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Album Review: Opeth album scores Perfect 10

Peter W | Interrobang | Lifestyles | January 23rd, 2006



I'd just like to start off by saying that I scored Nine Inch Nails tickets and I'm going to brag. BOO-YAH!

Second of all, I'd like to let you know that the band that got the #2 spot on my Top Ten of 2005 list, Opeth, will be coming to The Drink nightclub in February with Dark Tranquility and the Devin Townsed Band. If you like metal or hard rock, make sure you get your tickets. If the In Flames show back in the summer is any indication on how packed the Drink will be, you'd better be safe than sorry and get tickets NOW. Hmm..speaking of Opeth…

Opeth

I kept hearing about this band, but was too lazy to ever take a listen to any of their tracks. Thanks to my buddy buying their newest release, Ghost Reveries, and putting in on while a bunch of us were having some drinks, I was instantly sold.

Ghost Reveries, Opeth's seventh album, continues to showcase their diverse style. They have strong death metal influences but mix it up with some prog-rock elements — think perhaps of heavier Tool or Dream Theatre. The nice thing about Opeth's music and this CD is how they can totally tone it down, bring up the keyboards and give the acoustic guitar some lovin' during their 10+ minute masterpieces.

The songs themselves are arranged in an epic style. There are some parts of the songs that will hold your hand and guide you peacefully, and then it will hit you like a punch in the head. You really never know where the songs are going to go on the first few listens, but you're never lost and NOTHNG in the songs or on the CD itself seems out of place.

You'll need the time to digest this new disc by Opeth just like any of their others. Most of the songs are eight to 12 minutes long, and to truly appreciate the work you'll have to listen to it over and over again so it sinks in. But giving their albums some extra attention will pay off; every listen has brought something new out for me and I can't get over how well written, performed and produced this opus really is. You're doing yourself a grave injustice if you don't pick this CD up. Hell, I went out and bought their Lamentations live DVD just to hear and see more (review coming soon). This CD gets a flawless 10 out of 10. Buy it. NOW!
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