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Still Life - Opeth

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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Death & Black Metal / Artist: Opeth / Audio CD released 2000-11-06 at Peaceville

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      16.04.2010 22:16
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      One of Opeth's best

      With 'Still Life' Swedish progressive extreme metal band Opeth continue in the vein of their previous album 'My Arms Your Hearse', mixing beautiful, folky spanish guitar passages with alternately urgent and lamenting death-metal influenced sections and bluesy leads and solos. Album opener 'The Moor' starts with a hypnotic little clean guitar part that goes on, no doubt intentionally, for a little to long before bursting into the song proper, with the epic songs on 'Still Life' all bleeding into one another effortlessly as do the forceful/melancholy riffs and incongrous yet complementary folky sections, and the songs progress in an organic manner that never lets the listeners attention wane for a second.

      The romantic lyrics are excellent, as are frontman Mikael Akerfeld's booming death growls and excellent soaring clean singing parts, of which the album seems to have a lot more, the music seeming somehow warmer than that of the previous album, yet equally miserable and vibrant at the same time. Elsewhere there's a really nice little acoustic interlude-y part midway through the album at the beginning of "Face of Melinda", which gradually gives way to some excellent, crashing riffs after many minutes of quiet introspection, and speaking more generally the album has its own sense of identity and is absolutely and totally devoid of filler. One of Opeth's greatest moments, and essential for fans of romantic doom/death and progressive metal.


      1. The Moor 11:26
      2. Godhead's Lament 09:47
      3. Benighted 05:01
      4. Moonlapse Vertigo 09:00
      5. Face of Melinda 07:59
      6. Serenity Painted Death 09:14
      7. White Cluster 10:02
      Total playing time 01:02:29


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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 Moor
      2 Godhead's Lament
      3 Benighted
      4 Moonlapse Vertigo
      5 Face Of Melinda
      6 Serenity Painted Death
      7 White Cluste