I'm torn. Should I give this album 5 stars, as compared to every other band out there? Or should I compare it to their other albums and give it 4.5 stars? Compared to most bands, well, most bands simply do not compare with Opeth, period. As compared to their other albums "My Arms, Your Hearse" holds it own, but is less fluid and is at times jarring instead of powerful. When the gorgeous, slow song, "Credence," ends with a fade, the following song, "Karma," explodes unexpectedly leaving me with a nervous condition. However, most of the album shines, even by Opeth standards, and is certainly worthy of any music collection.