Opeth
Still Life


5.0
classic

Review

by Benny243 USER (1 Reviews)
November 8th, 2014 | 39 replies


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Powerful, beautiful masterpiece, my favorite album of all time.

Still Life. An absolute journey, an atmospheric, beautiful album of pure greatness. I could just go on and on giving adjectives on what I think of this album...but let me just go through each track.

The Moor: This song starts out with a little minute and a half ambient build up of guitar notes that work perfectly as an intro, and show that with this song specifically you're up for a progressive adventure. Followed by a well placed acoustic section, this song then goes right into the heaviness with great powerful riffs, lyrics that start the loose yet great story of the album throughout most of the song. The first appearance of clean vocals is a part I truly love. Personally I think Mike's best clean performance is on this album, (though that might be because of how much I just love this album). The song eventually goes into a soft part, using great guitar chords, and great playing making the acoustic passage in the song truly amazing. All in all The Moor is a great progressive metal song, building up, getting heavy, and going soft again then ending with heaviness. A simple yet great song structure if you ask me.

Godhead's Lament: After the great time changes and journey of The Moor, this song jumps right in with great riffs, and death metal awesomeness. Also going into a softer section, Godhead's Lament is simply another great song.

Benighted: After two 10 minute death metal epics, Benighted takes it back with great acoustic playing, a beautiful atmosphere, and just a blueprint for how to do an acoustic song right, and unique, not just falling into the category of another acoustic song.

Moonlapse Vertigo: 2 heavy songs, a light one, now Moonlapse Vertigo perfectly blends the heaviness with the soft, and at 8 minutes, it's not too long yet just long enough for Moonlapse Vertigo to be a simply great song.

Face Of Melinda: Somewhat of a twist in the album (Though Still Life is definitely not predictable or generic), Face Of Melinda adds some jazzy elements and bass playing in the first half, continuing the story, and eventually going into a great heavy second half with a great main riff, overall another amazing, memorable song.
Another thing I wanted to mention, how memorable and different each song is from each other.

Serenity Painted Death/White Cluster: Ending the album with 2 more epics, Serenity Painted Death, and White Cluster are great songs with heavy and soft sections, ending an amazing album, great songwriting, great riffs, great well placed solos, great lyrics, and overall great songs.

Finally, Still Life is my favorite album of all time, filled with atmosphere, great and memorable songwriting, great production and sound, overall just amazing everything, a masterpiece if I've ever seen one.


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    Shredzilla (5)
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Comments:Add a Comment 
tempest--
November 8th 2014


20633 Comments


who approved this garbage

BMDrummer
November 8th 2014


14646 Comments


dude never write a tbt ever

Faraudo
November 8th 2014


3299 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Uh oh, he's new around here.

zaruyache
November 8th 2014


21655 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

track-by-track reviews are generally discouraged here. Also, you don't really describe the album, or songs individually, very well. I get that these songs have great riffs and progressive structures, death metal vocals, acoustic parts, etc., but what do they sound like?

Digging: Blue Noise - Everyone Goes Away Eventually

trackbytrackreviews
November 8th 2014


3407 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

dude never write a tbt ever




what the fuck




titanslayer
November 8th 2014


2713 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Review isn't that great but I'm feeling generous, pos

Jasdevi087
November 8th 2014


5848 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You guys shouldn't be negging a first time review. That being said you shouldn't be giving out pos' to a track by track.

Digging: clipping. - There Existed an Addiction to Blood

Necrotica
November 8th 2014


10631 Comments

Album Rating: 3.6

Track by tracks are fine when done right, but this is certainly no Bartender-level TBT work

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
November 8th 2014


11752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

[2]



And dude, there are other words for 'great', you really don't need to use it 50 times to describe everything. Review is really lazy, it seems like after taking a half-decent shot at writing something for the first track you lost all your enthusiasm and slapped together shoddy descriptions of the rest, going so far as to combine the last two (completely different) songs in a single description. Put some effort in, google synonyms for 'great' and;



"I could just go on and on giving adjectives on what I think of this album"



if you change 'adjectives' to 'descriptions', that's what this review should've been



"...but let me just go through each track."



this is partly where you fucked up

Digging: Lindemann - F & M

Asdfp277
November 8th 2014


21822 Comments


lmao @ trackbytrackreviews

Tunaboy45
November 8th 2014


16811 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

An Opeth track by track, oh boy.

You don't go in depth enough with the tracks, you just keep saying they're "heavy". Just because

something is heavy it doesn't mean it's a "masterpiece".

zaruyache
November 8th 2014


21655 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Necrotica how did you give this a 3.6 when you're not staff what is this witchcraft I want one too!

Ryus
November 8th 2014


18089 Comments


i guess those are just his old ratings from when he was staff

trackbytrackreviews
November 8th 2014


3407 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

That 3.6 is blasphemy

Snake.
November 8th 2014


21818 Comments


they are

zaruyache
November 8th 2014


21655 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Apostates represent



facupm
November 8th 2014


11430 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

3.6 what

Necrotica
November 8th 2014


10631 Comments

Album Rating: 3.6

It's more than great but not quite excellent

Aftertheascension
November 8th 2014


3565 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is their least heavy 'metal' album lol. Oh, and stop tbts.

ExplosiveOranges
November 8th 2014


4408 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

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