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SORCERESS

Opeth

 

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

3.71 | 461 ratings

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The Crow
Prog Reviewer
2 stars Twelfth album from one of my favorite prog-metal bands!

And after the mediocre Heritage and the better Pale Communion, my expectations with Sorceress were high. In addition, the band said that this album would be heavier and harder. That is not necessary if the quality of the music is fine, but's that was like a comeback statement. Moreover, that is always interesting.

But to my surprise, Sorceress is an strange and convoluted album which mixes ideas of the two previous works with some heavier influences from the past. And that makes the harder songs like Chrysalis and Era sound just wrong! We have riffs from the past, but without the growls and a Mikael trying to sound high pitched, like a some kind of Dio impersonator... Just wrong and inadequate.

I rather prefer the Pale Communion style, where the band improved the work made in Heritage despite being faithful to their new style. Sorceress is a sad failure in my opinion and a clear step back in their career.

Conclusion: Sorceress have some good ideas, a pair of good songs and great instrumentation, but it's overall a rather mediocre album only recommended to die hard fans the Opeth's last stage.

Best Tracks: The Wilde Flowers (Heritage style but better), Strange Brew (prog and cool) and Spring MCMLXXIV (very 70's prog rock with great Hammond organ)

My rating: **

The Crow | 2/5 |

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