Album Review: The Mouths of Madness by Orchid
Posted by RiffRaff
I may be a bit premature in saying this, but I think that the best Black Sabbath album to be released this year will not come from Black Sabbath, but from the Black Sabbath inspired band Orchid. If I didn’t know any better I would swear that their new album, The Mouths of Madness, was released in the 1970s in between the bevy of other iconic Black Sabbath albums and Ozzy was just trying out a new vocal style. From the riffs, the grooves, song structures, down even to the cover art that definitely has a Master of Reality crossed with Vol. 4 look to it, this album is pure Sabbath. And with such blatant stylistic similarities to the fathers of metal, you would imagine that a band could never reach the heights that Black Sabbath did during their peak. Well, if The Mouths of Madness was a legit Black Sabbath album, it would rank as one of my all time favorites up there with Sabbath Bloody Sabbath and the landmark self-titled album. And coming from the huge Black Sabbath fan I am, that’s saying quite a lot.
I think that I’ve established that Orchid sounds a whole lot like Black Sabbath during the Ozzy era, but hidden in the Sabbath worship, they do have their own personality in there. Amid saying to myself that riff in “Mountains of Steel” sounds a whole lot like “A National Acrobat” and “The Loving Hand of God” screams of “Sleeping Village/Warning” I can hear the real passion that Orchid have for the Sabbath style. The songs never, not even once, come off feeling as rip-offs, instead they feel like continuations of the iconic songs that Black Sabbath laid the ground work for. For example, in the title track “The Mouth of Madness” immediately you can hear influence from “Megalomania” but instead of nabbing the riffs and melodies and following the structure of the Sabbath song it branches out into many different directions and experiments with what could have been done with the original song. It feels more of a continuation of the source material than a rip-off, homage, or cover. And that goes for every track on the album. And the directions they take the songs are always fresh, engaging, and interesting. There is seriously not a dull moment on the entire record, and that’s what really matters. Right?
So, simply put, if you’re a fan of Black Sabbath and heavy blues The Mouths of Madness is a must buy. It’s easily yet another completely solid Orchid album if Black Sabbath don’t deliver something absolutely spectacular next month, Orchid will have crafted the best Black Sabbath album to be released this year and so far it is easily one of my favorite albums of 2013. Highly Recommended! Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!!
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Posted on May 3, 2013, in Album Reviews and tagged Album Reviews, black sabbath, entertainment, Heavy Blues, metal, Music, Orchid, The Mouths of Madness, Top Recommended. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.