Opeth - Morningrise


8.9 | 1316 votes |
Release date: 24 June 1996
Style: Extreme progressive metal

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01. Advent
02. The Night And The Silent Water
03. Nectar
04. Black Rose Immortal
05. To Bid You Farewell
06. Eternal Soul Torture [2000 reissue bonus]

Top 20 albums of 1996: 5
Top 200 albums of all time: 91

Line-up
Mikael Åkerfeldt - vocals, guitars
Peter Lindgren - guitars
Anders Nordin - drums
Johan DeFarfalla - bass

Additional info
Recorded at Unisound Recordings
Produced by Opeth and overseen by Dan Swanö.
Engineered by Dan Swanö.
Mastered at Cutting Room by Peter In De Betou and Opeth.
Cover photos by Tuija Lindström, booklet photos by Lennart Kaltea.
Layout by Timo Ketola.
Music by Mikael Åkerfeldt and Peter Lindgren.
All lyrics by Mikael Åkerfeldt.
The first edition comes with a sticker on the jewel case.

"Eternal Soul Torture" is a demo that was recorded in 1992 and includes some sections that were reused in the studio track "Advent" as well as "In Mist She Was Standing" off of the previous album Orchid. Also re-released in limited tin box in 2003.

Guest review by
marco
Rating:
10
Before we get to this album, I would like to get an answer to a rather difficult question. Exactly what is Opeth's style ? The riffs are similar to progressive, but Opeth also has death vocals mixed with clean ones and acoustic guitars, plus on top of that the whole album has a dark atmosphere that surrounds the listener each time he/she listens to it. Here you will find everything, aggression and emotion, calm and anger, heaviness and mellowness, everything in one song, yet never sounding like different parts, but always in a flow.

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published 18.09.2003 | Comments (23)

Guest review by
Talvi
Rating:
10
Actually, many people know Opeth. It is a love it or hate it band. You can love how the music flows without following typical structures. You won't expect those heavy riffs after the relaxing acoustic break. But you can hate how each song looks like some random riffs put together. Well, this review is from one who does love, at least, this album.

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published 22.07.2006 | Comments (27)

Guest review by
ToMegaTherion
Rating:
9.0
Many questions have been asked of the style and coherence of Opeth's music. Yet despite the debate and questioning Opeth remain one of the world's leading metal bands. The first of a long line of excellent albums by Opeth was released following their debut Orchid the year before. Morningrise is often regarded as the defining album for the band with a diverse range of sounds, often confusing in composition but nevertheless contrived expertly. It is an epic album full of epic songs, with elements of Death Metal and acoustic blues to mix things up. The album progresses and weaves through a barrage of riffs, solos and an undying unprecedented patience and passion for the music expressed by Mikael Akerfeldt.

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published 01.10.2009 | Comments (19)

Guest review by
andreosokin
Rating:
8.1
Morningrise is considered to be an iconic album for death metal fans, but the word iconic also applies to Opeth's history, because it certainly gave them that boost of popularity in the underground metal scene of the '90s. Just look at the album ratings on various music database sites and you'll see what impact it had on the listeners.

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published 01.11.2016 | Comments (10)

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11.04.2014 - 10:46
Rating: 9
mz
Written by deadone on 11.04.2014 at 08:52

Never understood appeal behind this one.

How is that even possible? ;p
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08.05.2014 - 12:18
Rating: 8
Paw!!
Written by musicalkaratekid on 02.01.2012 at 19:13

Probably my favourite opeth album of the 90's...so beautiful and epic with every song. The only thing i could say is that 'Nectar' is slightly weak compared to the other four songs, but even then its a brilliant song in its own way.

but...Nectar is good song
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08.05.2014 - 12:23
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Agreed. To me Nectar is actually the best track on the album.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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08.05.2014 - 12:39
Rating: 9
BloodTears
ANA-thema
Written by Mr. Doctor on 08.05.2014 at 12:23

Agreed. To me Nectar is actually the best track on the album.


Come on! We all know "The Night And The Silent Water" is the best song. Just my favourite anyway
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29

Like you could kiss my ass.
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08.05.2014 - 13:25
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by BloodTears on 08.05.2014 at 12:39

Written by Mr. Doctor on 08.05.2014 at 12:23

Agreed. To me Nectar is actually the best track on the album.


