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Review: Opeth - Orchid

Label: Century Media Records
Year released: 1994
Duration: 65:25
Tracks: 7
Genre: Progressive Metal


Review online: July 15, 2001
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
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Rated 3.48/5 (69.52%) (42 Votes)

This is my fifth and final stop on the freight train that is the back catalogue for one of the amazing bands that I have ever had the good fortune to hear. As I mentioned in a previous review the first album from them that I purchased was "Blackwater Park" and after being completely and utterly blown away I sprinted to the computer and quickly ordered the remaining albums from their past.

Going through the entire catalogue thus far I have yet to be disappointed in any of their releases and "Orchid" is no exception. This is another incredible album filled to overflowing with incredible songs and brilliant guitar work. I have come to the conclusion that Mikael Akerfeldt is not human. It is just impossible for one mortal human to have this amount of talent. One of the main things that struck me while listening to this album is the fact that I cant believe this is a debut album considering the depth and emotion displayed throughout every song on this disc. It just goes to show the massive amount of ability this band has. If you have read my other reviews of Opeth albums you can just go ahead and take all the unadulterated ass-kissing comments and adjectives I have used previously and just add them in the space provided.

I am still dumbfounded by the fact that I didn't hear about this band until roughly five months ago. Going through the history of Opeth and all their releases has definitely turned me into a hardcore fan as well as made them my favorite band.

Overall I would say do yourself a favor and buy the entire catalogue from this band. I can guarantee you will not be disappointed.

Track by track

In Mist She Was Standing-9.5
Under the Weeping Moon-10
Forest of October-10
The Twilight is my Robe-9
The Apostle of Triumph-9

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