Opeth - Orchid


8.4 | 1148 votes |
Release date: 15 May 1995
Style: Extreme progressive metal

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01. In Mist She Was Standing
02. Under The Weeping Moon
03. Silhouette
04. Forest Of October
05. The Twilight Is My Robe
06. Requiem
07. The Apostle In Triumph
08. Into The Frost Of Winter [2000 and 2003 re-release bonus]

Line-up
Mikael Åkerfeldt - vocals, guitars
Peter Lindgren - guitars
Anders Nordin - drums, piano, percussion
Johan DeFarfalla - bass, backing vocals

Additional info
Recorded at Unisound Recordings.
Produced by Opeth.
Engineered by Dan Swanö.
Mixed & produced by Opeth & Dan Swanö.
Photos by Torbjorn Ekebacke.
Layout by Opeth and Torbjorn Ekebacke.

Due to a mastering error half of "Requiem" track had been cut off and joined with the "The Apostle In Triumph".

In 2003, the album was re-released in a limited edition tin box.

The original Century Media pressing in the US had the band logo printed on the cover (much to the band's dismay).

Released by Candlelight as a 2xLP picture disc, limited to 2000 copies.

Guest review by
Kap'N Korrupt
Rating:
8.0
Opeth's debut album Orchid released in 1995 is a keeper. It isn't mentioned much by Opeth fans but it is certainly a lost treasure. New fans will stray from the album as more reviewers simply write the album off as being 'brutal' and 'sloppy' or 'solid death metal' as what I have read. The thing is that Orchid is just as diverse as Blackwater Park or their latest release, Ghost Reveries. Presented in Orchid is what will become of Opeth on a grand scale: brutal, melodic, acoustic, alternative, emotional and heartfelt by placing melodic death metal alongside acoustic and clean electric guitar rock.

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published 17.08.2006 | Comments (33)

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15.12.2010 - 01:29
Rating: 8
Deathcycle
Truly an underrated classic...
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21.05.2011 - 15:09
Rating: 6
Jeeers
Truly boring album.
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22.05.2011 - 17:16
Bekolata
Truly a masterpiece.
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27.05.2011 - 01:56
Rating: 10
SATANSCHAMBER666
Brilliant Album
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05.07.2011 - 14:22
Rating: 10
Metal_4Ever
Masterpiece.. \oo/
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23.11.2011 - 19:59
Rating: 7
Regolith
Although a loose and experimental sounding album Orchid is definately Opeth. Being a drummer I can't help but say that the lack of creative drum parts takes a tic off the rating, but the overall feel is still an Opthian atmosphere. 'Forest of October' is my personal favorite.
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28.12.2011 - 04:01
Rating: 9
ThunderAxe1989
Irreligious
One of my alltime favourites of Opeth's!
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16.01.2012 - 22:26
Rating: 8
musicalkaratekid
Very underrated, but at the same time i can understand why. 'Under the weeping moon' and 'The twilight is my robe', whilst both seemingly well structured songs, falter because of their length:the mid-section of the former becomes too repetitive , whereas the first and last part of the same song is incredible. The latter starts off boring, but eventually becomes a great song in its own right. Apart from that, this album is solid, just as the rest of the band's discography.
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03.02.2012 - 17:35
Alex F
Slick Dick Rick
Best opeth album
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01.03.2012 - 20:54
Rating: 10
Pelagial
Very good start for this band
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04.03.2012 - 21:37
Korah
One of the best debut album ever with no contest.
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Don't cry for my English
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10.06.2012 - 01:16
Rating: 8
Dentura
Shadow King
Very good album and for a debut album, it already showed a young band with much to offer to the metal world.
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...And so death to the falsity of thy former rulers. Thy kingdom of "heaven" burns in a field of fire, and Dentura is the one true God thou must yield thy hearts and souls to in absolute submission. It is his ultimate decree and will unto thee..
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10.06.2012 - 18:16
Illog1cal
Account deleted
They were young and in-experienced at the time. Its a solid effort though and it shows that they knew what they were doing, however from the listeners perspective its not that interesting, I was almost falling asleep for some of it.
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09.11.2012 - 22:15
Rating: 9
Erik M.
Brilliant album. One of their best albums for sure (check out my list if you're interested). Despite the relatively bad production, it remains a masterpiece.
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16.11.2012 - 14:55
Rating: 6
Kuroboshi
I agree with Illog1cal. It's schizophrenic.

And, it's such a shame with The Apostle in Triumph... For me, it's the best song of the album, but it could have been so much more killer! I mean, that outstanding intro (!) just fades out and is totally forgotten...
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04.03.2013 - 13:37
Rating: 8
Jaeryd
Desert Mouse
Written by Kuroboshi on 16.11.2012 at 14:55

I agree with Illog1cal. It's schizophrenic.

