3 Songs, 19 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Although Marin, Calif., has always been home to period-correct retro-rockers, none have come close to capturing the early Black Sabbath sound and look like Orchid. The 2012 Heretic EP is Orchid’s first recording for Nuclear Blast. It opens with a sampled soundbite from a '60s occult movie before the unmistakable ear-bludgeoning distortion of an Orange amplifier cranks out Tony Iommi–inspired riffs courtesy of guitarist Mark Baker. And even when frontman Theo Mindell sings “Oh yeah!” and “Alright!” off-mic, he can’t help but channel early-'70s Ozzy. The band counters such nods to doom-metal pioneers with original melodies and other non-Sabbath instrumentation, like a grinding Hammond B-3 organ. “Falling Away” is a giant step in the band’s own interpretation of proto-metal. It starts with Mindell crooning foreboding lyrics over acoustic fingerpicking that segues between folk and Spanish guitar before detonating into a power-sludge ending. It’s hard to tell if “Saviours of the Blind” is a jab at the Oakland metal band Saviours, but either way the song rocks like a seven-and-a-half-minute reinvention of “Into the Void."

EDITORS’ NOTES

Although Marin, Calif., has always been home to period-correct retro-rockers, none have come close to capturing the early Black Sabbath sound and look like Orchid. The 2012 Heretic EP is Orchid’s first recording for Nuclear Blast. It opens with a sampled soundbite from a '60s occult movie before the unmistakable ear-bludgeoning distortion of an Orange amplifier cranks out Tony Iommi–inspired riffs courtesy of guitarist Mark Baker. And even when frontman Theo Mindell sings “Oh yeah!” and “Alright!” off-mic, he can’t help but channel early-'70s Ozzy. The band counters such nods to doom-metal pioneers with original melodies and other non-Sabbath instrumentation, like a grinding Hammond B-3 organ. “Falling Away” is a giant step in the band’s own interpretation of proto-metal. It starts with Mindell crooning foreboding lyrics over acoustic fingerpicking that segues between folk and Spanish guitar before detonating into a power-sludge ending. It’s hard to tell if “Saviours of the Blind” is a jab at the Oakland metal band Saviours, but either way the song rocks like a seven-and-a-half-minute reinvention of “Into the Void."

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4.6 out of 5

17 Ratings

17 Ratings

So good.

nowdsa,

Awesome EP. Can't wait for their upcoming full length!

This is great!

Sabotage1,

Can't wait for the full length!!! Good year for new music from Witchcraft, Cosmic Rust, Nitro-Sage, Viking Skull and others!

Great doom/stoner metal band with more great songs!

StormLoverSwin93,

Over the last couple years, I have picked up and explored different styles of music, metal being one of them including its sub-genres. Though I must say doom metal has become one of the favorites in my latest music collection on my iPod, and somehow every single one of Orchid's EPs or albums, "Through the Devil's Doorway," "Capricorn," "Wizard of War," as well as their new singles make their way into my collection each time.

I love this band and their classic post-1970's Black Sabbath and Saint Vitus vibe with that hint of psychedlic twist and fuzz. In Heretic, there is yet again another awesome set of songs from these guys! Their singer Theo Mendell has some really cool vocals, too. If you love bands that have their own distinct sound and kick mainstream music's tush, you need to scope these guys out, now. Orchid is one of my bands in the metal playlist on my iPod.

About Orchid

Formed in San Francisco in 2007, Orchid are a doom band channeling the classic bluesy doom of metal titans Black Sabbath. Orchid made their full-length debut in 2011 with Capricorn before signing on with German metal label Nuclear Blast, where they released their sophomore effort, The Mouths of Madness, in 2013.

  • ORIGIN
    San Francisco , CA
  • FORMED
    2007

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