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MORNINGRISE

Opeth

 

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

3.72 | 732 ratings

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zaxx
4 stars Maybe the most progressive Opeth album. The songs are long (and I mean *long*, not a single one below the 10 minute mark) with mood changing almost every minute, with heavy music then black metal vocals then acoustic music then clean vocals and so on... The vocals are similar to the ones on Orchid, nothing new here. Songs are maybe too similar to the ones on Orchid too.

"Advent" and "Nectar" are classic early Opeth. "The Night And The Silent Water" is a nice song, with a lot more clean voice than on previous songs (the mellow part is really beautiful here). "Black Rose Immortal" is the centerpiece: 20+ minutes of progressive extreme metal - starts with that strange metal riff with french folk influences (found that funny when I first heard it) and after a very heavy part (bleh) it simply stops and Mikael Åkerfeldt sings a cappella (yeah I would'nt imagine that on an extreme metal song, it's just unbelievable and the vocals are great too), followed by a very cool acoustic part before the music gets heavy again. "To Bid You Farewell" is the track I was waiting for from a band like Opeth: a mellow song, no growls, even when the distorted guitars come to play a heavier part toward the end of the song. A bit of relief after all that black metal trend.

Rating: 84/100

zaxx | 4/5 |

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