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CD ORCHID THE ZODIAC SESSIONS REVIEW

ORCHID

THE ZODIAC SESSIONS

2013

 

 

ASTRAL DOOM

 

 

San Francisco's Orchid is tidying things up - "The Zodiac Sessions" released on November 15th, 2013 via Nuclear Blast collects together the band's early works – 2009's "Through The Devil's Doorway" EP as well as the debut full-length "Capricorn" (2011).


If you like your retro-doom then Orchid is a band that is pretty much unmissable and if you love your vinyl it gets even better -both parts of "The Zodiac Sessions" will be released separately – on 10“ ("Through The Devil's Doorway") and on 2LP 12“ ("Capricorn") and will be made available in various colors.


Track listing:


Capricorn
1. Eyes Behind The Wall
2. Capricorn
3. Black Funeral
4. Masters Of It All
5. Down Into The Earth
6. He Who Walks Alone
7. Cosmonaut Of Three
8. Electric Father
9. Albatross
Through The Devil’s Doorway
10. Into The Sun
11. Eastern Woman
12. Son Of Misery
13. No One Makes A Sound


Sounding like vintage Sabbath with better vocals (sorry Ozzy fans) this could only have been made in the 70’s so if that’s the sound you crave it’s well worth picking up. Orchid here may not be the finished article but at times you get lost in the music – early Capricorn tracks  ‘Eyes Behind The Wall’ and ‘Capricorn’ certainly aren’t ground-breaking but they establish the groove before the lighter touch of ‘Black Funeral’ (Yep no real need to guess they play  Doom) gives them space to get even darker in tone and lyrically.


To be honest this is great stuff in that it manages to capture ‘the sound’ perfectly and reminds you of why this type of music was so essential back in the day and should still be today. There’s a certain unpredictability that’s refreshing and progressive leanings that don’t go too far. Put Orchid on your ‘must hear’ list.

 

 

Mark Diggins

 

CD ORCHID THE ZODIAC SESSIONS REVIEW 2013