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BURDEN

Opeth

 

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

3.69 | 53 ratings

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UMUR
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3 stars Burden is a digital EP ( or CD single? Iīm confused about the concepts here) release by progressive Swedish metal act Opeth. The EP/ single was released in December 2008 by Roadrunner Records.

There are 3 tracks on the release which has a total playing time of 13:20 minutes. Thereīs a radio edit version of Burden from Watershed (2008) which is pretty nice, but I canīt say Iīm much of a fan of radio edits. Itīs like removing 1/4 of a painting or something like that IMO. The real treats on this release are Mellotron Heart and the cover of Would? by Alice in Chains. The former is a softer mellotron drenched version of Porcelain Heart from Watershed and while I find the more heavy original version a bit more interesting Mellotron Heart is actually a nice little variation. The cover of Would? is pretty much true to the original. Mikael even makes an effort to sound a little like Layne. Thereīs no doubt this is a great cover version but it stays a bit too close to the original IMO. I like cover versions to sound like the band who play them wrote the song. Or in other words make the song their own. I think Opeth fail to do that here but itīs still an enjoyable song.

The production is excellent.

Burden isnīt the most necessary Opeth release Iīve come across. If you ask me they should have added Bridge of Sighs, Den Ständiga Resan and Derelict Herds ( all featured on the bonus DVD from the special edition version of Watershed) to this release and then it would have been really worthwhile to get a hold of. Still the quality is allright and I think a 3 star rating is warranted.

UMUR | 3/5 |

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