Formed in 2007 in San Francisco, hard rockers Orchid have been referred to being “more Sabbath than Sabbath themselves.” Yes, Orchid take a lot of the musical tricks forged by the heavy metal forefathers, Black Sabbath. However, they also draw heavy influences from Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd. Furthermore, that statement is almost blasphemous as all of these retro bands would not be around if not for Sabbath. Perhaps, it may be somewhat forgivable if the term “modern-day” was included in referring to the band in question. That should be expected, though, seeing how the Sabs are all in their 60’s while Orchid are still young and fresh.
Anyway, this article is supposed to be about Orchid, not Black Sabbath. While guitarist Mark Thomas Baker may play riffs heavily inspired by the great Tony Iommi, he does it with flying colors. Keith Nickel and Carter Kennedy sound like Geezer Butler and Bill Ward, respectively. Theo Mindell sounds like a grittier, young Ozzy Osbourne with a much wider vocal range and with more vocal melodies incorporated into each song.
While they may currently sit in the shadows of the retro-Sabbath band category, it will not be for much longer. With the recent release of their second full-length album, The Mouths Of Madness, Orchid are sure to continue their march toward the frontlines of the doom metal scene. The band has yet to disappoint anyone, new and long-time listeners alike, with a release.
Fans of Black Sabbath, Saint Vitus, Electric Wizard, etc. need to check Orchid out. Five focus tracks are “Wizard Of War,” “Mouths of Madness,” “He Who Walks Alone,” “Heretic,” and “Into The Sun.” Honestly, though, every single one of their songs is worth checking out if you like this kind of music.
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