Before I recommend this album, I suppose I should give a word of warning to Death Metal fans. Opeth is NOT the usual death Metal. If you plan on buying Still Life (or any other Opeth record) thinking its a normal standard death album, you will be disappointed - or maybe pleasantly surprised. Opeth is much, much more.
Still Life is a concept album, about a man who is banished from his village, only to return and find his lover already married. The songs vary from extremely heavy riffs with superb death growls (such as on Godhead's Lament) to sweet acoustic melodies with clean vocals (Benighted). That is to many people a surprise, since many cannot imagine death growls and clean vocals in the same song. Yet Opeth manage that, to create songs with an electrifying, and at times soothing, atmosphere. That said, the songs might take some getting used to, since the transition from heavy riffs to acoustic guitars (and vice versa) may be a surprise to some people. The cover art is pretty good and the booklet features lyrics to the songs as well as pictures of the band. The lyrics in my opinion are an excellent description of the feelings of the banished man, and are some of the best lyrics I have heard for a while.
A recommended buy for anyone who appreciates melodious art.