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Awesome!

Opeth's heritage album was my first opeth album, so I feel I gained a unique perspective compared to older fans.
It took a few listens to appreciate the way opeth put their songs together, but feel in love with it.
I then started back tracking by purchasing all their back catalogue. And again most albums took a few listens to appreciate, but I was soon falling in love with these amazing albums too. I would have to say Ghost Reveries is my favourite opeth album, as it's mix of sounds and styles really blow me away! So to "cusp of eternity" again I found a few listens (heard it elsewhere before this pre-order) were needed to allow my brain to take in the uniqueness of it. But I gotta say I'm loving the new elements within this song, in particular Mikaels vocals are amazing! I've always found I've lost interest in singers, who just sing exactly the same on every song they do.
But to my mind Mikael is always trying to push his vocals wether clean or growling. So I for one am so excited for the "pale communion" album....

What's gone wrong??

Their just isn't any grunt
From these guys anymore: (

Long live deliverance!!!

Opeth deliver on their promise

I can't shake off the idea that during the Storm Corrosion sessions, Akerfeldt and Steven Wilson had a red wine fuelled bet to see who could write the best prog album. Wilson came up with "The Raven..." but Akerfekdt won hands down with this.

Opener Eternal Rains... throws us into the middle of a prog maelstrom from which emerges an elegant, Hammond-driven rocker, with Wishbone Ash bass and Laurel Canyon vocal harmonies. Cusp of Eternity is equally brief, insistent and melodic. Akerfeldt's stated intent was to focus on melody, and although the labyrinthine third track takes into familiar gloomy metal epic territory, he can't resist a beautiful vocal melody over the outro.

With the exception of the slightly throwaway Goblin, the rest of the album mixes the lyricism of Damnation with the prog complexity of Heritage to good effect. By the time we get to the closer, Faith in Others, Opeth are channeling Red-era Crimson, in a stunning hint at a further development of the group.

Fans who've drifted away over the last couple of albums might want to drift back. This is their most coherent and compelling release since Blackwater Park.

Biography

Formed: 1990 in Stockholm, Sweden

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Brought together in Stockholm by guitarists Peter Lindgren and Mikael Åkerfeldt in 1990, Opeth added progressive influences and acoustic instrumentation to their brand of Swedish death metal. As the group progressed, it was very common for an Opeth live set to fly in several different musical directions -- and an average song lasted no less than ten minutes. Impressed by their originality, Candlelight Records released their debut full-length in 1995, which was titled Orchid, and featured a rhythm...
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