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Orchid Extra tracks, Original recording reissued

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ORCHID

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. In Mist She Was Standing
  2. Under The Weeping Moon
  3. Silhouette
  4. Forest Of October
  5. The Twilight Is My Robe
  6. Requiem
  7. The Apostle In Triumph
  8. Into The Frost Of Winter (Bonus Track)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 1, 2015)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2015
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording reissued
  • Label: CANDLELIGHT RECORDS
  • ASIN: B00009W8N2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,419 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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When I first heard Opeth, I was mystified. The single, clear thought that swam through my head was, "What the--!?" "In the Mist She was Standing," the first track on the debut Orchid, explains my reaction. Glorious but heavy guitars (care of Mikael Akerfeldt and Peter Lindgren), a deft & tuneful bass accompaniment (Johan de Farfalla), the complex drumming (Anders Nordin), and the fierce growls and enigmatic poetry (again, Akerfeldt) makes it all seem like ordinary death/black metal. Strikingly melodic, yes. Intense, definitely. Poetic, of course. But otherwise conventional.
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!
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Orchid is an amazing and successful debut, but should not have been unexpected considering the brilliance and maturity of Opeth. At this point Opeth came out of nowhere: no demos were needed to sign this band to Candlelight. All that was needed was a rehearsal tape. This release shows why. I never would have guessed that this was a debut album. The songs are complex and mature, the melodies are well thought out and emotional, and the production is flawless. This description ultimately doesn't do justice to the music, though. As many people say, you need to hear an Opeth album to believe it. This is my second favorite Opeth album, after the new "Still Life". The albums are years apart and really have no business being compared to each other, so I won't. Orchid strikes out against two increasingly sterile and bland genres: death metal and black metal. Many say it is a combination of the two, but it isn't. The sound is simply reminiscent of the two genres. The guitars are beautifully harmonious and clear, utilizing a "black metal sound", but really have nothing to do with black metal. Some parts of the songs use the fast, but technical aspect of death metal, but again, in no way represent death metal itself. Opeth define their own genre here, and revel in it. The music soars with delight sometimes, and at others is simply depressing. They are masters of achieving emotion through music and lyrics. It's hard to know if you're going to like this album. I've noticed that most, if not all fans of Opeth avoid trends and popular bands. If you're that type of person and you enjoy acousic guitar, black/death metal, and have an open mind, I'd suggest trying this album out. It's the beginning of an incredible band, and at the same time a testament to their genius.
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If you're reading this review, chances are you already know that Orchid is an amazing album. You probably even own a copy already, and just want to know if it is worth the extra money to have the one bonus track that is on this reissue. The answer, sadly, is no. The bonus track, Into the Frost of Winter, is a basically a poor quality demo recording of a song that was later incorporated into the Morningrise album. It really doesn't add anything to the album. In fact, it almost takes away from the brilliant work that is Orchid. If I were to review the regular edition of the album I would give it 5 stars easily. Because of the poor quality of the bonus track, and the high price of the reissue, I am rating this edition at 4 stars. I would recommend it only to those people (like me) who are completists and have to own every single Opeth song.
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I wish I'd have listened, way back when, as one of my high school friends went on and on about this new band from Sweden that no one knew about. I didn't, and it was 4 years later, with the release of My Arms, Your Hearse, that I got to know the wonder that is Opeth. Of course, I was immediately compelled to pursue the back-catalogue, and find this jewel in the rough.

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)

The good:

- Forest of October. Just listen to it already.

- Parts with dual lead guitar.
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