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Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

4.25 | 1625 ratings

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3 stars It sounds like many Opeth fans consider this album as the best one from the band. Well I don't share this opinion... Of course it's still a good album, a good follow up to "Still Life" but I think "Still Life" is better because it doesn't have weak songs like this album.

The opening song "The Leper Affinity" is a brutal song with much more extreme parts than average Opeth song. Not my taste. "Bleak" starts heavy, but with a slight touch of folkish music (nice riff), and then continues with more classic metal with clean vocals (a duet Steven Wilson/Mikael Åkerfeldt - nice voice combo here). "Harvest" is a great ballad, and starts a good trio of high quality songs. "The Drapery Falls" is a majestic epic song, mostly clean with a few growls here and there. "Dirge For November" almost starts a cappella with a frail accompanying acoustic guitar, and then turns into a nice classic Opeth song. "The Funeral Portrait" is the most brutal song the band ever wrote since "My Arms, Your Hearse" - almost 8 minutes of pure unmelodic death metal. The relief comes just after with the beautiful instrumental "Patterns In The Ivy" (too bad it's too short... and my copy of the CD doesn't contain "Patterns In The Ivy 2"). The title track is classic Opeth again, an epic song with a good balance of heavy and mellow parts.

Rating: 74/100

zaxx | 3/5 |


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