Truth be told, I liked ORCHID before they were widely compared to the almighty BLACK SABBATH by just about everyone (including the metal institution called Nergal (BEHEMOTH) who reportedly advised those very same pioneers of heavy metal to “do an album like ‘The Mouth Of Madness’”), for they once offered a worthy advise. They said:
“Hide your blonde, fair-eyed daughters, let them cower with our sons. Hide your precious live stock for we shall slaughter them all and spit their blood at your tall white gates. For we recognize ourselves as the sons of the new dawn, the thorn in the heel of hypocrisy, the seeds of cancer in the bloated bellies of the rich.”
And I liked their music too, of course. Besides, they are a hard working and dedicated band, passionate about their craft. ORCHID's latest LP is out now in Europe, April 26th, 2013, on Nuclear Blast Records. ‘The Mouth Of Madness’ can be enjoyed in its witchy & doomy entirety here (Metal Hammer UK), and should be bought here (Nuclear Blast store) or via Amazon immediately (soon to be found on iTunes)! The album will see its UK release on April 29th and will be issued in North America on May 14th, 2013.
Formed in 2007 in San Francisco, USA, ORCHID don’t just write, play, record and perform their dark and heavy music, they “craft an entire experience”, eying the likes of BLACK SABBATH, LED ZEPPELIN and PINK FLOYD for inspiration. In 2009, the band signed with The Church Within Records and released their debut 4-track ‘Through The Devil's Doorway’ EP shortly thereafter:
ORCHID's first proper album, ‘Capricorn’, followed in 2011. Described as “faithful yet adventurous album of reinvented retro rock, a cauldron of infectious songs effortlessly brewed with that classic sound which seems so elusive to other bands”, ‘Capricorn’ caught the ear of the Nuclear Blast Records folks who had signed ORCHID upon their return from their first European tour:
Next came ‘Heretic’ 10” vinyl EP in 2012, followed by ‘Wizard Of War’ 10” vinyl EP in 2013. Rock Hard Germany chief editor Gotz Künemund consequently proclaimed ORCHID “the coolest band in many years” and their album ‘Capricorn’ “a stroke of genius”:
ORCHID features: Theo Mindell – vocals, Carter Kennedy – drums, Mark Thomas Baker – guitar and Keith Nickel – bass