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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 with Mick Barr on guitar and Josh Blair on drums, experimenting in many forms of unconventional songwriting styles and musical concepts in general.

The band's members have released a few notable and significant releases since Orthrelm's inception, with projects such as Crom-Tech and Barr's solo side-project Octis. For example, their 2002 release Asristir Vieldriox is 13 minutes long with a total of 99 songs, each one averaging between 5 and 15 seconds in length.[1] In contrast, the OV album features a single, 45-minute track based on extremely intense repetition, marrying the speed of grindcore and the repetition of 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.