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Is Rock dead, not by a long way!
28 September 2019
A quite stunning album from this prolific elegant band and could be their crowning achievement.
Some 18 years ago I happened on a band called Opeth on one of those highly illegal music sites and was able to download in very poor quality a number of their early tracks. Mostly all over 10 minutes long full of aggressive metal shredding with dreadful growling vocals and could not understand a word of it but I could tell from the instrumental passages there was something about this band I liked, progressive and interesting music not held back by convention or trends.
Over time they left behind the growly stuff and wrote proper songs you could hear and developed into probably the only band in this genre to match Rush and Dream Theater for high concept prog with a metal edge. I found myself totally immersed in this latest album from the very first listen and played it again without a break.
Beautiful choral arrangements alongside delicate acoustic guitars and keyboards and obviously the crunching metal riff and guitar solos all combine to create a masterpiece of rock music and just this week I read some BBC hack saying that rock music was dead and had nothing else to offer, really try this on then.
Highlights, too many to mention as the whole thing holds together as one although no doubt some will rise above other in future.
The only thing I am a bit disappointed in is the presentation and the lack of good artwork in a plastic jewel case instead of a digi-pack. Maybe I will go for the vinyl set in due course, a bit pricey at present.