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el böthy
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3 stars Something is about to happen...

That something is the best metal band ever and this is the seed of what one day would become this band, but just as a seed there is still some blossoming to do! Morningrise would mark the turning point in Opeth´s music. The progressive elements, always present since the first chord of Orchid, are stronger than ever and the result is not shy about it; this must very well be Opeth´s proggiest album, and although lenght is not necessarily synonymous to prog, a 20 min epic song is a strong representative of their new path to follow. In fact, no song is short here, they are all above the 10 min duration and there is even the key prog number of songs: ... 5!

Now, this new found glory is promesing, but it´s just the begining of what would come, for I see this album still to inmature from what now are Opeth´s standards, and I have heard Mickael feels the same way, and it´s easy to see why. The song structures are yet not that strong, no song goes down without one of two "flaws" here and there, specially Black rose inmortal, which is still very enjoyable, but I garantee you Mickael could now do so much better when it comes to an epic... wouldn´t that be sweeeeet?!? Getting back to the album; the production doesn´t help much either (I´m sorry Swano), for the whole thing seems flat all the way through, Mickael´s voice is still not "up there" (the change would come in My Arms, your hearse... and what an improvement that will be!), specially his growling. But, all in all, although this "flaws" might seem like a big thing, they aren´t really that big of a deal, the album is very enjoyable and The Advent, the album opener, is still one of Opeth´s best songs in my ears. It´s a big step in the right direction, that´s for sure!

el böthy | 3/5 |


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