The band hails from Paris, France, something I already suspected when I heard the album for the first time, before actually reading the biography. Since I've started this website, I really started to understand why there is something as 'French metal'. I can't explain exactly what it means of what the difference between bands from this country and bands from other countries is. The vocals perhaps, even if they are English. There is just something different about them.
Yet, different doesn't mean bad. If you're in for a decent sonic pounding, you should check this out. The band members seem to be rooted in hardcore, heavy metal, metalcore and progressive rock, which almost guarantees a solid sound. The result is something between Disturbed, Pantera, Korn, Five Finger Death Punch and Machine Head. I know, it might not be an easy combination to imagine but it sure is powerful, melodic and damn well suited for a brutal headbanging session.
The majority of the songs are quite slow to mid-tempo, contain brisk, strong riffs and a growling voice (something between Entombed, Gorefest and Hatebreed). On some occasions, clean, melodic vocals appear, giving the whole an extra touch of melody. Yet, Order Of 315 don't shun a bit of uptempo punkrock in their oeuvre, resulting in some highly energetic sonic blasts. So as far as variation is concerned, this album is more than ok. My personal highlights are 'The Feather Factor' and 'Densen'.
The verdict: to be honest, this is not specifically my cup of tea since I don't consider myself a hardcore/metalcore fan. Yet, I've heard several albums in this genre before and 'Antipi' certainly fits in with them. I'm sure that metalcore fans can easily trust Order Of 315 to come up with something awesome, tight and massive and that's exactly what they did. So open the moshpits and bring on the stagedivers. I'll sit this one through with a smile on my face and a horned fist raised high in the air.