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]
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.
The whole album consists of five wonderful songs and from those songs comes that unbeliavable energy that Opeth has as a progressive/death metal band. The shortest song on this brilliant album is 'Nectar' with ?only? 10:08 while 'Black Rose Immortal', which is my personal favourite song from them 'til today, lasts 20 minutes. All of these songs are perfect just the way they are.
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.
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.
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.
I have been listening a lot to this album in the last couple of days and I found myself unable to define its genre. I don't think it is Death Metal. It has extreme vocals, but the music something else. There are certain folk moments, Dark Tranquility-like riffs, and a Black Metal feel to it. But then I wouldn't really call this Progressive either. Totally vague right now.
Opeth's style is not consistant.
I would call
1) Morningrise, My Arms Your Hearse - Progressive Death Metal
2) Still Life, Blackwater Park - Post Death Metal
3) Damnation - Post Death Rock (correction : Post Rock)
Do you even know what post-rock is? Have you even tried thinking about the absurd genres you keep inventing and wrongly attributing on this forum? Have you tried to even listen to one post-rock song?
Here, take this as a lesson. Learn. You're lucky it's free. Oh wait no it isn't, it comes with a price: your credibility.
No...no...no. We're off topic enough and I am not going to continue talking about this...
A musical style/ genre is a general direction and it can be presented in many ways, you can't show a single video to bring everything into conclusion.
For example, (If you would like to call Damnation a Progressive album) Genesis is a progressive band but their presentation is different from Rush, Camel or Opeth (Damnation), we name them progressive bands as the traits are are from the same root eventhough their presentations are totally different.
As for the defination of Post Rock. I don't really deny Damnation is a Progressive Rock album as there are progressive elements in there, but there are too many Post Rock elements involved, actually already overwhelming those progressive elements therefore I think Post Rock is a better label (with or without vocals is really not an important factor). There is no right or wrong but which is more appropriate in one's point of view.
Lit. - 25.02.2015 at 21:30
>"We're off topic enough and I am not going to continue talking about this... "
>*Continues to talk about it.*
For example, (If you would like to call Damnation a Progressive album) Genesis is a progressive band but their presentation is different from Rush, Camel or Opeth (Damnation),
Lost it here. You do realise that Camel is probably Opeth's nrº1 inspiration band and the ammount of tribute they pay to them is staggering. There is TONS of Camel in Opeth's Proggier albums. Even Genesis is present in Damnation, the guitar style is very reminiscient of Steve Hackett.
Also, King Crimson doesnt have shit to do with Yes and they're both pillars in Prog Rock. What would you call them then? Flower Power Rock?
I'm begining to think you've never heard these bands in your entire life