Not to be confused with a ‘screamo’ style band that split up back in 2002, this San Francisco based band grab their influences from the dark corners of the seventies rock music scene. We’re talking about bands like the mighty Black Sabbath or Crow for example. If you’ve heard Capricorn already, then you’ll be thrilled with The Mouths of Madness. Grooving aplenty, swagger and a true confidence and comfort in what they do, The Mouths of Madness offers up all that is cool about Orchid.
Marching Dogs of War and the first single taken from this album, Wizard of War, both do the business. In the former there is a refreshing moment with harmonica, and in the latter you get a full on driving experience that takes the breath away. The Mouths of Madness contains a mere nine tracks, but once your ears digest the meat that coat the bones of this morsel, you appreciate the fact. The balance is sublime.
The familiar sounding bass-line that starts Silent One, a song that clocks in at over seven minutes, tells you that this is one dark and nostalgic trip into the seventies psyche of ‘Sabbath. Somehow the vibe on this album suggests it’s more than just a humble homage or faint echo of the first five Ozzy-era Black Sabbath albums, but a new breed of band who carry the torch for such a classic sound.
The Mouths of Madness is mastered by Richard Whittaker who was responsible for the latest reissues of Black Sabbath and Thin Lizzy albums. “I’ve been a huge fan of Orchid since I first heard their debut EP back in 2009, and they’ve certainly come a long way since then. So, as you can imagine, to be asked to work with Orchid on their records was an honor and a pleasure.”