In the scene of Sabbath-style doom metal/rock, Orchid are veterans. They’ve been around since 2006 and have been dropping quality releases ever since. They groove, they doom, and they’ve written some of the best doom metal to date. Their new 4 song EP, Sign of the Witch, is yet another release with the signature Orchid vibe that fans of the band will love.
Orchid’s sound is recognizable right away; not just their style of playing, but also their production. Which quickly brings me to my only complaint about this EP (and the band as a whole) – everything is so similar that it’s hard to discern from which album different songs are taken. I realise fans like when groups retain the same sound, but change is good!
Orchid kind of gets a pass for this, but newer bands need to stop trying to sound exactly like the first 4 Black Sabbath albums. That being said, there are points during Orchid’s discography where it feels as if they ripped off something Tony Iommi wrote. Regardless of this, at least the band does it right! Bone-chilling riffs make their way through this EP and Orchid knows exactly what they want to sound like, and pull it off with flying colors.
02. John the Tiger
03. Sign of the Witch
04. Strange Winds
Run Time: 18:50
Release Date: July 17, 2015
Check out the song “Sign of the Witch” here.