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.Read 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.