ORCHID: Totality: LP

Always considered these guys part of the Holy Trinity of Screamo, alongside Reversal Of Man and Combat Wounded Veteran, or at least the grandpappies of said genre. Orchid, however, always seemed like the most serious of the three and, at times, the most self-conscious. Loved the music—the sheer ferocity and madness of it—but their lyrics, name-dropping Debord and Foucault and stuff, always seemed like they were trying a bit too hard to either impress or obfuscate. Regardless, they lay waste to all in their path on Totality, an LP’s worth of long out of print singles and comp tracks. Nice posthumous release for a band that split well over a decade ago.

 –keith (Clean Plate)