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Release date: 15 May 1995
Style: Extreme progressive metal

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01. In Mist She Was Standing
02. Under The Weeping Moon
03. Silhouette
04. Forest Of October
05. The Twilight Is My Robe
06. Requiem
07. The Apostle In Triumph
08. Into The Frost Of Winter [2000 and 2003 re-release bonus]

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Line-up
Mikael Åkerfeldt - vocals, guitars
Peter Lindgren - guitars
Anders Nordin - drums
Johan DeFarfalla - bass


Additional info
Recorded at Unisound Recordings.
Produced by Opeth.
Engineered by Dan Swanö.
Mixed & produced by Opeth & Dan Swanö.
Photos by Torbjorn Ekebacke.
Layout by Opeth and Torbjorn Ekebacke.

Due to a mastering error half of "Requiem" track had been cut off and joined with the "The Apostle In Triumph".

In 2003, the album was re-released in a limited edition tin box.

The original Century Media pressing in the US had the band logo printed on the cover (much to the band's dismay).

Released by Candlelight as a 2xLP picture disc, limited to 2000 copies.

Guest review by
Kap'N Korrupt

Rating:
8.0
Opeth's debut album Orchid released in 1995 is a keeper. It isn't mentioned much by Opeth fans but it is certainly a lost treasure. New fans will stray from the album as more reviewers simply write the album off as being 'brutal' and 'sloppy' or 'solid death metal' as what I have read. The thing is that Orchid is just as diverse as Blackwater Park or their latest release, Ghost Reveries. Presented in Orchid is what will become of Opeth on a grand scale: brutal, melodic, acoustic, alternative, emotional and heartfelt by placing melodic death metal alongside acoustic and clean electric guitar rock.

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published 17.08.2006 | Comments (32)

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Deathcycle - 15.12.2010 at 01:29  
Rating: 8 Truly an underrated classic...
Jeeers - 21.05.2011 at 15:09  
Rating: 6 Truly boring album.
SoparTR - 22.05.2011 at 17:16  
  Truly a masterpiece.
SATANSCHAMBER666 - 27.05.2011 at 01:56  
Rating: 10 Brilliant Album
Metal_4Ever - 05.07.2011 at 14:22  
Rating: 10 Masterpiece.. \oo/
Regolith - 23.11.2011 at 19:59  
Rating: 7 Although a loose and experimental sounding album Orchid is definately Opeth. Being a drummer I can't help but say that the lack of creative drum parts takes a tic off the rating, but the overall feel is still an Opthian atmosphere. 'Forest of October' is my personal favorite.
ThunderAxe1989 - 28.12.2011 at 04:01  
Rating: 9 One of my alltime favourites of Opeth's!
musicalkaratekid - 16.01.2012 at 22:26  
Rating: 8 Very underrated, but at the same time i can understand why. 'Under the weeping moon' and 'The twilight is my robe', whilst both seemingly well structured songs, falter because of their length:the mid-section of the former becomes too repetitive , whereas the first and last part of the same song is incredible. The latter starts off boring, but eventually becomes a great song in its own right. Apart from that, this album is solid, just as the rest of the band's discography.
Alex Fenger - 03.02.2012 at 17:35  
Rating: 6 Best opeth album
Pelagial - 01.03.2012 at 20:54  
Rating: 10 Very good start for this band
Korah - 04.03.2012 at 21:37  
  One of the best debut album ever with no contest.
Dentura - 10.06.2012 at 01:16  
Rating: 8 Very good album and for a debut album, it already showed a young band with much to offer to the metal world.
Illog1cal - 10.06.2012 at 18:16  
  They were young and in-experienced at the time. Its a solid effort though and it shows that they knew what they were doing, however from the listeners perspective its not that interesting, I was almost falling asleep for some of it.
Erik M. - 09.11.2012 at 22:15  
Rating: 9 Brilliant album. One of their best albums for sure (check out my list if you're interested). Despite the relatively bad production, it remains a masterpiece.
Kuroboshi - 16.11.2012 at 14:55  
Rating: 6 I agree with Illog1cal. It's schizophrenic.

And, it's such a shame with The Apostle in Triumph... For me, it's the best song of the album, but it could have been so much more killer! I mean, that outstanding intro (!) just fades out and is totally forgotten...
Jaeryd - 04.03.2013 at 13:37  
Rating: 8
Written by Kuroboshi on 16.11.2012 at 14:55

I agree with Illog1cal. It's schizophrenic.

And, it's such a shame with The Apostle in Triumph... For me, it's the best song of the album, but it could have been so much more killer! I mean, that outstanding intro (!) just fades out and is totally forgotten...

"Due to a mastering error half of "Requiem" track had been cut off and joined with the "The Apostle In Triumph""

I'm not sure what the source of that is from, but if you look up at the album info, you can see what I just quoted.

So really, The Apostle In Triumph is supposed to start at about the 1:30 mark, not before. Someone fucked up real bad.
Dzidziafon - 09.05.2013 at 19:34  
Rating: 7 Nice debut album but... tunes are too long and lack of ideas. Much form, less content.
Vasil de Shumen - 23.07.2013 at 17:53  
Rating: 9
Written by Dzidziafon on 09.05.2013 at 19:34

...tunes are too long and lack of ideas. Much form, less content.


I disagree.
This record is a masterpiece and vastly better than most of Opeth albums (except "Morningrise" and "Blackwater Park"). I think the songs are perfectly composed and brilliant recorded (Dan Swanö is genial sound engineer). For me "Orchid" and "Morningrise" are really albums on a band, while the other records sounding like a solo projects by Mikael (especially after 2002).
Mr. Doctor - 23.07.2013 at 18:08  
Rating: 8 Can't say I agree with any of that tbh. The only albums that give me any "solo" feeling is probably Damnationa nd the latest. That's not an issue though as long as the music is good (which can't be said about Heritage). About this record, it's good... But everything from Morningrise up to and including Blackwater Park you tramps over it.
Vasil de Shumen - 23.07.2013 at 18:41  
Rating: 9
Written by Mr. Doctor on 23.07.2013 at 18:08

Can't say I agree with any of that tbh. The only albums that give me any "solo" feeling is probably Damnationa nd the latest. That's not an issue though as long as the music is good (which can't be said about Heritage). About this record, it's good... But everything from Morningrise up to and including Blackwater Park you tramps over it.


I said: "sounding like a solo projects by Mikael (especially after 2002)"

When I listen to "Ghost Reveries", "Watershed" and "Heritage", I really have a feeling that Mikael is composer on 80% of the music, while the other musicians seems to be limited to carrying out his ideas.
LeKiwi - 16.10.2013 at 13:18  
Rating: 7 Listening to this again and it's not how I remember it at all. It seems far more progressive than my initial impression led me to believe...good stuff
Paw!! - 18.03.2014 at 02:25  
Rating: 9 Masterpice Album
The Hammer33 - 31.03.2014 at 23:00  
  The Apostle in Triumph is one of my favourite Opeth tracks' (and they are my favourite band). I can listen to that song over and over all day...
Paw!! - 02.05.2014 at 22:46  
Rating: 9 OPETH-Orchid. Well I love all tracks

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