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Origin Washington, D.C., United States
Genres Avant-garde rock, math rock, avant-garde metal, technical metal, experimental
Years active 2000–present
Labels Ipecac, Three One G, Troubleman Unlimited, Tolotta, Crucial Blast
Website www.orthrelm.com
Members Mick Barr
Josh Blair

Orthrelm is an American avant-garde band from Washington, D.C..


Orthrelm is a duo composed of Mick Barr on guitar and Josh Blair on drums. Their songwriting style is mostly experimental, and shows the influence of avant-garde music as well as shred guitar and minimalism.

As Orthrelm, Blair and Barr have become known for releasing albums that are very unconventional in both style and structure. For example, 2002's Asristir Vieldriox is 13 minutes long, but has a total of 99 songs (each of which averages between 5 and 15 seconds in length).[1] In contrast, 2005's OV album features a single, 45-minute track based on intense repetition that is similar to Terry Riley's brand of minimalism. The band were chosen by Animal Collective to perform at the All Tomorrow's Parties festival in May 2011.[2]




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  1. ^ Official Orthrelm website, as of July 13, 2007
  2. ^ "ATP: All Tomorrow's Parties". Atpfestival.com. Retrieved 2012-02-28.