Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography
Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography



Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

From, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Opeth Burden album cover
3.71 | 60 ratings | 4 reviews | 47% 5 stars

Excellent addition to any
prog rock music collection

Write a review
Buy OPETH Music
from partners
Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, released in 2008

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Burden (Radio Edit) (04:09)
2. Mellotron Heart (05:28)
3. Would? (Alice in Chains Cover) (03:43)

Total Time 13:20


Search OPETH Burden lyrics

Music tabs (tablatures)

Search OPETH Burden tabs

Line-up / Musicians

- Mikael Åkerfeldt / vocals, guitars, production
- Fredrik Åkesson / guitars
- Martin Mendez / bass
- Martin Axenrot / drums, percussion
- Per Wiberg / keyboards

Releases information

Roadrunner Records, December 9th 2008

Thanks to mogorva for the addition
and to mogorva for the last updates
Edit this entry

OPETH MP3, Free Download (music stream)

Open extended player in a new pop-up window | Random Playlist (50) | How to submit new MP3s
No MP3/Stream available for this artist.
Collaborate with, learn how to submit new MP3s.

Buy OPETH Burden Music

No release results - showing artist results instead
Blackwater Park: Legacy EditionBlackwater Park: Legacy Edition
The End Records 2010
Audio CD$8.39
$6.58 (used)
Sorceress 2-disc deluxeSorceress 2-disc deluxe
Nuclear Blast America 2016
Audio CD$9.98
$12.65 (used)
Sony Import 2007
Audio CD$4.33
$2.41 (used)
Roadrunner Records 2008
Audio CD$4.95
$3.96 (used)
Pale CommunionPale Communion
Roadrunner Records 2014
Audio CD$4.71
$5.58 (used)
Imports 2015
$46.88 (used)
Ghost ReveriesGhost Reveries
HiFi Sound
Roadrunner Records 2005
Audio CD$3.98
$3.02 (used)
The Roundhouse Tapes ( 2 Cd & Dvd Set )The Roundhouse Tapes ( 2 Cd & Dvd Set )
Audio CD$10.03
$8.29 (used)
Still LifeStill Life
$30.84 (used)
Original recording
The End Records 2007
Audio CD$2.84
$1.78 (used)

Right Now on Ebay (logo)

More places to buy OPETH music online Buy OPETH & Prog Rock Digital Music online:

OPETH Burden ratings distribution

(60 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(47%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(33%)
Good, but non-essential (15%)
Collectors/fans only (5%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

OPETH Burden reviews

Showing all collaborators reviews and last reviews preview | Show all reviews/ratings

Collaborators/Experts Reviews

Review by Any Colour You Like
3 stars I have always liked the concept of an EP. They never overstay their welcome, they rarely fall off track, and there is always the chance of finding a gem or two. Opeth's Burden EP is no different.

Containing just 13 minutes of music, one would be excused for thinking this was more of single than a EP, however, it contains enough solid material to interest any Opeth (and Alice in Chains) fan. "Burden" has been cut down into a 3 minute radio edit, and while not as good as the full album version, it is still a lovely song, showcasing Mikael's increasingly polished clean vocals. "Mellotron Heart" is an interesting track that yes, you guessed right - contains a healthy dose of classic 70's inspired mellotron. "Would?" is an impressive cover of the Alice in Chains song, and while I am no AiC expert, it seems as if Opeth have done a pretty decent job here. The EP is sung entirely without growled vocals, so there is no excuse for any prog fan not to pick this up - it is a bargain as well.

And that is about it folks, a short, if well made and interesting EP - perhaps too short even for an EP. Maybe Opeth could have lengthened "Burden" a bit to make it more memorable to the fans who bought this release out of sheer curiosity. Some nice cover art finishes of what is a fun, but not great release.

Review by UMUR
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars Burden is a digital EP ( or CD single? I´m 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. There´s a radio edit version of Burden from Watershed (2008) which is pretty nice, but I can´t say I´m much of a fan of radio edits. It´s 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. There´s 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 it´s still an enjoyable song.

The production is excellent.

Burden isn´t the most necessary Opeth release I´ve 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.

Latest members reviews

3 stars Another item borrowed from a friend who is a huge fan of Opeth. This set comes from 2008 and contains 3 tunes. There are no Opeth growls here which turn many people off, myself included. BURDEN- 3 stars. This is a shorter radio edit and I have never been a huge fan of radio edits. So I can't rat ... (read more)

Report this review (#606733) | Posted by mohaveman | Tuesday, January 10, 2012 | Review Permanlink

4 stars this is an absolute must get for fans not only of Opeth, but Alice in chains, and prog in general. this is a three song Ep released by opeth showcasing their single "Burden", an alternate version of "Porcelain heart" (on this EP it is entitled "Mellotron heart"), and a cover of "would?" by Alice i ... (read more)

Report this review (#230298) | Posted by DASistGrantTeeL | Thursday, August 6, 2009 | Review Permanlink

Post a review of OPETH "Burden"

You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not.


As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: — jazz music reviews and archives | — metal music reviews and archives