Orchid Extra tracks, Original recording reissued
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But listen more. The song is 13-minutes long. The band's apparent demeanor changes moods on a dime by dropping the heaviness for beautiful acoustic passages and softly sung vocal sections (this is done often). It's consistently very melodic. The lyrics are dark and romantic, not violent or Satanic. There's also the cover, with its nice pink flower. Quite a contrast from the blood-splattered, diabolic art of many bands in the metal section, eh? "What the--!?"
Few debut albums are written and recorded with such maturity and sophistication that they sound years beyond the incipient factors normally ascribed to a band's first release. Orchid is by far one of the most astonishing debut albums I've ever heard. The finesse and tightness embodying the band's progressive music this early in their careers is just unbelievable. I would have never guessed it was a debut if I hadn't known beforehand. I can't name many bands whose debut is this interesting...and even fewer whose debut is so original. The band has grown, obviously (their 2001 release Blackwater Park exemplifies their progress over the years), but this is still an astonishing release. Remember, it's a debut!Read more ›
First off, the disclaimer: This is not the best Opeth has to offer, and new fans may have a better time starting with Blackwater Park, or MAYH, as they are much more accessible and the production has drastically improved since this debut.
Now with that out of the way, Orchid is still probably one of the strongest debut offerings of the 1990's (and this was while America was still stuck neck-deep in alternacrap vomit).
The music here is slick, well arranged, and very progressive. Two guitars interweave throughout the album in intricate melodies, with the occasional death or thrash riff that will have any strong metal fans banging heads profusely. The bass is actually clear and strong in many places, a rare concept for a lot of heavier metal bands, and actually has a part in many of the melodies. And of course, the drumming is top notch, even if the double-bass tends to find its way into places it might have been better off left out of.
Mikael's clean vocals are convincing and clear, while his growls (and sometimes utterly chilling shrieks) give the music a definite mood and tone. The only real problem here is that the production was somewhat limiting on the total effect (this would improve greatly in later albums)
- Forest of October. Just listen to it already.
- Parts with dual lead guitar.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I got two different albums instead of the entire Orchid record.Published 4 months ago by Sebas Rojas
Great album overall. This CD includes the lyrics if you are wondering. The bad point is the bonus track, it sounds bad, but hey is a demoPublished 6 months ago by Gerardo
After listening to newer Opeth albums few years, I decided to buy an older one to see where they came from. This one is amazing. Read morePublished 10 months ago by J. Stern
Fast delivery for my husband. This is part of his Christmas list of rare CDs he's been looking for.Published 19 months ago by John Ohnysty
Very sophisticated for a debut album, the production isnt incredible but it adds to the atmosphere, the instrumentation however is incredible and sounds more like a band's 3rd or... Read morePublished 19 months ago by cc
I bought this before I discovered prog rock internet radio and knew what kind of prog I liked. Gonna be honest. I hardly listened past track 1. Read morePublished on April 6, 2014 by Kevin Finn
Love it, love it, love it!
One of my all time favorites, I just knew I had to get a physical copy, didn't care if it was the re-issue edition.
I don't normally like death growls but after listening to some Opeth I have learned to appreciate them. They are so much more than just a death/speed metal band, though. Read morePublished on December 27, 2013 by Max