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|Opeth: A Band of Many Wonders|
Opeth is one of my favorite bands of all time. Their ability to blend so many genres and still rcrank out original, ass-kicking tunes is something that needs to be heard to be believed. rThere's 10 albums right now, with an 11th in the process of being made. And on that note, I rpresent my arrangement of the Opeth catalog, from most favorite to least. Note: this was a rdifficult list to make, since they're so consistent.
The peak of Lindgren and Akerfledt's music careers, this album has everything to offer for both close-minded metal heads and
the casual listener. Those who favor brutality can rejoice with many a song such as "The Leper Affinity", "Bleak" and the title
track, while those who enjoy the more softer side of metal will have a field day with cuts like "Patterns in the Ivy" or even
"Harvest". This 67-minute mammoth is the best way to bring in newcomers to the legend that is Opeth, and a must-have for the
"Still Life" improved on the foundation of past Opeth albums in 1999. The album's themes of love, death and the beauty of life
are well complemented by the sincere production and writing, and a fitting blend of beauty, brutality and originality. This 7-track
observation is only a fraction behind the breakout "Blackwater Park".
Breathtaking melodies, earth-shattering brute force, dynamic instrumentation, an epic scope, grade-A production values,
triumphant band chemistry, honest expression and expansive variety all mixed perfectly into every single track. Such tracks
are not limited to, but include "The Grand Conjuration", "Reverie/Harlequin Forest", "Soldier of Fortune" (yes, a cover of Deep
Purple), "Ghost of Perdition", and the jazzy, other-worldly "Atonement". On par with "Still Life" and "Blackwater Park".
My Arms, Your Hearse
One of the lesser known albums in the Opeth canon, and also one of the heaviest. The transitions between doom-laden riffs,
chilling cleans and dramatic melodies are handled with real sincerity. And the really somber lyrics only add to the sonic
whirlwind that is "My Arms Your Hearse", an album that put Opeth on the map as a promising force in heavy metal.
It may be the shortest and softest of the bunch, but "Damnation" features some of the best instrumentation from the band to
date, and also, the absolute best vocal delivery from Mikael Akerfeldt on any Opeth album. Not to mention, it has a really good
flow to it. Best tracks here are a no-brainer: "Closure", "Hope Leaves", "Windowpane", and the mellotron-laden finale
"Weakness". A clear inspiration by progressive rock albums of yesterday, the 7th chapter in the Opeth canon officially confirms
that the band has taken the rock/metal world by storm.
20-plus years of shaking up metal, and still going strong; "Heritage" is more jazzy and 70's inspired than past releases, but the
brilliance and complexity of albums past is still intact. The album also builds a fresh opportunity for the band to forge different
directions, and represents another adventurous chapter in their Opeth canon. Standout tracks include "The Devil's Orchard",
"Famine", "Folklore", "Slither", and "The Lines in My Hand". Just goes to show that being different isn't always a bad thing.
The album lives up to the typical Opeth standard of calm and heavy, albeit their desire to attempt stylistic changes may divide
some listeners. Standout tracks: "Coil", "Heir Apparent", "Hessian Peel", the jazzy "Lotus Eater" and extras like the all-Swedish
"Den standiga resan".
The title track itself is pretty much worth the full price of admission; the signature Opeth brand of beauty and brutality with just
enough mind-bending moments, and also one of the greatest outros I've ever heard in a modern metal album. Another strong
track on this album is the all-melodic "A Fair Judgement". While the other tracks are decent, they simply don't have the same
level of character from, say, "Still Life" or "My Arms, Your Hearse".
There's only 5 songs on the record and they're pretty long. Outsiders will not be familiar with this one compared to newer Opeth
titles, as this was recorded around the same time as "Orchid". However, the songs pack a punch, especially the 20-minute
"Black Rose Immortal" and the truly heartfelt "To Bid You Farewell".
The first, and least popular album in the Opeth canon, due in part to the low recording budget. But it still gets points for being
brutal, original and exciting. The band's unique blend of death metal and progressive rock attributes would only come to define
the band later on, setting the tone for future releases.
"and also the greatest outro I've ever heard in a modern metal album"
seriously why does everyone jizz over the outro to deliverance, its so boring its ridiculous
now the end of masters apprentices, thats a fucking outro
|Stopping reading after I saw which album was #1.|
Godamn the intro ain't bad, either. Immediate headbanging action.
|but that parts right so|
|4 and 6, wtf were u thinking bro|
|fuck yea kj one of their beefiest tracks, deliverance is a friggin snooze for the most part|
|No doubt. That Masters riff is so simple yet they make it so brutal somehow. One of absolute favorites by them. And yeah deliverance is a snoozefest generally.|
|wreath is good 2|
|wreath more like queef, apart from the main riff its a gd song though|
|yea, a touch long but still solid, by the pain is 3rd best|
|Leave it to kill to call "wreath" "queef" but then say yeah its good. |
|My Arms Your Hearse kicks Ghost Reveries ass|
|and Watershed is better also|
|sputnik. where every opinion is treated as a false statement.|
|Good to see 6 quite high up. 5 is 1 though and 9 and 10 should be much higher imo.|
|band is meh.|
|Agree mostly. Morningrise is maybe too low. Advent is awesome. Agree with the top 5 at least. |
|morningrise is OK, but it's their worst along with Heritage|
|who carez 5 is bestest|
|My Arms, Your Hearse is better than that!|
|9 should be a bit higher, and 8 would be last. Otherwise, correct|
|5 is 1 duh everyone knows this. fffff|
|i pretend everything after bp doesnt exist O_o|
|"morningrise is OK, but it's their worst along with Heritage"|
No way. Deliverance is easily their worst imo.
|Morningrise is actually one of my favourites.|
|yea it's top 3 easily|
|My Arms, Your Hearse definitely rocked, but the albums that came afterwards had better production.|
|"i pretend everything after bp doesnt exist O_o"|
That's too bad. They've improved a good deal since then.
|"seriously why does everyone jizz over the outro to deliverance, its so boring its ridiculous|
now the end of masters apprentices, thats a fucking outro"
|"seriously why does everyone jizz over the outro to deliverance, its so boring its ridiculous"|
|MAYH is 1|
|A Fair Judgement is so much better than every other song on Deliverance.|
|10 is 1, 9 is 2|
|oh come on. COME ON|
|3 be my fav. |