Orchid are an American heavy metal band founded in San Francisco, California in 2007. The band consists of Theo Mindell (vocals, synthesizer, percussion), Mark Thomas Baker (guitar), Keith Nickel (bass guitar) and Carter Kennedy (drums). 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.
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. 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."
Orchid also draw inspiration from other '70s rock bands such as Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd.
Theo Mindell - vocals, synthesizer, percussion
Mark Thomas Baker - guitars
Keith Nickel - bass
Carter Kennedy - drums