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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.

Customer Reviews


Reminds me of old Sabbath! Wicked guitar sound, awesome vocals and some spectacular drumming! I bought this CD before it was on Itunes but I am glad it will be easier for others to find now. I love this new band! I am glad rock is not dead! I hope these guys go on to great things because we need good rock like this again!

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I picked up this album a couple of months ago and completely forgot that I bought it. Well, it came up today on the shuffle and I was blown away. These guys really captured the sound of old Black Sabbath, but do it their own way. Very cool.


Shadows of darkness have fallen, "ORCHID" is upon us!!! \m/


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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Through the Devil's Doorway - EP, Orchid
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  • $3.96
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: Dec 11, 2009

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