ORCHID (Capricorn) CD
For me personally, ORCHID's debut album 'Capricorn' was one of the most anticipated releases of 2011. Already the first MCD 'Through The Devils Doorway' was a great start and let my mouth water. It was amazing to hear how meticulous and passionate the band is in everything they do. This is most evident in the way how ORCHID have managed to capture the vibe of early Black Sabbath. No wonder then that I did an interview with the guys at the beginning of 2010. Probably you'd think now that this group is just another 1970's retro rock act, but they have more to offer than just a lukewarm rehash of an old sound. Further proof of their talent is also 'Capricorn' and ORCHID have definitely delivered what they promised with the MCD. There is nothing but talent executed on the album, and they turn in for some great songs. And that's exactly the special thing about ORCHID: the songs. Even though they draw to a certain extent on different well-known Sabbath tunes to put together their own compositions, creativity, liveliness and originality predominate. What seems a contradiction at first glance is a reality in ORCHID's world.
Their sound doesn't feel forced and their songs have many different shades despite the strong presence of early Black Sabbath. ORCHID have carved out personality and this is only one of the reasons why they stand out in the international mass of 1970's rock revivalists. And last but not least, I would like to point out the quality songwriting talent that they own. It keeps the riffs fresh and interesting and manages to hold the fantastic groove. It is therefore hardly surprising that 'Capricorn' is packed with songs that are designed to become timeless classics. Hence, there's no harm if they borrow the first part of Ted Nugent's 'Just What The Doctor Ordered' because it is happening in a classy way. Just listen to 'Masters Of It All' and you'll know what I mean.
However, it is the overall writing and structuring of the album as a whole that I find most impressive. The balance is perfect and superior and there are some truly sublime moments on this album. What is also striking is their ability to create an otherworldly atmosphere that's steeped in a dark tradition. While bands like The Devil's Blood or Blood Ceremony desperately trying to evoke a mysteriously enraptured world, ORCHID has already arrived there. Fortunately, however, they avoid any kind of kitsch and false pathos, contrary to the bands I just mentioned. Filled with energy and drive, 'Capricorn' is like an amazing ride through a vanished age and the whole execution leans towards a sonic ritual. There is no noticeable diminution of quality or any hint of letting up here - this confirms and consolidates what had come before and leaves you in a fever of anticipation for the next release. It was definitely worth waiting for 'Capricorn' and it's a must-have for any fans of heavy doom-infused 1970's rock; there I am quite sure.