Orchid
Totality


4.0
excellent

Review

by Rationalist USER (50 Reviews)
December 23rd, 2009 | 68 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Some awesome fucking emotional bullshit.

“Another interesting sub-sub-genre was this strange crossover of first-generation emo and grind. Bands like Reversal of Man or Orchid may not have stood the test of time, but it was a pretty cool sound at the time and one that was uniquely American.” - Greg Pratt, “Altered States,” “Grindcore Special” part 2, Terrorizer #181, p. 43.

To that comment about the “interesting sub-sub-genre,” it truly was interesting, albeit quaint at the time, and yes, Orchid helped shape a new genre of music now known as “screamo.” Orchid possessed a vocalist whose voice was the aural manifestation of cathartic vigor and rough pathos which cleansed the listener of simple mundane problems with his screams and spoken word sections. They had a cavalcade of dissonant musicianship, and the band's caustic, provocative lyrics were only apposite to Jayson Green's voice. Armed with an amalgamation of the aforementioned musical elements, Orchid formed a new style of aural pleasure. And with three full-length albums, five splits, a demo cassette tape, a self-titled EP, and three compilation appearances, Orchid proved that they were prolific, and on each of these releases, they proved that they were an extremely passionate, and overall, a superb outfit.
But with their prolific nature, Orchid fans yearned for the hard-to-find releases that said band had generated, and here is where Totality comes in.

The posthumous album begins with “New Ideas In Mathematics” which can be found on their split with Jerome's Dream. The opening track begins the album on the right foot with their usual chaotic sound with thrash-driven, intense riffage, raucous screams that just well... scream pathos, and those trusty lyrics that Orchid has been known for, those lyrics that Totality exhibits throughout every second of vocalization present. “Eye Gouger” is another highlight that is just as intense and chaotic as “New Ideas In Mathematics.” However, “New Ideas In Mathematics” is far less accessible, and “Eye Gouger” retains a more perceptible groove than the former, thus making it a better track not only in comparison, but on the entire album. “Panopticism” is just the same; a more perceptible groove than “New Ideas In Mathematics,” and intensity are present. And those who have the Combatwoundedveteran split will be thankful that the whole album is remastered, for the latter two tracks were held back from their fullest potential via muddy production and made both tracks sound rather diaphanous. The final track, an alternative version of “Weekend At The Firing Academy” is another track that takes Orchid's signature sound to the extreme. Unlike several other alternative versions that artists release, this one may be equally good, or perhaps better.

The tracks from the Combatwoundedveteran split, and those on the Jerome's Dream split are the best, showcasing the highlights of Orchid's dissonant sound, fast speeds akin to grindcore, and emotional sects with confidence and ultimately come out as the true highlights of the album. The production value is also of a higher quality, which makes the record sound less like I Wrote Haikus About Cannibalism In Your Yearbook, and more like Circle Takes The Square production-wise. But there are the negatives that are present on this album. For one, the tracks taken from the Pig Destroyer split are just mediocre in comparison to this album and Orchid's back catalog as a whole. Secondly, the tracks here are not as powerful or as good as the ones that Orchid has shown us time and time again that they can produce. And thirdly, the arrangement of tracks is sub-par, and thus decreases the enjoyability of the album. But overall, this album is a must-have for any Orchid fan, and it's a must-have for any screamo fan, or any fan of music in general, as the compilation of tracks is freaking fantastic overall.

FINAL RATING: 4.2/5-Some awesome ***ing emotional bull***.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Fort23
December 23rd 2009


3071 Comments


whoooa i have never heard of this and you just made me want to get it nice review.

Rationalist
December 23rd 2009


880 Comments


Thanks. It's, in my opinion, their worst LP, but I don't think it's supposed to be an LP, rather than a posthumous collection of hardto-find, remastered tracks. I've been looking for most of these for a while, and to find out that this album existed was a huge, "hell yes!" to my christmas senses.

iarescientists
December 23rd 2009


5865 Comments


whatever faggot

Rationalist
December 23rd 2009


880 Comments


Screw you, hipster kitty.

witchxrapist
December 24th 2009


11117 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This comp has their half of the Jeromes Dream split and their ST on it, therefor its fucking awesome.

Rationalist
December 24th 2009


880 Comments


This comp is fucking awesome.

deathofasalesman
September 21st 2010


6476 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Bass line on 36 Day Syndrome is ahhhhhwesome.

Ire
June 8th 2011


41945 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

got the cd yesterday



rules so good

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
February 10th 2012


57033 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

holy fuck rules hard

sniper
February 10th 2012


19075 Comments


this isn't really as good as any of their proper releases but it's still orchid so it still owns

Adabelle
May 27th 2012


4423 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Only just listened to this, some really good stuff here

Dunpeal
November 17th 2013


4235 Comments


sweet album cover

Gwyn.
November 17th 2013


17173 Comments


Thanks. It's, in my opinion, their worst LP, but I don't think it's supposed to be an LP, rather than a posthumous collection of hardto-find, remastered tracks. I've been looking for most of these for a while, and to find out that this album existed was a huge, "hell yes!" to my christmas senses.


whatever faggot



haha

Dunpeal
November 17th 2013


4235 Comments


i don't remember ST being this good. gonna have to relisten

YakNips
December 18th 2013


19907 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

IT'S ALL WRONG

IT'S ALL WRONG

IT'S ALL WROOOOOONG

YakNips
January 4th 2014


19907 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah man this rules hard, Hit The Ground is mad underrated

sniper
January 4th 2014


19075 Comments


eye gouger and new ideas in mathematics are like top 15 orchid songs too

YakNips
January 4th 2014


19907 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah agreed hard

YakNips
January 10th 2014


19907 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

IIIIIII



MISS YOUR ARMS AROUND MEEE

FourthDyke
February 5th 2014


498 Comments


absolutely oprah



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