Orchid - The Mouths of Madness
Label: Nuclear Blast
Reviewer: Azmo Lozmodial - 2013-06-09
Highlights: See you on the other side, Nomad
If you don't follow the latest metal releases nowadays, you'll probably think that the 70s doom metal sound has been extinct, but giving a small listen to the new album "The Mouths of Madness" for the American doom metal band "Orchid" will change your mind forever. Nuclear Blast, the huge record label has released a perfect gem to get the golden metal sound of the 70s back with this amazing album, Black Sabbath and Pentagram (The American doom metal band) are alive and breathing in every single track in "The Mouths of Madness", the result is really impressive and this release will just blow your ears.
One of the first things that will catch your attention is the aged production, especially the sound of the fuzzy rhythmic guitar and edgy-ferocious lead guitar tune, such production is one of the most important elements that will pull you into the golden metal era. Theo Mindell (the vocalist of the band) has come into this world by a time machine, his antique throat enfolds around the unique production and give the listeners another "Master of Reality" to be considered as a classic release. Tony Iommi's numb guitar formula are re-created in this album, and some traditional heavy metal fans would think that Orchid is trying to clone Iommi's psychedelic touches, but in my point of view I can see a total different thing, because tributing the giants is not an easy thing at all. There are a lot of bands nowadays who try to clone the sound of the old Black Sabbath, and a lot of them are failing to create that old and dusty sound, but Orchid in this album has passed this impossible test and they also added their own clever melodious core to the microstructure of the tracks.
The nine tracks of this record have the common antique riffing performance, the vital drumming is engaged with the bassline to create an anesthetized atmosphere around the void of guitars. tracks like "Leaving it all behind" and "Marching dogs of war" have some super drumming moments and some hyper-active bass performance, you cant get bored from these tracks even if you play them again and again. "See you on the other side" is my favorite track in this record, maybe because the guitar melodies have made me believe that this track has been released in the 70s. The track "Nomad" has a calm and bluesy atmosphere, the thing that the traditional doom metal bands Pentagram and Witchcraft have always presented in some of their tracks, and such an atmosphere is really catchy and memorable.
The classic style of the artwork (that reminds me of the album Vol4 for Black Sabbath) says it all, the identity that the band seeks is winding around the history of Black Sabbath, and I really find this identity excellent and characteristic, because no one in the world can deny that Black Sabbath is one of the best metal bands in the history of metal music.