"Orchid" had been the debut of this Swedish band that should reach a status within the Metal-world in the following years that goes nearly unrivalled by any other band.
Already the first impression was unusual, only a pink orchid on a black background gracing the cover, no band-name, no album-title, nothing. And turning the whole package around, you see four silhouettes against a sunset, so that alone had already enough to separate this band from the rest of the scene.
But that was nothing against the music that would await us inside, because OPETH combine brilliant musicianship with sometimes great heaviness, strongly influenced by Death Metal, but loosening up the heavy passages with acoustic interludes and slower-paced, more mellow parts, yet still maintaining the flow within the composition.
The bandwidth reaches from Death Metal (especially the vocals) over classical and also folky influences to Progressive Metal and also "normal-metallic" riffs, everything woven together into a truly unique fabric of sound.
So who wants to explore demanding yet never complicated music, which still retains a really heavy sound, cannot pass by OPETH in any way!