Opeth - Orchid


8.4 | 1380 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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13.07.2020 - 00:58
Rating: 9
Mr.Self.Destruct

Great first album from Opeth. Things only got better from here for the Prog Metal Masters though.
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13.07.2020 - 23:08
Rating: 10
Redel

Written by Mr.Self.Destruct on 13.07.2020 at 00:58

Things only got better from here for the Prog Metal Masters though.



That is somewhat debateable I would say.
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22.07.2020 - 06:05
Rating: 9
Mr.Self.Destruct

Written by Redel on 13.07.2020 at 23:08

Written by Mr.Self.Destruct on 13.07.2020 at 00:58

Things only got better from here for the Prog Metal Masters though.



That is somewhat debateable I would say.

I mean I feel like almost every release up until Heritage got better in some form or another.
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22.07.2020 - 23:07
Rating: 10
Redel

Written by Mr.Self.Destruct on 22.07.2020 at 06:05

I mean I feel like almost every release up until Heritage got better in some form or another.

Ok, you are entitled to this opinion. I disagree, but that is my opinion only, firstly.
I was LOLing at your initial post because to me it reads as if you are claiming that each and every of their albums, including those after Heritage, is better than the debut. And I am pretty sure that many people would disagree with this claim.
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23.07.2020 - 01:42
Rating: 9
Mr.Self.Destruct

Written by Redel on 22.07.2020 at 23:07

Ok, you are entitled to this opinion. I disagree, but that is my opinion only, firstly.
I was LOLing at your initial post because to me it reads as if you are claiming that each and every of their albums, including those after Heritage, is better than the debut. And I am pretty sure that many people would disagree with this claim.

Yeah I definitely could have worded my initial post better. Love the first record but my favorites are still Blackwater Park, Still Life, and Morningrise.
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06.09.2020 - 20:42
Troy Killjoy
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At times brilliant, other times meandering. And a little bloated, considering the content. First time I listened to this since my early 20s and my opinion of it is exactly the same. I suppose some things stay the same regardless of the passage of time.
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07.09.2020 - 01:40
Rating: 7
Starvynth
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Same opinion, same rating...

1995 has been such a great year for metal and whenever I listen to Orchid, it just makes me appreciate Slaughter Of The Soul, Solar Lovers, The Gallery, Storm Of The Light's Bane, Wolfheart, Amok and The Angel And The Dark River a little bit more each time.
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16.03.2021 - 14:42
Rating: 8
tsd

Written by Starvynth on 07.09.2020 at 01:40

Same opinion, same rating...

1995 has been such a great year for metal and whenever I listen to Orchid, it just makes me appreciate Slaughter Of The Soul, Solar Lovers, The Gallery, Storm Of The Light's Bane, Wolfheart, Amok and The Angel And The Dark River a little bit more each time.

Precisely, the mid 90s were excellent for metal. Things only started going downhill by 00s and at the turn of the century.

Orchid is a diamond in the rough, while not perfect it already displays the band's compelling idiosyncracies. I've had the pleasure to enjoy it at a bonfire high in the mountains. Opeth's debut was honest and to the point.
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