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Was very happy to see the LP edition available on Amazon, it is a limited run, so I was lucky to get a copy! The LP is of transparent orange, and the re-produced side sounds amazing, and the B side still in its original recording form is fun to listen to, to see how far Opeth has come!
In the Mist She Was Standing (7/10): What a great set of metal riffs to start your music career with! There aren't any vocals for a few minutes as they band goes crazy switching from one awesome riff to the next. Like many Opeth songs, this one goes from extremely heavy to light to heavy again. The first lighter interlude is both beautiful and depressing. Like every song on this album, it is weakened a bit by the lack of softer vocals to go with the heavier ones.
Under the Weeping Moon (8/10): The minor key accoustic stuff that starts it off is a greater tension builder for the rest of this song, which like the first track has several memorable riffs. Opeth has the monopoly on great metal riffs. The fade out of Akerfeldt's growl into the lighter part of this song is chilling. Opeth often have a tendency to let the repetitive lighter sections go on for a bit long, but I usually overlook this because of the impact of the contrast when the heavier stuff finally kicks back in. The finale sequence is incredible.
Silhouette (10/10): Simply put, this is one of the most beautiful and brilliant piano songs written since the days of Beethoven. Throughout the course of this comparably short song, the piano deftly weaves with fluttering grace up through scales in ways which build to climaxes and then release. Unlike many keyboard solos in the wide-ranging genre of progressive metal, this one is not an exercise in speed or complexity.Read more ›
The opener, "in the mist she was standing" is breathtaking, near the end, it is completely mystifying and beautiful. This is how metal should be.
"The apostle in triumph":classic, violins, rough throat piecring vocals, similar to every Opeth song. but this one stands out with the violins.
"Forest Of October": around 7 munites into this is wheen the guitar solo sarts.. it is not for those with weak emotions, for it is electrifying and gorgeous.
"under the weeping moon":least favorite track, gets kinda long and drawn out, ironically shorter than the other epics on this CD. the experiemntalism in this track still is heavenly.
every song on this CD deserves recognition, "twilight is my Robe"...softer than the other epics, and...beautiful bass.
THIS CD SHOULD TURN INTO A REQUIREMENT FOR ALL HUMANS TO LISTEN TO, so that they can see how good music can sound
LONG LIVE OPETH! \m/
First time through, it'll feel like a bunch of good, albeit redundant forays into the melodic metal genre, with some pretty standard death vocals (mid-pitched rasping) with pretty dull production. The production isn't horrible, it's just nothing very interesting. I find that the guitars sound pretty good, while the drums sound ok, to downright awful (the bass drum sounds like a techno beat.) That being said, the songs are still very interesting, and upbeat. Compared to the new, slower, darker material with clean transitions into new territory, Orchid feels like a sporadic effort that's all over the place. Time signatures, melodies and riffs change at the drop of the hat without warning, which can come across as a result of undeveloped songwriting. I just see it as a different sort of songwriting, though, as the end result still sounds very pleasing.
The songs are long, and drag on for a while, lacking the focus and direction of their more recent releases (namely Blackwater Park and Deliverance) but it's hard not to appreciate that great riffage going on here.Read more ›
If you are one of the many Opeth fans who fell in love with Blackwater Park or Damnation and are looking to get into earlier Opeth, steer clear of this release. This album is a mixture of doom metal, folk passages, classical technique, and cold production. Akerfeldt's growls are terribly raspy and high-pitched, the singing is almost nonexistent, out of tune and soft, and the lyrics are overly ambiguous. The music seems to start and stop, with random passages being glued together to form songs with no real rhyme or reason behind them. A different bassist and drummer were present here as well, so breathy, open bass lines and midtempo, triggered double bass drums appear instead of the subdued natural styles of current players Mendez and Lopez. You have been warned.
However, this album also contains many gorgeous passages in a style that would only return for the next two albums. A certain poignancy is present is was traded in for depression and art-rock. Under A Weeping Moon? The Apostle In Triumph? Wow. That's some evocative imagery there. And the occasional Opethian Gothenburg riff does appear, such as in the first few minutes of "Forest Of October" or "The Twilight Is My Robe."
Also included is a 3-minute piano instrumental performed by the band's drummer, and a short acoustic piece. Little known fact: Part of "Requiem" is actually present on the seventh track as an intro to "The Apostle In Triumph" due to a tracksetting mess-up.
Orchid is Opeth in the beginning, before the recognition, before the masterpieces that were to come. And it's still amazing.
Recommended for experienced Opeth fans, and those that like My Dying Bride, Extol, Agalloch, and early Ulver.Read more ›
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Awesome black metal early opeth, a little thrashy but so dope first of 4 albums i own\m/Published 16 months ago by Richard
Ce premier album pour Opeth est parmi leurs meilleurs à mon avis. La pièce d'ouverture demeure à ce jour l'une de mes préférées du groupe.Published on Jan. 2 2013 by Marc-Olivier
La commande est arrivée selon les délais et les conditions donnés par la compagnie. On peut faire affaire avec cette compagnie sans problème.Published on May 22 2012 by Metal mania
I will agree with another reviewer in that this is the best debut album ever. You think I joke? Do yourselves a favor and buy this ASAP if you do not already because you're missing... Read morePublished on July 4 2004 by DreadfulYgg
I'll keep this short.
If you are one of the many Opeth fans who fell in love with Blackwater Park or Damnation and are looking to get into earlier Opeth, steer clear of this... Read more
This is still, nonetheless a fine album that shows that this band has quite a bit of talent,in many areas. The vocals are the first thing you notice. Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2004 by Mark Riggs