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11.04.17 My Personal Ranking of Thrice’s Disco10.23.17 My Personal Ranking of Opeth’s Discog

My Personal Ranking of Opeth’s Discography

I’ve decided to go ahead and do this in lieu of reviewing Pale Communion and Sorceress, as I struggled to find much to say about Heritage, and that problem did not get better with the next two. Also worth noting is that this is not meant to be objective in the slightest, this is just how I feel about the albums at hand.

I have nothing to say about this album. It makes me irritable. I’ve already reviewed it. Let’s move on.
Pale Communion

Even less to say about this one. It’s only above Heritage because I prefer the production. Otherwise, it may as well be the same album.

This one actually has some songs I like (Will O the Wisp, The Wilde Flowers). But it then counters this by having the most boring Opeth songs ever.

I feel bad putting this one so low, but I just don’t listen to it a lot anymore. A fantastic album, but one I don’t return to very often.
Ghost Reveries

Another I feel bad about putting so low, but there’s only so many spaces at the top. A great album that has some of my absolute favorite songs, but for me, the latter half is a bit of a slog. I’ll get some heat for this, but I can only be honest:

Another I’ll probably get flack for, but this time for being so high. And I can only explain it by saying it has all the charm in the world. It sounds like a bunch of Iron Maiden fanboys got together to record death metal. It sounds youthful and exciting, and I love that.

The most interesting album of the group, to me. One I listen to a lot, and respect the hell out of, but one I have a bit of a disconnect with for whatever reason. It doesn’t prevent enjoyment at all, but it does keep me from liking it as much as my favorites.
Blackwater Park

The band’s biggest album, and where I started off with the band. Its luster has worn a bit, but not near enough to keep it away from my favorite albums of all time.

The Opeth album I have the most emotional attachment to. Moving and beautiful, and technically excellent in just about every way. A masterpiece.
My Arms, Your Hearse

These last three are pretty hard to narrow down, almost being interchangeable for me. But MAYH delivers a lot of my favorite Opeth songs, and a large emotional attachment, as well as my favorite vocals.

Cuz why not hit ‘em with some controversy? Anyway, I’ve listened to this album more than any other Opeth album. It’s my white noise album, I pretty much throw it on whenever I need to hear music, and it’s also one I listen to a lot when I’m sad, as the harsh soundscapes complement that pretty well for me. Underrated, but I understand why most people wouldn’t put it this high.
Still Life

A masterpiece. Every song is flawless. It has my favorite everything from Opeth, except vocals (which are still fantastic, I just prefer the MAYH approach in that field). Favorite Opeth song (The Moor), favorite production, favorite song structures, favorite way that the songs flow, favorite instrumentation. It’s just real good. More than earns that 4.5 average user rating.
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