Opeth takes chances like no other metal band and that's why they are the best. Lush and grandiose, pastoral at times, there's folk, prog, blues and jazz, psychedelic freakouts, elaborate structures and fade-outs. This is an album that surprises continually from an incredibly talented band who get exponentially better with each release. Fewer tracks than ever before feature Akerfelts's growling death metal vocals; they come in brilliantly measured bursts. Coil starts the LP with an acoustic intro with pleasant female singing which leads straight into the single heaviest, doomiest metal chord of all time. The effect is incredible; there is nothing else like this in all music. "Burden" has an acoustic outro in which one guitarist detunes while the other continues intune; staggering. At one point in "The Lotus Eater" there's actually a clavinet; surely a 1st in metal? This brilliant album once again redefines the capability of the genre as a whole.