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By A Customer
This review is from: Morningrise (Audio CD)
This was Opeth's second album, released in 1996, and many consider it to be their best work. Such is the high standards that this band have set themselves up to the present (album number six, Deliverance) that people's favourite Opeth album is actually a matter of debate. Unlike bands like Slayer and Metallica, who reached their zenith early in their careers and thus never reached the consistency afterwards, Opeth's album catalogue is consistent the whole way through.
There are only five tracks on Morningrise but each one is an epic. The shortest track is just over ten minutes. The longest - and best track - Black Rose Immortal, exceeds the twenty minute mark. This is not to say that they are meandering, tuneless feedback affairs. Far from it. For each song you can count at least five memorable hooks. Concept albums are often treated with caution, and understandably so. Pink Floyd - who Opeth, in their acoustic "mellow" sections, are compared to - are dull. Opeth are not.
Production wise, this marks the end of the stripped down sound that was on this album and their debut, Orchid. The guitars sound very similar to later releases, but the drum sound is a bit flat and tame here. Most people will be initially disappointed at the inferior production (although it's still decent) if they have heard the albums backwards. This is a minor gripe. As soon as "Advent" starts up, you'll have completely forgotten about this.
Of course, the fact that each song is a sprawling epic means that "Morningrise" will take a few listens before you start to grow accustomed to the album. This is not a criticism. It's an incentive to keep listening, because with each listen you find another catchy acoustic interlude or an air-guitar solo.
Utterly brilliant. An album that has never received the accolades that albums like "Hear Nothing...", or "Reign In Blood" have received for their genres.