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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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  • Audio CD (3 Nov. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Snapper Music
  • ASIN: B000050IE6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 292,876 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Moor
2. Godhead's Lament
3. Benighted
4. Moonlapse Vertigo
5. Face Of Melinda
6. Serenity Painted Death
7. White Cluster

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Swedish metal outfit Opeth are as well known for their forays into symphonic and progressive territory as for their grinding riffs and skull-crushing power. STILL LIFE continues to refine Opeth's unique fusion: balancing atmospheric interludes (the lush acoustic guitar passage on "Benighted" is a good example) with slash and burn black metal (as on "Godhead's Lament"). Lead vocalist Mikael Akerfeldt's satanic growl sends mortal chills up the spine, but his singing can also be surprisingly melodic, as it is on "Face of Melinda". Opeth exhibit plenty of technical mastery, but it's their multi-part compositions and their ease in switching between styles that make the material on STILL LIFE so compelling. This 2 disc special edition has re-mastered stereo mix on CD plus a DVD with 5.1 surround and a live video for 'Face Of Melinda' from 2006. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Paul McNamee TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Jun. 2008
Format: Audio CD
Many Opeth fans argue that Still Life is Opeth's best album. For me, it's their first proper album, with unarguably great production and a little more diversity on offer than before. It is also the first to feature the classic lineup of Akerfeldt and Lingdren on guitar, and Martins Lopez and Mendez on drums and bass. Still Life treads the line of heavy and mellow perfectly, from ridiculously deathy passages on Serenity Painted Death to the guitar heaven of Face Of Melinda. As Mike Akerfeldt himself has said, it's a very dense album; every song is chock full of music, intense instrumentation, ideas and life (no pun intended). It is without doubt a masterpiece, and paved the way for its spiritual sequel Blackwater Park a few years later.

Still Life reviews are readily available, but I thought I'd provide a little more insight into the specifics of this latest release (the third, I believe). First of, the packaging is gorgeous. The album comes in a sort of hardback book, with the CD trays on the inside covers and the booklet as the pages. The artwork has been reworked (mercifully by the original artist and with the band's permission) and the new style is just as pretty as the old. The booklet features extensive liner notes from Akerfeldt on everything from he and Lindgren's in-studio hallucinations to why the Martins could not be trusted with shopping for groceries. Amusing and light hearted, and as enjoyable as he always is. The main attraction for most will be the new mix of the album. While I didn't notice the main album being much different, the 5.1 mix makes all the difference, and if you're into that sort of thing, this is the version to buy.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "gmwestmoreland" on 20 April 2003
Format: Audio CD
Still Life is, for me, Opeth's most accessible album, and the best starter for those not from an extreme metal background (as I certainly wasn't when I first heard them). The first song that drew me in was Face of Melinda, a stunning track that remains one of my favourites. It took me much longer, and seeing them live a couple of times before I _really_ got to appreciate the death vocals on some of the other tracks. However, it does not take long to start getting into them, and perseverance even if you are not at first a fan yields huge rewards. This album, as other reviews mention, is a concept album; the story is (at least in comparison to other Opeth work) fairly easy to follow, and is well documented elsewhere. I am undecided as to whether (as other reviewers argue) the story adds to or detracts from the overall quality, but it at least makes the lyrics more interesting to read. When reading the next section, bear in mind that there isn't a single Opeth song ever that is actually bad, and any criticism is relative to Opeth standards, which stand not just head and shoulders above the rest but dwarf them.
The album opens with a typical Opeth plucked acoustic guitar riff that breaks out into The Moor, a good opener, but not one of my favourite tracks. Of course it is a fine song, but by Opeth standards, fairly run-of-the mill. It is easily surpassed by the raging Godhead's Lament, a song containing one of the best riffs ever written, and an excellent mix of death vocals and singing. The next track, Benighted, is not one of Opeth's most inspired works, a slow ballad that lacks some of the intensity of their other slow and/or quiet tracks.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Jan. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Opeth really are fantastic but this is exceptional, the best albumn i have ever heard, and this comes from someone who listens to virtually no other death metal bands, indeed i am usually into flamenco! So never be put of by the narrow minded people who lump Opeth into that genre and leave it at that, they do everything and do it all so well. Death metal vocals are not easy to listen to if you are not use dto it.....however with time you begin to appreciate them (i cant do it!) especially after seeing them live (5 times for me) he really can just switch between his amazing melodic voice and then his 'demon of the fall' voice without litres of water.
It is in this album that they really hit the spot for me, it satnds in the middle of their early work which was more raw and unforgiving and the newer albums where the become i think a little more experimental than the had done in the early days. Still life combines the best of those worlds and every song is a classic pact with amazing guitar riffs and fantastic song construction the twists and turns in the music are quite unpredicatble, never boring and always rewarding. Softer beuaty is acvailable in the Face of Melinda and Benighted whilst white cluster and serenity painted death show the heavy monster they can be. The Moor however stands out to me as the best song to open an album.....after years the hairs stand up still when it reaches the end of the buildup when Aekerfelt begins to roar.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Phil, psn: p4tiny on 12 July 2013
Format: Audio CD
This is where it all came together. Song writing, production, band line-up....it all came good. For me there are 3 albums that have the 'classic' opeth sound; still life, blackwater park, and deliverance. Blackwater park has my favourite opeth song ever, (the track 'blackwater park') and deliverance my second favourite, (again, the title track) but as an overall album, still life has them both beat.

Stunning production, great transitions from clean to death, awesome riffs all over the place. Is it their best album? It's the best album to showcase their 'classic' sound, but not their best overall - that's ghost reveries :)

But ghost reveries is different to all their other albums and this is a still life review ;)

Their 4th album; still life, starts eerie, then acoustic, then the heaviness comes. The Moor is such a ridiculously strong track; the best opening song of any opeth album, and from there it changes from crunching, to soothing, from deathly to light, with dazzling guitar breaks and rolling drum fills. It's all just so consistent and brilliant.

Orchid was fantastic, but raw; far more accomplished than any debut deserves to be, and probably my 4th favourite opeth album, but clearly it was just the beginning. Morningrise was.....well I don't like it. It's like many shades of grey. There's no light and dark, it's got thin production, and I just can't get into it. My arms...is fantastic; a definite step towards the still life sound, but again - not quite there.

Still life is a fantastic place to start if you're new to opeth. Most people would say Blackwater park, but I would say the 3 ESSENTIAL opeth albums are orchid, still life, and ghost reveries, and the individual tracks, 'blackwater park' and 'deliverance'.
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