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Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

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5 stars This is the first Opeth album in their line of great albums, I think it is better than the rest because of this itself and the things that come with it. It is raw and real.

Lets look at some examples:

The riffage on this album is phenomenal only challenged on Blackwater Park. Advent has the most A+ quality riffs put in sequence one after another than any other song I know of. all the riffs are detailed and may only be rivaled by 'The Funeral Portrait' off of Blackwater Park.

The acoustic riffs are unlike anything you could get from any other serious black metal bands, they are intricate, even sharing melodies between the dual left and right guitars.

Akerfeld's voice is not as quality as it is on 'My Arms Your Hearse' or 'Ghost Reveries', but it has a certain raw voracity that goes along quite well with the sound quality of the whole production. It fits very well.

I personally like the raw sound the album brings forth and enjoyed listening to 'Eternal Soul Torture' despite the questionable songwriting skills. The harsh quality is more real and less processed, more virgin and less bored and corporate. It is something to get used to, but in progressive music, what isnt something to get used to?? There is much more enery in this album, it is one of the 3 that was actually all written down before the studio (Orchid and Reveries). The band is fresh and less formula.

The 20 so minute epic 'Black Rose Immortal' is one of the best songs in existance, only to be compared to 'Echoes' by Pink Floyd. In my opinion it is better, including more ideas and creativity that come with the 30 years in production time differance. The 5 minutes of soft, serene acoustic guitars and mild voices greatly balanced out by the harsh vocals (yet another acquired taste) and more heavy parts.

I cannot find any flaws in this album (not including 'Eternal Soul Torture' which isnt really part of the album.) It took me about 5 listens to really understand, but since then and since learning the riffs on my own, I would consider it Opeth's best work yet.

It may not work well as background music, but music is best when actually thought about. Give this album a try, if you listen to it with an open mind, you will find something in it for you.

cococolajourney | 5/5 |


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