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3 stars The second album from Opeth called Morningrise is by many metal heads I know considered a classic within the doom/death genre. Allthough more progressive than most other important albums in this genre like: CATHEDRALīs Forest of Equilibrium, PARADISE LOSTīs Gothic and MY DYING BRIDEīs Turn Loose the Swans, Morningrise is still first and foremost a metal album.

Opeth have developed their style since the debut album Orchid which I found pretty good. There are now more acoustic sections between the melodic death metal parts. The tempo is still slow to mid. All songs are generally well composed and played and as always when talking about Opeth there are moments of pure bliss in some of their songs. Just listen to the wonderful fretless bass in Advent.

The sound quality has always bothered me on this album though and it is a major problem IMO. You can hear everything thatīs happening but the instruments have an irritating sound and the vocals are also badly produced. Iīm sure this is an aquired taste but I canīt stand this production.

Drummer Anders Nordin does not play in a style that I prefer and I like Martin Lopez who would play on the next album much better. The other musicians do a great job though. There is nothing wrong with the skills here.

All in all it is a good album from Opeth, but I do feel they miss that something special that would later send them to the top of progressive death metal. Itīll be present on the next album though. For this one Iīll give 3 stars as it has about as many flaws as it has beautiful moments.

UMUR | 3/5 |


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