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|Origin||Arnsberg, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany|
|Genres||Power metal, folk metal, heavy metal|
|Associated acts||Suidakra, Nüpfelgard, Solar Fragment, Absence, Duke, Nogge, Adam's Fall, Meilenstein|
Orden Ogan is a German power metal band with progressive and folk metal elements. The band was formed in 1996 by Sebastian Grütling (drums) and Sebastian Levermann (lead vocals and guitar). They currently have 3 demo albums and 4 studio albums and are signed with AFM Records.
Founded in June 1996 as Tanzende Aingewaide, the band was renamed Orden Ogan in 1997. Orden Ogan means "The Order of Fear," Orden being the German word for Order, and Ogan being the Old Celtic word for Fear. They released 3 Demotapes: Into Oblivion (1998), Soli Deo Gloria (1999), and Testimonium A.D.
The band considers its history to begin in 2008 with the release of their first studio album, Vale, which was released via Yonah Records in Germany, and met with acclaim by the European press. The German magazine, Rock Hard Magazine, called the band "the one and only legitimate Blind Guardian successor". Vale was later released in Brazil and Japan in 2009. Vale is also the first of the band's albums to feature their mascot Alister Vale. The cover art on all of the band's studio albums are done by Andreas Marschall, who has also done cover art for bands such as Blind guardian. The band's songs may also include deeper meaning, but all studio albums include the loose concept of the story of their mascot Alister Vale, an immortal who is cursed and has to move on and on, but everything he leaves decays behind him. Orden Ogan participated in over 50 shows in 2008, with festivals such as Rock am Ring (Ger, Hi8 stage), Metal Healing in Greece, Germany's Rock Harz, and the Metal Camp in Slovenia.
In 2010, Orden Ogan released their second studio album, Easton Hope, with their current label AFM Records. Following the release, Orden Ogan did their first European tour supporting Tiamat.
Following a lineup change in 2011, Orden Ogan returned in 2012 album with their third studio album, To The End, which peaked at #41 on the German charts. The album's first single, The Things we Believe in, has reached over 3 million YouTube views as of 2017.
In 2013, it was announced that the band would play in the United States for the first time in 2014, participating in the legendary power-progressive music festival, ProgPower USA XV. The band was also included in Wacken Open Air, Made of Metal Festival in the Czech Republic, and went on tour with Rhapsody and Freedom Call. They also toured Europe in January/February 2015 with Hammerfall and Serious Black.
In 2014, Orden Ogan frontman, Sebastian "Seeb" Levermann founded Greenman Studio, where he now mixes the audio for Orden Ogan. Greenman Studio has also mixed for the band Rhapsody of Fire.
In 2015, Orden Ogan released their fourth studio album, Ravenhead, which peaked at #16 on the German charts, and #56 on the Swiss charts.
Orden Ogan recently announced that their fifth studio album, Gunmen, will be released on July 7th, 2017. On May 19th, 2017, Orden Ogan posted the music video for their new album's first single, Gunman, to YouTube.
- 1998 - Into Oblivion Demo
- 1999 - Soli Deo Gloria Demo
- 2004 - Testimonium A.D. Demo
- 2008 - Vale
- 2010 - Easton Hope
- 2012 - To the End
- 2015 - Ravenhead
- 2016 - The Book of Ogan
- 2017 - Gunmen