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3.64 | 49 ratings | 4 reviews | 47% 5 stars

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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

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Line-up / Musicians

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

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Roadrunner Records, December 9th 2008

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OPETH Burden ratings distribution


3.64
(49 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(47%)
47%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(31%)
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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.

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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.

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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 06, 2009 | Review Permanlink

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