GR might not be as heavy as these 2 albums, but it sure has the upper hand on them as far as the music goes. Isolation Years Isolation Years. From Opeth’s point of view, this kind of inconsistency must be infuriating, since they clearly did have some golden ideas, just not someone with an objective vision to decide what was suitable. All dispatched with 1 – 3 working days from the UK. I absolutely die of listening opleasure as the track ends abrubtly with some great synthed piano keys running together to produce a very chillingly wonderful sound. Ghost Of Perdition – Starts off with slow guitar intro, really tricked me at the first time I bought this album: This is the single heaviest song on the album and has a horrifyingly awesome main riff.
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Vocals are great, sort of haunting. When one finds it, especially if it is present in a genre as pretentious and self-indulgant as prog rock, it must be praised and complimented. Really, this album doesn’t let up until the beautifully relaxing Feveries.
It’s so enjoyable, I can tell you! Per Wiberg’s keys also help to create this proper and original retro ambient mixed with the usual Opeth’s technical death metal. Ghost Reveries is flawless. Hours of Wealth and the beautiful almost ballad type track Isolation Years also really stick out. The songs give the album some nice atmosphere, and make the album a very diverse thing. Gentle vocals are so peaceful here, with a sweet melody and soulful reflective lyrics; “Looking through my window, I seem to recognize, All the people passing by, But I am alone, And far from home, And nobody knows me.
You could put this guy beside the likes of Jeff Buckley or Thom Yorke.
Ghost Reveries – Wikipedia
Bipolar does not only define Opeth’s characteristic sound. There are a few bits that returns the Opeth spirit, and some bits that just haunts the spirit away. This album also marks the first and I guess last album where Martin Lopez’s drums strike me as interesting and creative.
Nothing to complain about! Oddly enough, your CD counter will count backwards here, perhaps to separate “Reverie” from “Harlequin Forest”. This breaks into a black opeht inspired epic riff, with eerie keyboards and constant double-bass kicks combined with Mikael’s ever-asskicking death vocals. Once again, musically, this is a masterpiece.
There’s about six minutes of good material here, dragged into ten. I was expecting more reverles vocals but most of this is actually the opposite. I am a big fan of Spiritual Oopeth too, and when I heard about this man joining Opeth, I could only agree!
I can’t give it five stars because it has some weak moments, specially Beneath the Mire and Hours of Wealth Not that this is necessarily a bad thing, can just sound weird or cheesy. The yhost riffs remain very similar to the gbost featured on the other albums of the band; The Baying of the Hounds probably is the best song of the bunch riff-wise, mainly thanks to the explosive beginning.
The climax of the song is when Mikael screams after the solo section.
Secondly, the tendency to extend songs past their lifetime on Deliverance has been kept here, though to not such a crippling degree. This death-polka segment, almost remniscent of Finntroll, continues for about two minutes, then the organ continues while Mikael’s vocals shift gears and we get some excellent harmonious verses – “you are are everything, they are nothing”.
This song is perfect to be played live! Okay, let’s see, ‘Ghost of Perdition’: The chorus is simply Mikael hitting a beautiful, high sustained note and Per complimenting him on the mellotron. The amount of variations in these songs is where you can compare it to Orchid and Morningrise.
A genuine Beauty and the beast, and I love the innovative structure and killer riffing. Ghost of Perdition and The Baying of the hounds have both more than one memorable riff, but nothing here can surpass the main riff of The Grand Conjuration. The Grand Conjuration is an example of how the drumming is so good, I mean, Lopez doesn’t try anything ultra-technical there, but the drum work sounds so EVIL, if you know what I mean.
I have my doubts about the solo though. Forget that all but 2 songs were written in open tuning, something that Akerfeldt and Lindgren had not done on past recordings cause this met that the solos had to be done in open tuning as well. The sound of this album really varies a lot.