Orion (album)

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Studio album by Ryan Adams
Released May 18, 2010
Recorded Electric Lady Studios, New York City
Genre Heavy metal, hard rock
Label PAX AM
Producer Jamie Candiloro
Ryan Adams chronology
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Beats Per Minute 65%[1]
Consequence of Sound 3/5 stars[2]

Orion is the 11th studio album by singer-songwriter Ryan Adams, released on May 18, 2010, on Adams' own record label PAX AM. Described as Adams' first "fully-realized sci-fi metal concept album,"[3] Orion was released on a limited vinyl run, and could only be purchased from the PAX AM online store. There are no plans for a wide release, but as of November 4, 2010, Adams' new site paxamrecords.com is offering a standard edition vinyl[4] that will also include the download card of the entire album. Those who purchased the album in its limited run also received a bonus 7" single.

The album was recorded in 2006, while working on Easy Tiger with producer Jamie Candiloro,[5] and is Adams' first full-length album release since splitting from The Cardinals in March 2009.

Orion's artwork was designed by Michel Langevin of Voivod.[6]


On the popular Ryan Adams forum, Ryan Adams Archive, Adams posted the following regarding Orion's stylistic influences:[7]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Signal Fade" 2:49
2. "Imminent Galactic War" 1:49
3. "Disappyramid" 2:13
4. "Fire Away" 1:02
5. "Defenders of the Galaxy" 1:36
6. "Fire and Ice" 3:49
7. "By Force" 2:35
8. "Ghorgon, Master of War" 2:33
9. "Ariel" 1:52
10. "Electro Snake" 1:44
11. "Victims of the Ice Brigade" 2:06
12. "2,000 Ships" 1:48
13. "End of Days" 2:26

Limited First Release Bonus 7"
No. Title Length
1. "Valhalla" 2:08
2. "Crossing Foggy Mountains" 0:53



  1. ^ Beats Per Minute review
  2. ^ Consequence of Sound review
  3. ^ [1] Archived May 22, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "PAX•AM Records \ Orion Vinyl". Store.paxamrecords.com. Retrieved 2011-08-06. 
  5. ^ "Orion Recording". Ryan Adams Archive. Retrieved 2011-08-06. 
  6. ^ Young, Alex (2010-05-18). "Ryan Adams releases Orion". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 2010-05-18. 
  7. ^ "Orion on sale!! Go quickly! - Page 46". Ryan Adams Archive. Retrieved 2011-08-06.