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Opeth - Morningrise

1996 Candllight Records :: Reviewed by rofreason on 2005-07-08

Another incredible album. More focus on melody this time, with dark, technical guitar lines over a constant stream of double bass. There is a non-linear feel thrown in as well, combined with a sense of maturity eminating from the band. The review for this would be similar to that of Orchid, except to say that I prefer this album. The opening riff blew me away, and it never let go. This is a must have for any fan of melodic death. Trust me, if you like Dissection, In Flames, Dark Tranquillity, you will love this album. <br><br> I just want to add a little to this review, as after a year, this is still a record that makes it's way into my player quite a bit. One of the reasons that this review is so short is that Opeth really defy classification, which is probably the central theme in every review you will read. There's is just something here which makes the tone so driving and emotional. The acoustic "breaks" aren't so much a "stop" in the metal tone but a bridge between the dark and the light. This is one of those few records were the more you say the less information you pass on. Get this and see for yourself why many consider Opeth to be forging a new direction in music.