One thing British bands have always been brilliant at is straightforward, no-frills rock music. Americans will always come in gold when it comes to pop punk (no matter how many Neck Deep’s come about), but we’ve at least got one edge on our Transatlantic friends with bands like You Me At Six and Don Broco flying the flag for the UK. Black Orchid Empire are an up-and-coming outfit trying to do the same thing; their pièce de résistance coming in the form of the debut album, Archetype.
Black Orchid Empire are more likely to face comparison to the likes of Royal Blood than any band teetering on the edge of ‘punk’. The first tracks ‘Come In‘ and ‘God Is Awake‘ showcasing unbeatable, in-your-face talent that already pegs the three-piece as ‘radio ready’. Some bands have been lucky enough to shoot to insane amounts of fame even prior to a full-length release, and while that hasn’t strictly been the case for these guys they’re more than capable of winning over the masses with their relatable lyrics and easy to chew melodies.
There’s hard rock defiance channeled throughout this album, powerful guitar licks and attention grabbing vocals taking precedence. Black Orchid Empire have unmeasurable levels of determination and it’s hard to look past as Archetype pans out. Particularly interesting tracks include the acoustic ‘Melancholia‘; incorporated onto a compilation album for autistic children, ‘Rabbit in a Snowstorm‘; a 35-second barely-there instrumental, and ‘Walking Disaster‘; the go-to track for any Foo Fighters fans looking for something new to add to their iPod playlists.
With fans such as Kerrang! Radio‘s Alex Baker, Black Orchid Empire are setting to do incredible things as the year draws a close— and 2017 will be their ultimate playground. This month they’ll be pulling out all the stops on an extensive UK and Ireland headline tour. They’ve such a crowd-pleasing style, attitude, and repertoire, there’s no limit on what they can achieve.