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Opeth - Ghost Reveries
Posted by Ted Barnes on 01-Dec-05 @ 11:33 AM

[5] Not to be snobby or anything, but you can't really be a casual Opeth fan. It takes enough work as a listener just to get past the band's epic song lengths, let alone digest their late-period Pink Floyd overtones, before you even get to the meat of their songs; and from there you're hit with a study in contrasts that's just as polarizing: a tightrope walk between the mannered, virtuosic, European-classical bent of '70s progressive rock and the growling, unhinged kaboom of modern black metal. All of which are present in spades throughout Ghost Reveries, Opeth's seventh full-length and Roadrunner debut -- which, as anyone who tried to play the band's twin 2002 albums, Deliverance and Damnation, simultaneously may notice, sounds like those discs' best moments woven into one 67-minute opus. Which means you've got eight (really long and) beautifully produced songs that offset Damnation's crystalline acoustic delicacy with the harsh, distorted firestorm of Deliverance -- which means, if you've made it this far, you're being brought back full circle to the same Opeth fans of this genre have been trying to convert you to for the past 10 years. So, um, congratulations, and welcome to the club. (ROADRUNNER) Aaron Burgess

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