Orchid
Orchid


5.0
classic

Review

by Drbebop USER (54 Reviews)
December 25th, 2018 | 27 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Don’t you dare take a stand


Orchid’s self titled and final LP is a difficult beast to tame. Those unfamiliar with the style of the group and most 90s screamo as a whole will be taken aback by it. Bite sized songs with screeching, out of control guitars and drums and high pitched screaming vocals belting out often completely unintelligible lyrics. Still, 90s screamo has an incredibly dedicated underground fan base, and Orchid is one of the bands held in extreme high regard in the scene. Releasing just three short albums in their time together (along with several splits), the group’s total amount of music released in their life time only hits around an hour and a bit. While their early work was suitably abrasive emoviolence, their final LP is where they started to expand their pallet.

‘Orchid’ (or S/T as I’ll be calling it) is 19 tracks of serene chaos. The group’s signature hellish noise still kicks up a storm and the vocals are still as illegible as ever but the group take liberties here and start to experiment. From the two part opener, ‘Amherst Pandemonium’ to the ambient guitar piece ‘Impersonating Martin Rev’, S/T explores a wild mix of sounds and emotions that never fully break away from the group’s routes. There’s ominous and threatening instrumentals (‘Trail Of The Unknown Body’, ‘Impersonating Martin Rev’), more traditional emo (‘Class Pictures’, ‘Anais Nin by Numbers’), almost noise rock (‘We Love Prison!’) to blaring chaotic powerviolence (‘Flip The Tape’). The group tackle a variety of topics, all messily wrapped up underneath a wall of noise. ‘Let’s Commodify Sexuality’ and ‘A Visit From Dr Goodsex’ portray a timid, shy view on sex but with a sort of openness and freeness that’s rather unexpected from a group as ferocious and powerful as Orchid. The group attack their own popularity and the underground scene in general on ‘No, We Don’t Have Any T-Shirts’ and ‘Loft Party’, violence in the screamo scene on ‘I Wanna Fight’ and the corruption of the justice system on ‘We Love Prison’. Each track is delivered with throat shredding rage and an orchestra of blaring guitars and drums that almost mix with lead singer Jayson Green’s lyrics and vocals to create an ominous hellish tone that satiates throughout the record and indeed the rest of the discography.

S/T is one of the greatest screamo records of the 21st century, perhaps even ever. It’s a rough, but supremely well crafted emotional tour de force which kicks you down and never lets go for the short 25 minute runtime. It’s painful, uncomfortable but god damn spectacular. Highly recommend

5/5

Standout tracks:

Amherst Pandemonium Parts 1 & 2
Loft Party
We Love Prison
Trail of The Unknown Body
No, We Don’t Have Any T-Shirts
Anais Nin by Numbers
Tigers
Let’s Commodify Sexuality
None More Black
Impersonating Martin Rev



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Tyler.
December 25th 2018


16022 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Lately I've been thinking this might be the best orchid

Drbebop
December 25th 2018


61 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Dance Tonight is a good runner up but Self titled is so diverse and magical idk it’s hard to explain

Darius the Great
December 25th 2018


19492 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Possibly

hal1ax
December 25th 2018


12682 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

that is correct @tyler

Sinternet
December 25th 2018


18296 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

stop changing the name

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Tyler.
December 25th 2018


16022 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Its not gatefold

Tyler.
December 25th 2018


16022 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Same for that kyuss album

Darius the Great
December 25th 2018


19492 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

gatechid

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
December 25th 2018


56280 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

nice

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hal1ax
December 25th 2018


12682 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i kiss the girls that speak marcuse

zaruyache
December 25th 2018


20233 Comments


[Blast beats in screamo]

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BMDrummer
December 25th 2018


14417 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

merry xmas

Snake.
December 25th 2018


21279 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

kool

calmrose
December 25th 2018


4384 Comments


"Lately I've been thinking this might be the best orchid"

that's because it is

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Darius the Great
December 25th 2018


19492 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I DON'T LIKE THE WAY YOU TREATED ME

SteakByrnes
December 26th 2018


14163 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hell yea brother

YakNips
December 26th 2018


19466 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

....i wanna foight....



settle it RIIIIGHT

Hawks
December 26th 2018


66815 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Love this band so much man.

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Gyromania
December 27th 2018


26490 Comments


nice review, i should check these guys out

JustJoe.
December 27th 2018


5660 Comments


Best Orchid

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