races none US 2001 Sell This Version
none Orthrelm Orthrelm II(CDr) Million Races none US 2001 Sell This Version
crucificados 016, AIR05, LIAB002, ATOM038, SUB017, SF013, TREE011 Orthrelm / Trencher Orthrelm / Trencher - Trans Atlantic Asthma Attack(5", Ltd, Lig) Crucificados Pelo Sistema, Action Index Records, Life In A Box, Speedowax Records, Subversiv Records, SuperFi Records, A Tree In A Field Records crucificados 016, AIR05, LIAB002, ATOM038, SUB017, SF013, TREE011 Europe 2005 Sell This Version
none Orthrelm Orthrelm II II(48xFile) Million Races none US 2012
none Orthrelm 20012(2xFile, FLAC) Not On Label (Orthelm Self-released) none US 2012


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May 11, 2015
edited over 2 years ago
At Last.
It's here.
Music that's as good as Good Music is s'pos'd to be.
"Ov" Live at the Bottom Of the Hill in Frisco: That Stage has held up some Goodness.
Zach Hill played with Mick Barr there; right at the same time Barr and I were coining this Alien Acid-Fried Speed Metal Athleticism on Moss street. Mick and Hill played Splatter that night. I should say Mick and Hill SPLATTER'D that night.
Splatter is to "Extreme Metal" (or Noise Core) as "Brutal Prog" is to Death Metal; Less Excluskiv. "Brutal Prog" COULD hav non-metallic properties, or it could be metallic, just as Heavy Metal is a kind of "Hard Rock". Splatter, like all good idiomatic slang that becomes eponymous, is a WAY OV PLAYING. Speed Metal is a KIND of Thrash. There's a lot mor Thrash than Speed Metal because Thrash is easier to play, it's blue collar, centric toward lower middle class and middle class. Speed Metal is Virtuostic Thrash and it is Speed Metal that introduced a mor elitist upper-middle class passing itself off as the Aristocracy and proving it with demanding writing, arrangement and performance. Speed Metal can be John Tesh Synthestration Schmaltz Terrible but when it's good, it really does rival the classics of classical chamber. This robust endurance-themed approach dendritically reached forth into both MALIGNANCY and ULVER's ONLY good album (2nd one AND the demo) and CRYPTOPSY's ONLY good album (2nd) and MORBID ANGEL's best one (2nd) but especially "Obscura" by GORGUTS which Really focussed unappologetikally on P.R.O.G., the byzantine songform olympics in which Canadians are gifted savants, the rigor of their apparent rehearsal and practice regimen being honed laser-like by the tunnel-vision white-out of their deadest winter.
Mutilated Mannequins played that stage at the Bottom ov the Hill in Frisco too.
They ain't got winter there, and frankly, that's usually bad for music.
I'm sorry but whoever criticized "Ov" thinks music should be LESS intreresting.
Fucking Elvis Costello Syndrome.

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