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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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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Amazing album, still one of Opeth's best. Very glad I baught this new version, comes with images and writing from Micheal Akerfelt.Published 4 months ago by Khaine17
thank you so much for good prices to replace my lost cds!!!!!Published 14 months ago by ruth cheyney
This, in my opinion, is the best opeth has done. The music just sucks you into that progressive feel & strangles you with its lyrics. Read morePublished 21 months ago by H.S.A.
For my money this isn't the best Opeth album hardly surprising when you consider how early in their carear this was recorded, but having said that it's still a very good album and... Read morePublished on 22 Mar. 2014 by Peter N. Ingleby
Still Life is the fourth studio album by Swedish progressive death metal band Opeth. The album was produced and engineered by Opeth alongside Fredrik Nordström, and released... Read morePublished on 30 Sept. 2013 by Mr. A. J. Tennant
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,... Read morePublished on 12 July 2013 by Phil, psn: p4tiny
This is one of my favourite albums of all time and well worth the buy. If you like metal and like death vocals then this is a must have in my opinion.Published on 17 Mar. 2013 by rob
This is just a beautiful album. One of the best I've ever heard but the only reason I gave this a 4 star was nothing on Opeth's part. Read morePublished on 11 Jan. 2013 by Xander Milne
This album for me is Opeths Masterpiece right down to the artwork and booklet layout. This album is a concept album and all the songs are just brilliant just the right amount of... Read morePublished on 15 Nov. 2012 by Cubby Kovu