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Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

3.69 | 53 ratings

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Any Colour You Like
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3 stars I have always liked the concept of an EP. They never overstay their welcome, they rarely fall off track, and there is always the chance of finding a gem or two. Opeth's Burden EP is no different.

Containing just 13 minutes of music, one would be excused for thinking this was more of single than a EP, however, it contains enough solid material to interest any Opeth (and Alice in Chains) fan. "Burden" has been cut down into a 3 minute radio edit, and while not as good as the full album version, it is still a lovely song, showcasing Mikael's increasingly polished clean vocals. "Mellotron Heart" is an interesting track that yes, you guessed right - contains a healthy dose of classic 70's inspired mellotron. "Would?" is an impressive cover of the Alice in Chains song, and while I am no AiC expert, it seems as if Opeth have done a pretty decent job here. The EP is sung entirely without growled vocals, so there is no excuse for any prog fan not to pick this up - it is a bargain as well.

And that is about it folks, a short, if well made and interesting EP - perhaps too short even for an EP. Maybe Opeth could have lengthened "Burden" a bit to make it more memorable to the fans who bought this release out of sheer curiosity. Some nice cover art finishes of what is a fun, but not great release.

Any Colour You Like | 3/5 |


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