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ORCHID

Opeth

 

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

3.20 | 484 ratings

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The Crow
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4 stars This is a great debut album, in my humble opinion!

Here we can find really good tracks like In Mist She Was Standin, Forest of October and The Twilight is My Robe, being the last one the song I like most from this album. But it's obvious that they were trying to get their own sound, and we can find a lot of death metal here.... Another weak fact is that this album is maybe a bit too repetitive. The tracks are not really different between them. Neverhteless, the quality of all them makes the listening really worthy.

The Fredrik Norström's production isn't bad, but far from the last Opeth's realeases. I think that up to "Still Life" they don't achieved a really good sound... But here, like in "Morningrise", we can hear a great bass sound and playing by Johan de Farfalla, who is a great bass player in my opinion (better than Martín Méndez in my opinion... At least he's more original!)

Another interessant fact from this album are the instrumentals, both very good. Silhouette its maybe my favourite Opeth's instrumental song, great job from Anders Nordin here. And they have not released another song played only with piano...

Best songs: In Mist She Was Standing (great opening... It gives a good idea of what the album is), Forest of October (the most complete track in Orchid... A bit slow, with even some doom elements. A little classic) and The Twilight is my Robe (the best acoustic work of the album... Romantic and beautiful tack)

Conclusion: this album is not for Opeth's beginners, because due to its obscurity and not well developed sound, it can be too hard to newcomers... But if you are acquainted to the career if this great swedish band, then I strongly recommend you this album, because appart from its obvious quality, is the beginning of this metal legend. And a really good beginning, in my opinion!

My rating: ****

The Crow | 4/5 |

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