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Orchid vs. MAYH??

Discussion in 'Opeth (Archived)' started by driz, Dec 5, 2004.

  1. driz

    driz New Metal Member

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    Hey all,
    as mentioned I'm a relatively new Opeth fan. I have the dvd, damnation,deliverence,still life, and blackwater park. It's only a matter of time until I have them all. I just ordered Morningrise and I wanted to order one of Orchid or MAYH. Which is a better album and why? Which is softer? Which is harder? ect...I'm gonna get them both eventually, but I want to be able to really listen and get to know the albums one by one...if I buy them all together I may get overwhelmed and not fully enjoy each album individually. So, which is better, Orchid or MAYH, and why?
    Your help is greatly appreciated.
    driz
     
  2. Blackwater_Park

    Blackwater_Park Demon of The Fall

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    Hmmm... My Arms, Your Hearse !
    Have the better songs, in my opinion...
    The lyrical concept is so fucking amazing too, i can't describe... i just can feel it...

    By the way, download the albums, and buy your favorite !
     
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    Seance Still Writes in Crayon

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    Luz Cowgirl From Hell

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    lol lol lol lol!
    M Y A R M S, Y O U R H E A R S E. Of course.
    \m/ :kickass:

    Luz.-
     
  5. Seth'Peth

    Seth'Peth Pessimistic Prick

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    That's a good question to pose in your situation...and out of 100 responses in this forum, you'll get 99 saying MAYH is better. I'm going to go way against the grain(and catch plenty of crap I'm sure), and say I personally like "Orchid" a little better. Having said that, I think I would still recommend getting MAYH first to finish that Opeth era. Be sure to get "Orchid" though even if many reviews aren't glowing...it's a great album.

    My reasoning...MAYH is definitely deeper, with more intracate lyrics. The music is great just like everything else they've done IMO. But with "Orchid", some of the different sound effects, the acoustics with driving double bass in the background, and the medieval violoin(or synth) on "The Apostle in Triumph"(although they did do that again on "Black Rose Immortal") are the things that set it apart for me. Plus the beautiful "Silhouette" piano piece. It's just different, and I'm drawn to that I guess.

    BTW, "Morningrise" is just about my favorite from them(again going against the grain)...give us a full review when you hear it. Actually it's a real "grows on you" type, so give it a good chance.

    Seth
     
  6. driz

    driz New Metal Member

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    Thanks Seth, I guess it is only a matter of time til I get both. Now, that being said, I do gravitate towards the more melodic, subtle, and emotive aspects of Opeth. Don't get me wrong, I love the heavy shit too, but that's just what I like more. Anyways, anyone else?
    driz
     
  7. naboo

    naboo Just Ask The Axis

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    Orchid. And I agree with Seth about Morningrise being the best album.
     
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    Nico Onward!

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    Orchid.
     
  9. Inconium Guard

    Inconium Guard An Apostle In Triumph

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    hmm....although I like MAYH much better (whatever is much better than "love" is up for you guys to decide), I'd say Orchid gives the beginner Opeth listener a better taste of their full range of music, as long as you don't mind a bit of meandering around and a relatively crappy production.

    I listened to MAYH before Orchid, and in retrospect I don't think it really mattered to me that I heard that first, so either choice is fine.
     
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    Shadows Skulk New Metal Member

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    April Ethereal + When

    Therefore MAYH
     
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    Orchid cuz its more proggy
     
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    Damnationx Here's to hoping...

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    Hearrseeeee :hotjump:
     
  13. Seth'Peth

    Seth'Peth Pessimistic Prick

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    Well, I guess I was wrong about the 99 out of 100... :tickled:

    But like Inconium said...you can't go wrong with either album, although I don't think the production is too bad on "Orchid". Maybe I was expecting worse and was pleasantly surprised??

    Seth
     
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    Orchid is probably a worse 'entry-level' choice. If you want to keep exploring the later style of the band (BWP, SL) then you're better off getting MAYH first. You're bound to run into Orchid eventually though, so just prepare yourself for the fact that it sounds quite different from the later material.
     
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    harvest_moon The Progmaster General

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    Orchid is their best album in my opinion
     
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    Orchid isn't that different from Opeths new stuff only slightly
     
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    Born Dead Corpse Reanimator

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    MAYH, that's better many times.
     
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    T-Rat Muse Of Fire

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    MAYH!!!
    but you gotta get orchid too...
    !!!
     
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    My Arms Your Hearse fucking RAPES Orchid in the arse with it's own dick.
     
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