|3. A Fair Judgement|
|4. For Absent Friends|
|5. Master's Apprentices|
|6. By The Pain I See In Others|
Strong songs include: Wreath & A Fair Judgement
Weaker songs: None
Wreath is a great way to jump right into the album with deep growls that blend well with the tone of the music. The guitar as usual is phenominal. This song does an excellent job of making the vocals loud enough to enjoy over the instruments, but not to loud that you can't catch the drum beats in the background and the guitar. I particularly like the phase around 1:47 from heavy guitar and growling to a slightly lighter tone that ends with a drum beat and an incredibly smooth transition that has no time lost.
The transition to Deliverance is so clean that I never picked it up the first few times listening to this album. I like the change up within the first quarter of this song from heavy to light. The end of the song does a great job of co-ordinating the drums and guitars on a beat. That's talent.
A Fair Judgement, one of the lighter, but not Benighted or Harvest tone does a good job of showing off Akerfeldt's lighter vocals with no growling at all. This song is loved by many of my friends who would not normally listen to Opeth because of the savage deep growls. This song has some amazing acoustic vocal and guitar combinations.
The calmest song on the album, For Absent Friends, is a bit repetitive if heard on it's own, but it does a great job of breaking up the album's heaviness. It is short, but holds some great acoustic guitar portions.
Master's Apprentice is great work. The begining lyrics, although don't have much meaning are great for the heavy attitude of the song.Read more ›
For one thing, Opeth gets a little heavier... not a bad thing, but they had to get a bit on the mediocre side as well.
Agh, Marty (drummer) relies too much on the double bass.
And the riffs, although still with Opeth flare, are closer to
just the plain metal riffs than ever before. And what the heck happened? Did Mikael put the guitar down for this album? Where are all the beautiful harmonizing dual guitars? Also, where is the emotion in this? All of Opeth's previous are pack jammed with emotion and a distinct feel to the music. And even if this band still feels like Opeth, it runs weak. And how about technicality? There is some prententious parts on here... like in Master's Apprentice with the broken chords... bad attempt there.
I loved Opeth for their feel and originality. And while this album still has it. It's incredibly deluted. But, if you're an Opeth fan. I'd buy this album for the collection! :)
"Wreath" is my least favorite track, mainly because of it's intense drums and its... Read more