Orchid (heavy metal band)

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Mouths of Madness poster.jpg
Orchid in 2012
Background information
Origin San Francisco, California, United States
Genres Doom metal, stoner rock, blues rock
Years active 2007–present
Labels Nuclear Blast, The Church Within
Website www.orchidsf.com
  • Theo Mindell
  • Mark Thomas Baker
  • Keith Nickel
  • Carter Kennedy

Orchid are an American heavy metal band founded in San Francisco, California in 2007.[1] The band consists of Theo Mindell (vocals, synthesizer, percussion), Mark Thomas Baker (guitar), Keith Nickel (bass guitar) and Carter Kennedy (drums).[2] They are named after the Black Sabbath song of the same name.


Founded in 2007, Orchid released their first EP, Through the Devil's Doorway, in 2009. It was followed by their debut studio album, Capricorn, released in 2011. Both of those initial releases on the Church Within label were later reissued together on the Nuclear Blast Records compilation album The Zodiac Sessions in 2013.

Orchid's second studio album, The Mouths of Madness, was released via Nuclear Blast in 2013. In November of that year, the band embarked on a European tour, alongside Scorpion Child and Blues Pills.[3]

Musical style[edit]

Rooted in blues rock and heavy metal, Orchid are highly praised by rock critics for bearing much resemblance to pioneering heavy metal band Black Sabbath, because of the band's dark, heavy riff-based doom metal sound.[1][3][4] British heavy metal magazine Metal Hammer said of the band, "Thought Sabbath had already written all the best riffs? Think again – these guys have some monsters."[5]

Orchid also draw inspiration from other '70s rock bands such as Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd.[6]

Band members[edit]


Studio albums[edit]


  • Through the Devil's Doorway (2009, The Church Within)
  • Heretic (2012, Nuclear Blast)
  • Wizard of War (2013, Nuclear Blast)
  • Sign of the Witch (2015, Nuclear Blast)

Compilation albums[edit]


  • "Heretic" (2012, Nuclear Blast)


  1. ^ a b Heaney, Gregory. "Orchid". Allmusic. Retrieved December 5, 2013. 
  2. ^ Orchid on "Nuclear Blast Records"
  3. ^ a b "Orchid: 'The Mouths Of Madness' Video Released". Blabbermouth.net. October 16, 2013. Retrieved December 5, 2013. 
  4. ^ O'Hagar, Sammy (May 24, 2013). "The Mouths of Madness: Orchid’s Perpetual Throwback Thursday". MetalSucks. Retrieved December 5, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Orchid" at Metal Hammer
  6. ^ Nuclear Blast » BANDS » ORCHID