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Still Life (Double Special Edi [NTSC, Special Edition]

Opeth Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
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Disc: 1
1. The Moor
2. Godhead\x{2019}S Lament
3. Benighted
4. Moonlapse Vertigo
5. Face Of Melinda
6. Serenity Painted Death
7. White Cluster
Disc: 2
1. The Moor
2. Godhead\x{2019}S Lament
3. Benighted
4. Moonlapse Vertigo
5. Face Of Melinda
6. Serenity Painted Death
7. White Cluster

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2008 CD/DVD special digipack book edition including 5.1 surround mix of this classic 1999 Opeth album. The critically acclaimed Still Life features `Face Of Melinda' filmed live in London. The artwork has been re-worked by original designer Travis Smith. Still Life was Opeth's first outing for Peaceville. Blessed with renewed enthusiasm, the band delivered yet another flawless gem of an album. Like My Arms, Your Hearse before it, Still Life was recorded at Gothenburg's famous Studio Fredman under the watchful eye of engineer Fredrik Norddtrom.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Metal Brilliance July 5 2004
Format:Audio CD
First off, before i start an impartial review, I LOVE OPETH. they are my favorite band of all time at this moment, and have been now for roughly 3 years. that being said....
With 2000 roughly approaching, everyone had in mind a good canidate for album of the millenium. Many would say its the Black Album, or the White Album, or even the Brown Album (Primus fans love it, do you?) but one album shines through all the gems and gives these classic albums a run for their money.
Am i calling Still Life album of the millenium? Nah. i dont have such a bold claim, i am a lover of too many bands and too much music to display such favoritism toward any one release that is to sum up a time that perhaps like Still Life, has seen rises and falls, just like the rough deathy raw Opeth so darkly contrasts the jazz and acoustic laden Damnation style Opeth.
You see both on Still Life, in seperate measures too. You can see how Opeth became legendary thanks to albums like Morningrise and My Arms Your Hearse because of the sheer brutality that songs like "The Moor" and "Moonlapse Vertigo" possess. But secondly you bear witness to an evolution of sorts, where Opeth finally decided that they would mold their craft with more experimental material. You can see it in the latter track, the jazz/rock riff at the 5 minute mark is not a new aspect of Opeth's winning formula, just one that they finagle around with a bit more.
Another aspect of this disc that cannot be overlooked is the sheer beauty in anguish that the two acoustic laden tracks, "Benightened" and "Face of Melinda" offer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My second favourite Opeth album June 27 2004
Format:Audio CD
Having read many of the reviews already posted I see that there is no point in me writing yet another review gushing about how amazing this band is so I'll try and keep this one short.
I personally rate this album as Opeth's second best after Morningrise. It represents the peak of the style that sounded a little unrefined on "My Arms Your Hearse" and a little tired IMO on "Blackwater Park". Some of the melodies and riffs on this album are just breathtaking (sorry I know I said I wouldn't gush ;) )
I would like to also make a response to the reviewer who states that Opeth are good at "microcomposition" and not "macrocomposition" as I believe that this is a somewhat valid point. I do sometimes feel that on some of their songs Opeth have difficulty moving between radically different passages with ease but that is a criticism that I would level more at some of their other albums as I feel that they do so very well on here. Moonlapse Vertigo is one of my very favourite Opeth "songs" (as in from start to finish) and is beautifully crafted. Although this "disjointed" problem does prop up occasionally on all Opeth's albums I feel that it is a small price to pay for the excellent style that the band has developed and for the most part I think that it is this wandering style that many people like about the band and why so many put "Morningrise" (which has next to no repition) at the top of their list as the band's best. I personally feel that it does not detract from my enjoyment of their music very much at all.
