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STILL LIFE

Opeth

 

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

4.33 | 1167 ratings

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deathlifereborn
5 stars First off the cover of this album really grabbed my attention, the intense crimson red of the sky, the teary eyed woman on the front (I guess it's supposed to be Melinda) and the looming cross in the background. It's about a man returning home after being exiled from not believing the same as the others, to return to his beloved, Melinda.

THE MOOR, it starts very atmospherically with acoustic rythmn, then goes into the heavy riff and the great drumming skills of Lopez and near the end of the song I really enjoy the nice humming part. (the protagonist returns to his home, remembering what happened) 5 stars

GODHEAD'S LAMENT, starts off heavy and fast with the growling vocals of Mikael, slows down after a time though after the solo and in comes his clean vocals. Before going back into the earlier heavyiness. (wonders if its best to leave instead decides to stay for Melinda) 5 stars

BENIGHTED, its almost acoustic has a really nice soothing rythmn to it (reads a love letter he had previously wrote to her, and tries to convice Melinda to leave with him) 5 stars

MOONLAPSE VERTIGO, carries with in some heavy riffs and happy part near the end (realizes he doesn't have much time to convince her, as he would be killed if he was found) 4 stars

FACE OF MELINDA, the acoustic riff that starts off this song is really tasty, it gets heavier near the end with nice guitars and drums. (remember's his past failure of trying to woo her, as she tells him that she still loves him) 4 stars

SERENITY PAINTED DEATH, this is a quite varied song it has the heavyiness as per usual and continues with the nice subtle vocals of Mickael with his interchangable vocal skills. (Melinda is dead, killed by council members. He vows revenge and slaughters the ones who killed her but falls in exhaustion as the council captures him) 4 stars

WHITE CLUSTER, finishes the album with a heavy explosive riff song, the intese drumming and the guitars as well as the vocals prove that this song is one of my favorites in the Opeth backcatalogue (the council tries to make him repent but he doesn't and gets hanged, though just prior he feels the hand of Melinda welcoming him to her) 5 stars

Overall this is one of my favorite Opeth albums if not my favorite, that saying I must give it a 5 star rating. As i'd highly recommend it to anyone wanting to explore this band (the second being Blackwater Park naturally)

deathlifereborn | 5/5 |

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