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ORCHID

Opeth

 

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

3.24 | 611 ratings

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toroddfuglesteg
3 stars Opeth exploded into the scene with this album and has been declared as gods forever.

I have never really caught the Opeth bug. Mostly because I have never bothered listening to them. A decission I have now overturned.

This is supposed to be their death metal album. Really ? I find little death metal here. This album has been recorded and released on the shoulders of the debut albums from Dissection and Dimmu Borgir. The music here is not death metal. It is melodic black metal with a lot of folk elements.

Opeth and this album exploded into the scene because of the quality of the material here and because Orchid takes over the baton from Dissection and other melodic black metal bands into a much more progressive rock scenario. It is pretty obvious that this album set a new standard back then. A standard no other folksy melodic black metal album has matched.

A revolution back in 1995, it still stand the test of time in 2011 to a large extent. Yes, bands like Vintersorg and Borknagar has probably taken the baton a bit further down this road. But Orchid has a lot of really good songs and it feels like a coherent album. I am no longer a fan of this music, but Orchid has found a good home in my castle.

This is a good album and I am looking forward to explore the other Opeth albums too.

3 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 3/5 |

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