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3.86 | 71 ratings | 4 reviews | 42% 5 stars

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Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Burden (radio edit) (4:09)
2. Mellotron Heart (5:28)
3. Would? (Alice in Chains cover) (3:43)

Total Time 13:20

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 9, 2008

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OPETH Burden ratings distribution

(71 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(42%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(38%)
Good, but non-essential (14%)
Collectors/fans only (6%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by UMUR
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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.

Latest members reviews

4 stars Listening diary 22nd February, 2021: Opeth - Burden (progressive rock, 2008) I'm not the biggest fan of guitar solos, so those who know me may be surprised when I say that this song really just isn't there without the long outro. It's still a phenomenal song, and one of Opeth's best clean track ... (read more)

Report this review (#2600786) | Posted by Gallifrey | Saturday, October 9, 2021 | Review Permanlink

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

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