Sunday, May 26, 2013

The Orchis/A Thousand Winters/Infinite Fog Productions/1996 CD Review


  The  Orchis  are  a  band  from  the  U.K  that  plays  a  mixture  of  pagan,  neo,  psychedelic  and  dark  folk  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  1996  album  "A  Thousand  Winters"  which  was  released  by  Infinite  Fog  Productions.

  Drums  are  all  slow  playing  with  some  percussion  work  being  used  at  times,  while  the  flutes  bring a  very  60's  orientated  and  medieval  feeling  to the  music,  as  for t he  acoustic  guitars  they  use  finger picking  and  full  chords  and  combine  pagan,  neo,  psychedelic  and  dark  folk  together  to  create  a sound  of  their  own  along  with  some  electic  guitar  leads,  drone  sounding  synths  and  effects.

  Vocals are  mostly  clean  singing  female  and  male  folk  vocals  with  some  spoken  word  parts  being  utilized  at  times,  while  the  lyrics  cover  Nature  and  Paganism  themes, a s  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  strong,  powerful  and  dark  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that a re  present  on  this  recording  with  some  of  the  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  The  Orchis  are  a  very  great  sounding  hybrid  of  pagan,  neo,  psychedelic  and  dark  folk  music  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Horseman"  "Arcadia"  "He  Walks  In  Water"  and  "Winter".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

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