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Is This The Most Comprehensive Retrospective Of Opeth's Music Ever?
Posted on Tuesday, August 01 2006 @ 09:53:30 CDT by Duncan Glenday
Progressive Metal

Apparently Steven Wilson once said that the future of Prog Rock is in Metal. Whether Wilson said that or not - it's true.

But not just any metal. We'll have to invent a new genre description for the music we're talking about here. Progressive Metal would have been the perfect moniker but that term has already been adopted by the Dream Theaters of the world. Perhaps we could call it nu prog.

A number of metal artists are evolving way past metal. Acts like Orphaned Land, Kayo Dot and Green Carnation have moved us beyond metal into something that is a fascinating new combination of heavy, death, doom, and black metal, combined with acoustic and folksy music, tinges of jazz, electronica, and space music, and yes, symphonic prog. The whole brew is masterfully blended with the traditional elements of progressive music - wonderful musicianship, complex structures with little evidence of the verse/chorus/verse format, and long songs that move through interesting shifts in tempo, time meters and keys. This stuff is really progressing - in the truest sense of the word - probably faster and in more interesting ways than any other genre.

Opeth is at the forefront of this movement, and they have achieved something that has escaped almost every other prog-whatever outfit: They actually sell! They fill venues across the world, and are beginning to find acceptance in music's mainstream. On the one hand, any modern-day headbanger will appreciate their blend of death metal growls and ripping double-bass, and the bone-hard distorted riffs. On the other hand, there are long sections of elegant, mellow music that could have emanated from Camel - which was band-leader Mikael Åkerfeldt's favorite 1970s prog band.

The staff at Sea Of Tranquility has taken the time to review Opeth's entire back catalog. Click here for a full list of these reviews, which collectively amount to 16,000 words and constitute one of the most comprehensive retrospectives of Opeth's music, anywhere, ever.



Click on each item to see the review.

Year Album Reviewer Rating
1995 Orchid Pete Pardo
1996 Morningrise Murat Batmaz
1998 My Arms, Your Hearse SoT Archives
1999 Still Life Murat Batmaz
2001 Blackwater Park Pete Pardo
2002 Deliverance Duncan Glenday
2003 Damnation Steve Pettengill
2004 Lamentations (DVD) Jedd Beaudoin
2005 Ghost Reveries Pete Pardo

Year Item By
2004 Interview With Mikael Åkerfeldt Duncan Glenday
2005 Opeth's ''Ghost Reveries'' Chart Positions Revealed! Pete Pardo
2005 Opeth, Nevermore, and Into Eternity at Webster Hall in NYC Pete Pardo
2006 Opeth at Yenimelek Concert Hall in Istanbul, Turkey Murat Batmaz



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