Opeth
Still Life


5.0
classic

Review

by yellowmomma USER (2 Reviews)
May 19th, 2007 | 73 replies


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist


Opeth breathes new life in heavy metal. They have since the day they started out as a band. Their first couple of albums were good, but Still Life changed things for Opeth. They weren't just a good band, they were a revolutionary group of musicians that were thinking outside of the box and conjuring some of the greatest metal of the past decade or so. Still Life, the band's fourth outing, is an example of this.

The album is a dark and mysterious ride that leaves you wanting more once the final second ends. One of the key aspects of Opeth are the vocals. Mikeal's vocals aren't just generic death metal vocals like that of Cannibal Corpse and the like. They are refreshing and excellent. When he does death metal vocals, he shines. It isn't just mindless growling. And even when the man does clean vocals, he shines. It's not like Trivium's clean vocals. And the musicianship is absolutely top notch. The guitar work is not like that of an average metal band. It is beautiful and melodic. The drumming and bass are superb as well, and they flow with the guitars perfectly. Mastodon's Blood Mountain has great musicianship, yet it goes all over the place. Still Life's musicianship flows very well.

The overall mood of the album is dark and gloomy. Every song has a highlight, and every song is an excellent track with unique and impressive moments that are immensely enjoyable. To single out just one track would be unfair to the others, because every single one of them is a breath of fresh and unexplored air for heavy metal. If I have to pick a few highlights, I would say The Moor and Godhead's Lament are my too favorites, because they are just big and epic masterpieces. However, like said before, every track is top notch.

The songwriting is also unique. Still Life is a concept album with a deep and elaborate story, dealing with love and death and many other subjects. It is about a man who is booted from his village for being openly atheist. He comes back to his village to see the love of his life, but she is married. I won't spoil it all for you, because the story is great enough to be made into a film.

This is my favorite Opeth album, with Blackwater Park being second. A classic of metal, and possibly the best metal album released in the past ten years. I highly suggest buying it, especially if you have never experienced the brilliance of Opeth before. These are their finest moments.

5/5


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    Powerful, beautiful masterpiece, my favorite album of all time....

    Justin Swope (4.5)
    Still Life is a detailed and powerful juxtaposition of the light and the darkness....

    J2e2c (5)
    There is not much to say in the summary other than: this is a genius prog-metal masterpiec...

    i want to mort. (5)
    One of the masterpieces of Opeth, rising to be one of their classics with its smoothness a...

  • TheAnalyzer (5)
    NEEDS MOAR OPETH...

    SadlyMisinformed (3)
    Unmemorable and frustrating at times, which is dissapointing considering the frightening a...

    Sean (5)
    Truly Opeth's most defining album. Still Life is an absolute masterpiece, which, in my opi...

    Jorn van Schaïk (5)
    If aliens landed on earth and asked us to show the best record for every genre, this is a ...

  • Kalle J. (5)
    Still Life for now may be just another album due for file sharing, but it will have an imp...

    Andrew Barr (MM8) (4.5)
    Next time you come to a fork in the road and you're not sure whre to go, think of this alb...

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Comments:Add a Comment 
Angmar
May 19th 2007


2689 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ok review, very short though, and could use another paragraph or so.

yellowmomma
May 19th 2007


37 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I was going to add another anyway.

Angmar
May 19th 2007


2689 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

do that, and i may pos' this.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
May 19th 2007


17944 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

idk i think its fine how it is

Slaapkamers
May 19th 2007


596 Comments


dark and mysterious

Angmar
May 19th 2007


2689 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yes it is elim, just deal with it.

edit- ok thats much better ill pos this.This Message Edited On 05.19.07

yellowmomma
May 19th 2007


37 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I added another paragraph. I read a short review for Quadrophenia and liked, so I may start doing short reviews.

Slaapkamers
May 19th 2007


596 Comments


this is about as dark and mysterious as an albino with his pasty white dick hanging out of his pants.

yellowmomma
May 19th 2007


37 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

^you failed at humor, slapkamers

Slaapkamers
May 19th 2007


596 Comments


hows life for ya

yellowmomma
May 19th 2007


37 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

suck it.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
May 19th 2007


17944 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

post ur opinions and all that hogwash. wadda you think of yellowmomma? i, persunelly, think he is lam.

yellowmomma
May 19th 2007


37 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I'm sorry I suck so much anus. =(

iarescientists
May 19th 2007


5863 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^you failed at humor, slapkamers

yellowmomma
May 19th 2007


37 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I'm sorry I suck so much anus. =(

yellowmomma
May 20th 2007


37 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

But there are others who do the same. So anyway, vote for my review.

Altmer
May 20th 2007


5652 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

ok review, slaapkamers should stop being chan II imo

kalkal50
May 20th 2007


2386 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sorry, this review reiterates things way too much, and starts comparing everything to just say one point. I think you missed out on many of the key factors about Opeth's music.

plane
Staff Reviewer
May 20th 2007


6099 Comments


ok review, slaapkamers should stop being chan II imo

you do know that's eliminator, right?

Altmer
May 20th 2007


5652 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

no, but he is acting like chan



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