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GHOST REVERIES

Opeth

 

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

4.28 | 1788 ratings

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ProgStage
2 stars This is an album I heard a little hype about, so I decided to give it a try.

The album opens with "Ghost Of Perdition" which is probably the best song on the album. Straight away you can hear the aggressive growling vocals and these switch to soft ambient singing. These parts of the song seperate it from something a Death Metal band would do. Some 70's style guitar work is audable.

"The Baying Of The Hounds" is a song that flows along nicely and changes tempo frequently. It's quite similar to the first track but has more of a grove feel to it, despite the growling vocals.

"Beneath The Mire" is quite different from the first two tracks and doesn't really sound like it's going anywhere. It's only when the vocals change to soft singing and the proggy solos kick in that the song begins to pick up.

"Atonement" sounds like something that's come out of Ancient Egypt when it begins. It's a softer song and sounds a lot more calm than the rest of the album. It's like a section of ambience from the previous tracks.

"Reverie / Harlequin Forest" begins with a depressing style of singing and the guitar backs this mood up. Again, the song continues with the growling vocals and sounds lost.

"Hours Of Wealth" is a nice mellow song which is out of place with the rest of the album, but since a lot of the album reminds of death and suffering, this is a nice change. It's beautiful in comparison to the other songs on the record.

"The Grand Conjuration" is another mess of growling, drumming and thrashing guitars.

"Isolation" is another mellow track which seperates itself from the heavier parts of the album and end the album on a lighter note.

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The mix between beautiful mellow compositions and death metal roars doesn't go well together in this album. The metal fans would want to hear more of the latter, and prog fans of the former. Although some of the heavier tracks are epic and stand out, more of them just sound messy and disturbing.

ProgStage | 2/5 |

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