4 Songs, 15 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

San Francisco (by way of San Rafael) proto-metal band Orchid has flawlessly tapped into the early-'70s vein of doomy occult rock akin to Pentagram and Black Sabbath, with nary a modern-day anachronism. From the vintage guitar tones to lead singer Theo Mindell’s high-wailing vocal register and a hard-driving rhythm section, it’s hard to believe that Orchid didn’t hatch its debut 2009 EP, Through the Devil’s Doorway, back in 1971. “Into the Sun” opens with what could only be a vintage Gibson guitar blasting through either a vintage Marshall Plexi or a similarly hulking Orange amplifier, as Mindell croons with wicked inflections recalling a young Bobby Liebling. “Eastern Woman” opens with droney, Eastern-influenced tones before Mark Thomas Baker hammers out some chugging Sabbath-esque riffs. “Son of Misery” follows, with more doomy dirge tones rumbling from bass player Keith Nickel while Mindell sings through murky “Planet Caravan” effects to make for a song that sounds like an appreciative nod to bygone Australian hard rockers Buffalo.

EDITORS’ NOTES

San Francisco (by way of San Rafael) proto-metal band Orchid has flawlessly tapped into the early-'70s vein of doomy occult rock akin to Pentagram and Black Sabbath, with nary a modern-day anachronism. From the vintage guitar tones to lead singer Theo Mindell’s high-wailing vocal register and a hard-driving rhythm section, it’s hard to believe that Orchid didn’t hatch its debut 2009 EP, Through the Devil’s Doorway, back in 1971. “Into the Sun” opens with what could only be a vintage Gibson guitar blasting through either a vintage Marshall Plexi or a similarly hulking Orange amplifier, as Mindell croons with wicked inflections recalling a young Bobby Liebling. “Eastern Woman” opens with droney, Eastern-influenced tones before Mark Thomas Baker hammers out some chugging Sabbath-esque riffs. “Son of Misery” follows, with more doomy dirge tones rumbling from bass player Keith Nickel while Mindell sings through murky “Planet Caravan” effects to make for a song that sounds like an appreciative nod to bygone Australian hard rockers Buffalo.

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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
  • GENRE
    Metal
  • FORMED
    2007

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