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Ghost Reveries [VINYL]

Opeth Vinyl
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In a metal scene glutted with traditionalists and bandwagon jumpers, Opeth continue to create epic, iconoclastic music, inventing the rules as they go along. From the jazz-inflected rhythms and acoustic embellishments of their 1994 debut, Orchid, to the Middle Eastern flavors and stoner metal riffs of 2001's Blackwater Park, these Swedes continue to venture where others couldn't fathom ... Read more in Amazon's Opeth Store

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  • Vinyl (29 Aug 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Roadrunner
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 773,096 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ghost Of Perdition
2. The Baying Of The Hounds
3. Beneath The Mire
4. Atonement
5. Reverie/Harlequin Forest
6. Hours Of Wealth
7. The Grand Conjuration
8. Isolation Years

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly Perfect 8 Oct 2008
Format:Audio CD
How I see it, there are three top Opeth albums, and I'm hard pressed to pick a favourite. 2001's Blackwater Park is often considered the benchmark release, and is certainly definitive in terms of their sound. 2005's Ghost Reveries sees the band at their most diverse, and this year's Watershed is overflowing with moments of absolute sonic perfection. Seeing as its still 2008, I'll plump for Watershed for the time being. But there's no doubt that every time I revisit Ghost Reveries, I end up doubting myself.

The last album to feature the so-called classic line-up of Akerfeldt, Lindgren, Lopez and Mendez, aided by one Per Wiberg on keys, Ghost Reveries is a perfect, and I don't throw that word around lightly, swansong for those departing players, Martin Lopez and Peter Lindgren. Indeed, their work on here is without doubt the finest of their respective careers. The guitar work in particular stands out on this Opeth release, each and every song filled with luscious passages, varied playing styles, intriguing rhythm and lead sections: basically, plenty to make the CD worth any serious metal guitarist's time. Lopez' drumming too has never been better, most noticeable on tracks "Harlequin Forest" and slow-burner "The Grand Conjuration". His work on the latter song is a masterpiece of understatement balanced with sheer power, at once both timid and majestic. As and when his varies capabilities are needed, he never fails to impress.

As for those still in the fold, the praise comes just as readily. Mikael Akerfeldt is without question the best singer in all of music today. As a metal vocalist, he belongs to a select group who practice a style which is both as grim as they come and perfectly intoned and comprehensible.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 21 July 2006
By C. Lazo
Format:Audio CD
Opeth to me are one of the few bands who really provide a musical experience which is unique, moving, breathtaking and dark all at the same time. I really believe that their musicianship is of a level second to none. Anyway, this album is beautiful, from the crushing and gorgeous Ghost of Perdition (which by the way i would put up there with Lepper Affinity, Demon of the Fall, Drapery Falls,etc) to the simple, stripped down, yet incredibly moving Isolation Years. The album has got a slightly different feel to other albums, theres more 'clean' singing than before but the awesome death metal vocals Mikael delivers are still there. I read in some reviews that Opeth should stick to more clean singing, the point is that Opeth are a progressive Death Metal band, so the main vocal style will allways be the Death Metal vocal(the grunts), this may take time to get used to but believe me, when u do you wont want it any other way!!! so in my view the clean vocals are the calm amongst the main storms of death metal voicings rather than the other way round. Anyway, buy this, it really is incredible, ive got everything from Morningrise onwards (i'll be getting orchid soon)

and I believe this album to be as complete and as beautiful as any of them, i might change my view in time;who knows; but for the time being I am immersed in this beautiful creation. GO GET IT!! (FAV tracks at the mo: Ghost of Perdition, Baying of the Hounds, Harlequin Forest, Isolation Years)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A step forwards, at last!!! 1 Mar 2008
Format:Audio CD
A lot of people don't seem to love this album. I can't say why. Ghost Reveries is for me, the best album Opeth released since Morningrise (but sounding completely different ofcourse).

I believe that Ghost Reveries is a big step forward for Opeth, the step that they should take several albums earlier. For example, Still Life, Blackwater Park and Deliverance sound so similar to my ears. But Ghost Reveries is so different than their previous records.

First of all, they tuned down their guitars 2 full steps in all songs. For non-guitarists, this means that this album sounds heavy! Well, almost all Opeth albums sound heavy, but this one sounds strangely heavy. There is a mysterious feel through all songs that I would define as... ghosty! Hence the title.

Mikael's brutal vocals are heavier than ever, while clean vocals are prettier than ever! They really do! I believe there are more clean vocals in this record than any other Opeth record (apart from Damnation ofcourse).

Favorite songs? Well, pretty much all! I could choose 2 or 3, but this wouldn't do justice to the rest. But let's just say there are very good chances you'll find YOUR personal favorite Opeth song in Ghost Reveries.

Mikael, you set the bar very high once again! Can't wait for the new album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ^_^ 2 Sep 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Fantastic album, my favourite band, never fail to deliver time and time again.
Love the album artwork produced as well
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Album I've Been Waiting For... 28 Feb 2007
By Bassman
Format:Audio CD
Every so often you play an album for the first time and you just know that you are going to get the same euphoric feelings everytime you hear it. Ghost Reveries is such an album.

It is like Opeth have taken all the best rock music of the past 35 years and mixed it up into a coherent whole without once sounding derivitive. The composition is astounding, the musicianship is likewise excellent and the overall sound of the album is wonderful.

About as good as music gets.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Album
Ghosts of Perdition alone is worth the asking price, add in The Baying of the Hounds and Reverie/Harlequin Forest and you've got yourself a great album. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Death
5.0 out of 5 stars A quintessentially great album that completely blew me away
Ghost Reveries is simply one of the best albums Opeth ever released, if not THE best one ever, this is what really got me into Opeth. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mr. A. J. Tennant
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, Dark, Atmospheric, Heavy, Soft, Beautiful
Wow when I put this album on I was amazed it was my first Opeth album and I LOVE it, its dark mysterious beautiful, Crushing, Atmospheric and more, I is quite diverse and has... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Cubby Kovu
5.0 out of 5 stars Reviewwww!
Bought this for my friend for christmas and he loved it! So thats a five stars from me! :D Enjoy your purchase if you get it!
Published on 4 Jun 2012 by Izzie
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars
If you are into progressive metal, then this is a must have!

Excellent album, well played, very consistent from a to z! :D
Published on 31 Oct 2011 by Nuno Ferreira
5.0 out of 5 stars musical phenomenon
Absoloutely immense. Possibly opeth's best ever, and that's saying something. If you like the eerie/jazzy/groove metal side to opeth then this compresses it all into an amazing... Read more
Published on 2 Oct 2010 by jim-fez
5.0 out of 5 stars A landmark for the genre.
Not only the metal album of the year, THE album of the year. yes, that good. A lot of their early work is too demanding for all but the most ardent fans ear, but on this their... Read more
Published on 3 Aug 2010 by Alister King
5.0 out of 5 stars A most unusual and developed offering
I have every recording of this band and have followed their progress keenly. I do not like all their work, especially the earlier work, however I understand it as a development of... Read more
Published on 28 April 2010 by Music maven
5.0 out of 5 stars This album edges beyond the realms of reality
This album edges beyond the realms of reality, clearly showing no musical limits whatsoever.

Uniting vital elements of progressive rock with the chilling growls of death... Read more
Published on 15 Sep 2009 by Ms. J. Forrest
5.0 out of 5 stars opeths best
this is opeths best album followed by blackwater part- 5 stars also, watershed- 4.5 stars, deliverence, 4 stars, damnation -4 stars and still life 4 stars. Read more
Published on 14 Aug 2009 by Andrew Ferguson
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