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With Orchid’s second studio album, the Bay Area doom-metal group dials down the Black Sabbath worship that dominated its preceding recordings. The Mouths of Madness finds the San Francisco quartet coming more into its own sonance and style while retaining the classic early-'70s hard-rock trappings synonymous with Ozzy and company. Right from the opening title track, singer Theo Mindell’s voice takes on a higher register as he sings and howls complex melodies previously uncharted. “Marching Dogs of War” follows, with fuzz-coated guitar riffs more informed by Pentagram’s Vincent McAllister than Tony Iommi. But anyone still craving Orchid's bellbottomed attack on the Sabbath sound will find it in the seven-minute and 25-second epic “Silent One,” which grooves forebodingly with shadowy lyrics and knowing nods to 1973’s Sabbath Bloody Sabbath. Check out Mark Baker’s versatile guitar work here; he seamlessly segues from towering Orange amplifier growls and hairy leads to more progressive parts that take cues from early Deep Purple. “Nomad” recalls Pink Floyd’s heavy soundtrack to the 1969 film More.

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Why the Ghost Hatred Ray B?

I happen to really like Orchid--a lot. I also happen to really like Ghost--a lot. Two COMPLETELY different bands. One band, Orchid, are proud descendants of the Black Sabbath school of thought when it comes to doom/stoner/fuzz rock. They do it really well, too. The other band, Ghost, is NOTHING like this, rather, a theatrical hard rock, tongue-in-cheek "satanic" band who clearly love Blue Oyster Cult and Mercyful Fate. If you don't like Ghost, that's fine. They're not for everybody. No band is, right? For those who love really catchy riff rock with clear vocals and that creepy 70s vibe sound, you'd probably enjoy Ghost. if you have a sense of humor and love hard rock with a high dose of theatrics, then you'll love Ghost. Orchid have nothing to do with this kind of vibe or even sound, really. Both are really good bands who have a love of 70s rock in common, but that's about it. I say, enjoy them both.

A Breath of Fresh Air

If you're a fan of early Black Sabbath, the first three albums, then you'll like Orchid. I just recently discovered this band by accident. I was pumped to see they had a new album out. I immediately bought it. All I can say is it's fantastic!

Great Album!

Great album! Now time for Kadavar, Black Sabbath and Cosmic Rust to release a new album!


Formed: 2007 in San Francisco , CA

Genre: Metal

Years Active: '00s, '10s

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,...
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