Opeth
My Arms, Your Hearse


5.0
classic

Review

by Foodforthegods USER (35 Reviews)
April 19th, 2007 | 46 replies | 5,331 views


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The perfect mix of old and new opeth.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Opeth - My Arms, Your Hearse (1998)

Released 1998, Candlelight Records, Century Media
*Re-released 2000, Candlelight Records, Century Media

Lineup:

Mikael Akerfeldt (Vocals Bass and Guitars)
Peter Lindgren (Guitars)
Martin Lopez (Drums)

Tracklist:
1 Prologue
2 April Ethereal
3 When
4 Madrigal
5 The Amen Corner
6 Demon of the Fall
7 Credence
8 Karma
9 Epilogue
10-Cyrcle Of Tyrants*
11-Remember Tomorrow*

Opeth is now a band that doesn't need presentation. With solid releases such as Morningrise, Blackwater Park and Ghost Reveries, the band got the status of prog/metal kings. Their first releases, Orchid and Morningrise, were solid melodic death metal album. The songs were long, progressive, intricate and features some of the most epic metal you can't imagine. Their most recent albums, Blackwater Park, Deliverance, Damnation and Ghosts Reveries, shows the influence of the now famous british producer, Steven Wilson.
My Arms, Your Hearse and Still Life were a kind of mix between the two. Release in 1998, this record showed a more heavy and dark side of Opeth. Songs like ''Demon Of The Fall'' are now praised by the hardcore fans.

Like I said, this release is a bit more darker. You just have to imagine yourself as a character. A dark forest during the autumn will instantly come to your mind. As usual, the band uses death metal roots from band like Morbid Angel and Celtic Frost. Opeth also provides influences from bands like Camel, Deep Purple and Nick Drake. The mix is spectacular and this record is probably their best work if you talk about the songs structure. Morningrise was a bit lacking structure wise. I mean, some parts were really disconnected. In my opinion, what makes this album stands out from the others is the atmosphere. A dark, eerie atmosphere. All the songs are well connected and fits the lyrical concept. Now let's check it out track by track.

1-Prologue

This song is simply an appetizer. You'll feel this special autumn vibe. Soon, a hard piano chord will hit your spine and a sad melody will let you of your appetite. You're automaticly catch.

2-April Ethereal

This is in my opinion the best opener opeth had ever done. A fade in voice soon followed by the rest of the band. The riffs create such an awesome vibe. Mike's voice is at his peak. Especially during the «The rain was waving Goodbye'' part at 6:45. To my knowledge, this was the first song to feature a kind of Meshuggah-like riff at 6:00. The part at 3:40 is the first clean singing part of the record and I must say it's pretty well done. The solo is very melodic. The 4:43 part is something that Ghost Reveries and Deliverance were missing. A good melodic emotive passage. The Outro is a fantastic doomish deppresive part.

3-When

My personnal favorite. The intro features a clean guitar rythm. A fantastic growl will immediatly make a contrast. Martin Lopez double bass is a punch in the chest. The 1:26 is one of the highlights of this record. The drums make a good progression and the switch to clean vocals is just beautiful. Lindgren shreds one of his best solo. A beautiful melodic one. The middle part of the song is really evil and that's mainly beause of mike's deep growls and the evil rythm work. The next part is the headbanging madness. It's fantastic how a single chord riff can be good if it's well structure. Again, a fantastic melodic bridge is featured. The song slow down with an acoustic interlude. The outro part is another highlights. Mike's clean voice is so perfect and emotive.

4-Madrigal

This song is basically a guitar interlude. A rythm with delay is the base of the song. Some cool volume pedal thing leads directly to ''The Amen Corner''

5-The Amen Corner

The intro is stunning. This time Lopez decided to be groovier and let the double bass aside. A very deep growl lead's you to the first verse. This song is more metal. Mike's voice is still crushing. The 3:13 part is an amazing acoustic break. The guitar leads is also fantastic. The next part is a bit slower and heavier. The acoustic guitar under the riff is a cool thing to notice. This time their's a solo battle. A bit less melodic than when and April Ethereal. The Outro is one of the most epic thing opeth has ever done. This part is pretty intense. I mean, they're is something special coming from this part.

6-Demon Of The Fall

The most well know Opeth songs. It starts with some evil voices then band comes in. The intro is a hard headbanging part. Lopez is shining here. The verse are slow and evil. At the first time you hear Mikael deep voice you're stunned. This is so evil. The middle part is an acoustic break that leads into a hard hitting passage. Mike screams like no others in this part. The next part is straight death metal. A slow acoustic part comes to relax yourself. The outro is my personnal opeth favorite moments. This is so epic and beautiful. Mike's voice is so emotive and appealing. The melody is also wonderfull. That's what I call music my friend.

7-Credence

The mellow song of the record. It starts with a slow simple beat provided by Martin Lopez. It reminds me a lot to Slayer's Criminally Insane. Their acoustic guitar work is simply amazing. They should be more recognized as acoustic player. The bass line is also pretty cool. Mike's voice is as always amazing. Almost all the song is rooted on the main melody. The outro is clean guitar melody with a bit of flange over an acoustic fingerpicked rythm.

