No. 8: Opeth, ‘Orchid’ – Best Debut Metal Albums
Nearly 20 years since the release of ‘Orchid,’ Opeth‘s debut album still retains its individuality along with its overall quality.
In many ways, ‘Orchid’ introduced the metal world to frontman Mikael Akerfeldt, who would later develop one of metal’s most beautiful voices along with the most demonic guttural of all time. Opeth have stuck to their complex formula ever since ‘Orchid,’ mixing opposite dynamics and writing long, progressive tracks, damning what popular music deemed to be normal and acceptable.