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Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

3.28 | 758 ratings

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3 stars Not so prog, yet so true!

I want to preface my review with an announcement which is necessary to understand my rating of this album. I write this humble opinion from a progressive rock point of view. From "normal" point of view I would give it 4 stars. Why? Well, the answer is very easy. It's an outstanding album, ambitious, original and beautiful in a way. But it's not... excessively progressive .

ORCHID is an ambitious death/black metal with dark medieval and classical elements. Just listen to the first seconds of In the mist she was standing and you'll imagine headbanging Mozart along with Beethoven in bovver boots. But seriously, these harmonies are built in a very classical way and it is admirable. Mike was always a master of beautiful harmonies. But the way he develop his compositions is too stiff and clumsy. It's not a bad thing after all, but most people appreciate well flowing composition instead of bridgeless fifteen minutes' pieces with themes changing unexpectedly or very long atmospheric passages springing suddenly into a death rage.

ORCHID is extremely genuine record, devoid of professionalism or experience. Mikael realized his dreams, created music which he considered beautiful and moving, he didn't care about trends in the music or coherence of the work. That's why it is so captivating - there are genuine emotions, raw sound and great harmonies. It's absolutely must-have for extreme metal fan. For a prog fan not necessarily.

bartosso | 3/5 |


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