And, it's such a shame with The Apostle in Triumph... For me, it's the best song of the album, but it could have been so much more killer! I mean, that outstanding intro (!) just fades out and is totally forgotten...

"Due to a mastering error half of "Requiem" track had been cut off and joined with the "The Apostle In Triumph""

I'm not sure what the source of that is from, but if you look up at the album info, you can see what I just quoted.

So really, The Apostle In Triumph is supposed to start at about the 1:30 mark, not before. Someone fucked up real bad.
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"It is not your sin—it is your self-satisfaction that crieth unto heaven; your very sparingness in sin crieth unto heaven!

Where is the lightning to lick you with its tongue? Where is the frenzy with which ye should be inoculated?"

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09.05.2013 - 19:34
Rating: 7
Dzidziafon
Nice debut album but... tunes are too long and lack of ideas. Much form, less content.
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23.07.2013 - 17:53
Rating: 9
Vasil de Shumen
tolerant
Written by Dzidziafon on 09.05.2013 at 19:34

...tunes are too long and lack of ideas. Much form, less content.


I disagree.
This record is a masterpiece and vastly better than most of Opeth albums (except "Morningrise" and "Blackwater Park"). I think the songs are perfectly composed and brilliant recorded (Dan Swanö is genial sound engineer). For me "Orchid" and "Morningrise" are really albums on a band, while the other records sounding like a solo projects by Mikael (especially after 2002).
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23.07.2013 - 18:08
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Can't say I agree with any of that tbh. The only albums that give me any "solo" feeling is probably Damnationa nd the latest. That's not an issue though as long as the music is good (which can't be said about Heritage). About this record, it's good... But everything from Morningrise up to and including Blackwater Park you tramps over it.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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23.07.2013 - 18:41
Rating: 9
Vasil de Shumen
tolerant
Written by Mr. Doctor on 23.07.2013 at 18:08

Can't say I agree with any of that tbh. The only albums that give me any "solo" feeling is probably Damnationa nd the latest. That's not an issue though as long as the music is good (which can't be said about Heritage). About this record, it's good... But everything from Morningrise up to and including Blackwater Park you tramps over it.


I said: "sounding like a solo projects by Mikael (especially after 2002)"

When I listen to "Ghost Reveries", "Watershed" and "Heritage", I really have a feeling that Mikael is composer on 80% of the music, while the other musicians seems to be limited to carrying out his ideas.
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16.10.2013 - 13:18
Rating: 7
LeKiwi
High Fist Prog
Listening to this again and it's not how I remember it at all. It seems far more progressive than my initial impression led me to believe...good stuff
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18.03.2014 - 02:25
Rating: 7
Paw!!
Masterpice Album
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31.03.2014 - 23:00
Rating: 9
The Hammer33
The Apostle in Triumph is one of my favourite Opeth tracks' (and they are my favourite band). I can listen to that song over and over all day...
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02.05.2014 - 22:46
Rating: 7
Paw!!
OPETH-Orchid. Well I love all tracks
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01.03.2015 - 14:46
Rating: 10
metalfan1999
Epic!
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04.03.2015 - 22:38
Rating: 7
Bad English
Masterchief
Funny but in some way band started as Swedish death metal but never recordet anything
Try Into The Frost Of Winter [2000 and 2003 re-release bonus] sounds as DM to me

Mind-blowing band 1th song, 1th rhythm , 1th tune and I am blown away, I was and I will be ''In Mist She Was Standing''
Great song, great album, I almost forgot how great this band once was , not only musically, but all around the band, lyrics, atmosphere and so on ... if Mikael Åkerfelt would not joun, this band might be one of forgotten death metal bands from Stockholm, but it took it in progressive way , well I know, we all who has listened this band from a till z know it, each album is more less ''progressive'' what means softer
I like those heavy parts mix what acoustic and clean cam vocal singing --- Still Life, Backwater Park ... in some way its sorrows
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Life is to short for LOVE, there is many great things to do online !!!

Stormtroopers of Death - ''Speak English or Die''

I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
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27.10.2015 - 09:01
Rating: 7
Dima
For a crew of ~21 year olds they really outdid themselves with this one but it's not perfect. Their struggle to mesh sections of material into one cohesive song protrudes like an ugly duckling. Couple that with sheer length of this album and you got a record where a lot of the quality is dampened by the quantity. 'Silhouette' adds nothing to the album but I digress. They provided us with a riff laden palette of things to come.
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06.03.2016 - 16:48
panoskiosses
How many versions came out in this album on vinyl ?
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19.04.2017 - 23:26
Rating: 10
anathema_1977
Masterpiece. One of their best albums.
I can enjoy all songs here.
And every minute of each track is totally justified.
The twilight is my robe is the killer track for me.
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