At the end of the day anyone who is a fan of metal should at the very least give this one a few spins.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chef d'oeuvre April 20 2004
Format:Audio CD
The compositions show the progressive influence that's so affluent within their artistic trajectory. The ambiance pervading this album is that of somber melancholy. A lugubrious tale about a man being exiled from a town and his beloved Melinda only return to her and find out her promise is made to another, though I won't reveal the ending. TAKE NOTE: If you listen closely to "The Moor," about 9 or 10 minutes into the song, when it quiets you can hear a sigh. Now this sigh was not Mikael or any of the other members. They recorded the vocals for that song at night while not a body was around outside the studio. Very mysterious indeed. Anyway, each track is a masterpiece and "Face of Melinda" is their best all-clean vocal track. P.S. I saw them play "The Moor" live at Graceland in Seattle, it was there first time performing that song live and it just happened to be my favorite song of theirs, emotionally powerful live band. In addition, good lyrics accompany their majestic music and they're music lovers, not just metal heads. Down-to-earth lads. I highly recommend this album to real music lovers not just metal heads. My personal favorite Opeth record to date.
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3.0 out of 5 stars good, but not great April 5 2004
Format:Audio CD
Opeth is being hailed by so many people as the best heavy band of our time that I imagine the expectations for them are much higher than others in their genre. I know my expectations were pretty high when I first sampled this cd and I'm sad to say they were not met. Opeth is a very skilled group and work very hard at what they produce, but efforts like "Still Life" don't seem worthy to me of the legendary mystique that surrounds them.
Let's start with the strengths of "Still Life." The guitar tracks are beautifully layered into the music. I'm as big a fan of simple and straightforward guitars as anyone, but it's wonderful to hear this kind of complexity done so well. The acoustic work especially stands out: "Benighted" and "Face of Melinda" have some of the best acoustic music I've heard from any band lately. Mikael Akerfeldt's voice can be sweet without losing its strength, and when the music requires the death metal half of the band's personality, his guttural vocals are serviceable. The band are certainly open-minded and creative with their music: the 70s prog sound meets goth/death metal sound is an unlilely combination that works fairly well.
Unfortunately, the album is pulled down by several aspects that the positives can't fully rise above. Many of the songs just overstay their welcome: they have strength, but not enough to carry them through their often seven-minute-plus lengths. The music can often be intricate to a fault-- the riffs can start to meander all over the place or sound too melodramatic. Some of the heavier sections of the album are just plain overdone and cheesy. The lyrics could be better as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars best album ever but came already damaged....
the best opeth album ever this is a masterpiece but when i receaved it the bootlet was ripped off. Im not satisfied with the transaction but the album is amazing
Published 12 months ago by simon
5.0 out of 5 stars Opeth - Still Life (Vinyl)
One of my all time favorite bands, waited a while to get this on LP, but it was well worth the wait! This is the album before their breakthrough Blackwater Park Album. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Joel Andrews
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth it... with some work
This special edition will blow away your original cd version if you're willing to do some work. The original cd didn't sound very good at all and this package here comes with the... Read more
Published on Sept. 11 2010 by Chris Iliou
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
As a huge Opeth fan, this album is definitely in my top 5, maybe even top 3.
The combination of death growls and clean singing vocals is something not very common in a "death... Read more
Published on Nov. 15 2009 by J. Findlay
5.0 out of 5 stars Metal band of the past decade.
still life is a unbelievable album, from the moor to white cluster, everything fits perfectly
Published on Dec 6 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars My Second Favourite Opeth Album EVER!
This is a concept album and a sad one. Which is right up Opeth's alley. It's about a lost love named Melinda, of a man kicked out of town and so on. Read more
Published on April 25 2004 by djhexane
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
It's hard to describe in words how brilliant Tool is. You really just have to listen to them and discover it yourself. Read more
Published on April 12 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Falls short of the hype
Opeth is being hailed by so many people as the best heavy band of our time that I imagine the expectations for them are much higher than others in their genre. Read more
Published on March 29 2004 by Roger FitzAlan
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just a cd, an experience.
Wow this cd is awesome. It's fine classical guitar segments are nice and humble. Then it explodes into its full rock session. These guys are truely incredible musicians. Read more
Published on Feb. 25 2004 by t
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