8-Karma

This is the last heavy song of the record and maybe the heavist. It's starts pretty quickly. You're automaticly thrown into a double bass and deep vocals frenzy. This is probably their best guitar work on this record. The riffs are complex and intricate. A cool, similar to April Ethereal, fade in vocal can be heard. Mike's voice is so deep. The acoustic part is well constructed and Lopez drumming is impressive. The time they decided to do a clean guitar solo. The outro is probably one of the most heaviest and evil thing Opeth as ever done. The last screams are so disturbing.

9-Epilogue

You could hear the deep purple influences on this song. It's an instrumental song in the same way of Ending Credits. A cool organ is also featured. Mike lead guitar work is just perfect. Every note he hits gives me goosebumbs. The outro is a twin guitar melody.A Fantastic closing song.


Overall: 5/5

Pros:
Mike's voice
Atmosphere
Lopez Drumming
Very Epic


Cons:

No mendez on this album
The production is not perfect



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Foodforthegods
April 19th 2007



425 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I hope I didn't make too much grammatical mistake.

Thor
April 19th 2007



10158 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You did in that comment. :lol:

This review was decent. I'm just not a big fan of track-by-tracks.

This album is also not worthy of recieving a 5/5. Even though Opeth is my favorite metal band, I just can't give it a classic rating. For starters, The Amen Corner and Credence have some boring moments in them. However, April Ethereal and Demon of the Fall are some of Opeth's best songs ever written.

You've got potential. Just keep reviewing, and try not taking the easy route with a TBT next time.

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jrowa001
April 19th 2007



8749 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

great review for an awesome album. every opeth album to me is at least a 4.5 just for their brilliance. BP and SL are the only ones that have a 5/5 cuz theyre my favs. OPETH are the greatest band ever. keep up the good reviews, maybe one day ill stop being lazy and write a review for something

Doppelganger
April 19th 2007



3124 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Actually, Ghost of Perdition is the best opener/song Opeth has ever done. This review was alright, I guess.

Angmar
April 20th 2007



2689 Comments


I agree with a lot of this, in fact this is my 2nd fav. Opeth album. Your review was ok for a TBT, but try an overall next time.

TheHamburgerman
April 20th 2007



1251 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

BwP has some good stuff, but I can't bring myself to rate it a 5.
Are you kiddin:p Every song on that album is a classic.


Decent review, I don't like t-b-t's

Flynn
April 20th 2007



44 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Decent review.

This is by far the most fully developed Opeth album to date. Not only did Mikael write all guitars, bass and vocals, but he got a nice lineup to help him in the process of making this epic abum. Although, Johan DeFarfalla was not present, he will be missed. His work on Morningrise will never be forgotten.This Message Edited On 04.20.07

SynGates
April 20th 2007



2467 Comments


This is one of my least favorite releases by Opeth, but still great nonetheless.

Yazz_Flute
April 20th 2007



18735 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nice review, this is my fourth favorite from Opeth. April Etheral is unreal, and Demon of the Fall is an ass kicker.

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antihippy
April 20th 2007



696 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

off topic, but i just want to say that the sites formatting is so screwed up i can't find where the contribute link is.

Mikesn
Emeritus
April 20th 2007



3709 Comments


This turned out better than I thought it would.

Also decent review.

Yazz_Flute
April 20th 2007



18735 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I couldnt find it either, but i just did and submitted my Awake review. IT's on the top right corner of the new reviews section on the home page. It simply sayd "add"

Mikesn
Emeritus
April 20th 2007



3709 Comments


Just go to the band page click Add Review

Yazz_Flute
April 20th 2007



18735 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

damn i didnt know that, that's way simpler cause you don't need to scroll down that huge ass list of bands.

Altmer
April 20th 2007



5652 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is Opeth's worst album.

Eakflanderyof
April 20th 2007



2143 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I haven't heard this album, but April Ethereal and Demon of the Fall are amazing.

Wizard
April 20th 2007



18757 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Descent review, but I would refrain from using lines such as 'the bass line is also cool'. I would be a bit more descriptive when you go to describe an instrument next time. Other than that, you have my vote. I always like track by track reviews because they are so easy to understand for anyone who is getting into a band or an album. Im not one of these people, but a good review should reach out to as many people as possible. Excellent album. Favourite tracks are Prolouge (interesting build for an opening song), April Ethereal, and The Amen Corner.

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Tarantino's Tarantulas
April 20th 2007



819 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is probably my joint favourite along with Blackwater Park and would be their best IMO if Karma was a bit better (I like it but I think its weaker than the other tracks). Then again, it was also my first Opeth album, so I'm naturally biased in favour of it. To FoodfortheGods: I agree, this is the perfect mix of Opeth's older and newer material. It's heavier than the previous two albums whilst maintaing their atmosphere and production.This Message Edited On 04.20.07

Foodforthegods
April 20th 2007



425 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I think my english gets a bit better. I'll continue to work harder.

Foodforthegods
April 20th 2007



425 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I think my english gets a bit better. I'll continue to work harder.



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