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STILL LIFE

Opeth

 

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

4.33 | 1197 ratings

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Any Colour You Like
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5 stars It starts with a whisper, a quiet guitar, a simple ambiance. The mood grows and darkens, the tempo increases, the distortion kicks into overdrive and then all hell is unleashed. This is Still Life. Opeth's fourth album release is perhaps the most challenging, eclectic, powerful and well crafted of all their releases, which is no mean feat in itself.

What Still Life does so well, is that it fuses styles so effortlessly. You have your typical melodic death metal, classic progressive rock touches, jazzy fills, ambient breaks and a touch of pop. The combination creates an atmosphere that is both heavy and complex, but isn't especially hard to engage with to or follow the storyline. Forget Damnation or even Blackwater Park, if you want atmosphere, power, catharsis, technicality and feel - this is the complete Opeth album. Mikael's vocals are as powerful as ever, both clean and growled, while Lopez's drumming is excellent as always. Given more room to experiment here, Opeth really show their chops. You can hear classic prog fills, jazzy melodies and a typically polished and melodic Opeth riff factory. One thing that really helps this album is an increased focus on dynamics. On more than one occasion, the clever dynamic shifts are capable of creating epic moments of synthesis - and some truly headbanging riffs.

There is not much more to say here, Still Life is cornerstone album in Opeth's discography, but it is also an extremely important album in the Progressive Metal genre. A modern classic almost par excellence.

Any Colour You Like | 5/5 |

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