Come on! We all know "The Night And The Silent Water" is the best song. Just my favourite anyway


Nah, it's Nectar. Defnitely my personal favorite. I don't count To Bid You Farewell due to the huge difference in style. If I did, it'd be atie between those two.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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08.05.2014 - 17:00
Lit.
Account deleted
Newfound appreciation for this and the other pre-BWP Opeth albums. I definitely agree with Bloodtears on The Night And The Silent Water being the best.
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11.05.2014 - 21:48
Rating: 9
Maco
Black Rose Immortal, that's the song.
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I'm derp.
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07.08.2014 - 14:56
Rating: 9
NorthernDickhead
I can't understand why Eternal Soul Torture is in reissue album. That song sucks! However other songs are pure gold to me.
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Olen täys idiootti jätkä.
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01.09.2014 - 15:39
Rating: 10
stunner_300
"Morningrise" is probably my favorite Opeth's release
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01.09.2014 - 17:50
Rating: 9
Dima
Whattt you just said on the Blackwater Park page that it's closest thing to perfection and gave it a 10 yet you prefer this? Must be in the twilight zone.
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30.11.2014 - 19:53
Rating: 8
Toxik
Well i like it, but... i don't like as much people do. Actually prefer Deliverance
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05.12.2014 - 05:54
Rating: 7
LeKiwi
High Fist Prog
Written by Toxik on 30.11.2014 at 19:53

Well i like it, but... i don't like as much people do. Actually prefer Deliverance

I never understood the hate Deliverance gets...it's such a boss album
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05.12.2014 - 20:20
Rating: 8
Toxik
Written by LeKiwi on 05.12.2014 at 05:54

Written by Toxik on 30.11.2014 at 19:53

Well i like it, but... i don't like as much people do. Actually prefer Deliverance

I never understood the hate Deliverance gets...it's such a boss album

You're so right
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21.01.2015 - 04:58
Rating: 10
Psilopylot
Black Rose Immortal is an immortal inspiration, every Opeth album is a masterpiece. Crazy how they managed to pull it of so well every time. Well with a slight exception, Heritage and Pale Communion are pretty great but definitely not works of arts like these death albums.
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04.03.2015 - 22:51
Rating: 9
Bad English
Masterchief
Another remastered and bonus whit death metal sounds like demo, has this band ever recordet demos ??+
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I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
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05.03.2015 - 13:57
Rating: 9
Bad English
Masterchief
Good album, long songs, just like journey via music world, don't know where song starts and end, extreme parts mixing whit calm parts , 5 songs, it makes you lost time 10 mikes Black Rose Immortal 20 mikes long, feels like there are parts, still I think this band was much better until Still Life ... and to understand band you need listen albums from Alfa to zebra , from 1th to last .. easy if you was born 10 years before me and follow bands when its out, if you need listen now some cool bands all albums, hard it is but , I have been listening this band since 2003 something
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Life is to short for LOVE, there is many great things to do online !!!

Stormtroopers of Death - ''Speak English or Die''

I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
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17.05.2015 - 23:46
Rating: 9
Maco
I just came back here to say that this is better than everything they've done before and after (Including Still Life and Blackwater Park).
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I'm derp.
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18.05.2015 - 02:57
Rating: 9
mz
Let's start a new opeth fight.
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02.06.2015 - 17:00
Rating: 9
Alex F
yeah man
Written by Maco on 17.05.2015 at 23:46

I just came back here to say that this is better than everything they've done before and after (Including Still Life and Blackwater Park).

Probably my favorite of theirs as well. It's the only album by Opeth that I ever bother listening to anymore
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17.10.2015 - 06:53
Rating: 10
Soulhole
I wish they would play Nectar live!!
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27.10.2015 - 11:14
Rating: 9
Dima
The Night and the Silent Water is a wet dream of orgasmic proportions. I used to know it all on guitar but it's been years since my last playthrough. Makes me want to pick up the guitar again but I know i'll get mad when I face the reality that my fingers aren't quick enough to play it well and that I don't have time to improve. Fascinating how Mikael considered it one of his worst songs at first. Maybe the meaning behind the song brought back sad memories which affected his judgement. Overall I think the bass is one of the best things about this album. It's constantly poking its head through the mournful guitar riffs and melodies giving the whole album a more zesty feel, particularly on To Bid You Farewell.
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24.08.2016 - 09:11
Rating: 9
DeathMetal
Perfect lost in thought music.
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17.10.2016 - 15:43
Rating: 8
VIG
Best opeth album, and my favorite
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17.10.2016 - 21:43
Rating: 10
anathema_1977
I strongly second this. Perfect album.
So complex, so full of atmosphere.
I remember when I bought this first of my Opeth albums in 1996, this band was a complete noname to me (and my friends).
I was so overwhelmed by this album at my first listen.
Only several years later I discovered other excellent albums by them.
None ever made it up to beautiful Morningrise (though SL, Orchid, MAYH, BWP came close).
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