Orthrelm

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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.
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Albums

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

Singles & EPs

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

Compilations

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

Miscellaneous

none Orthrelm - Orthrelm I album art Orthrelm Orthrelm I(CDr) Million Races none US 2001 Sell This Version
none Orthrelm - Orthrelm II album art Orthrelm Orthrelm II(CDr) Million Races none US 2001 Sell This Version
crucificados 016, AIR05, LIAB002, ATOM038, SUB017, SF013, TREE011 Orthrelm - Trans Atlantic Asthma Attack album art 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 album art Orthrelm Orthrelm II II(48xFile) Million Races none US 2012
none Orthrelm - 20012 album art Orthrelm 20012(2xFile, FLAC) Not On Label (Orthelm Self-released) none US 2012