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Opeth - Lamentations: Live at Shepherd's Bush CD (album) cover




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4.02 | 214 ratings

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3 stars Impressive dual-mood show

After explaining to the audience that the show was being filmed and that the band was a bit nervous, they were told the first half of the show would be material from the somewhat mellower previous album, and that the second half of the show would be "a bit heavier." And with those words the crowd goes nuts. It's pretty obvious by watching the reactions that much of the crowd was being polite on the first half, waiting for the payoff in the second. But for people who are not big Opeth fans (like myself) this first set was a nice chance to see the band in a different light.

Songs like "In My Time of Need" and others from the leadoff set are both intriguing and often quite lovely, with serene vocals delivered carefully over the wonderful dialogue between the guitars. The mood of this "clean" material is very spacey at times and often relaxing. The drummer is an incredible player and I found myself most trained on listening to him above any of the others. Both sections of the show are filmed well and presented in my favorite manner: showing the musicians actually playing, from a tight perspective and without the insanely fast edits.

I'll be brief on this one. Without question essential for fans of Opeth, and I have a ton of respect for the quality of their performance and the sincerity of the material. My average rating just reflects the fact that their compositions have yet to capture me to any serious degree.

Finnforest | 3/5 |


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