The return of the mighty Opeth has been much anticipated by metal fans. Their particular brand of death prog (shared with Anathema & Therion) has been stunning sophisticated metal listeners for several years (and to be frank bemusing the head down grunt and growl brigade). After the two releases last time round the heavy Deliverance and the mellower Floyd-esque Damnation; Opeth have decided to re-combine their two sides…quite often in a single song. This album is a natural progression from the stunning Blackwater Park and manages to top it. The lush soundscapes, augmented by a keyboardist, add to the all encompassing feel of this release.
8 tracks of pure symphonic prog metal genius is what on show here. “Ghost of Perdition’ starts you off and that is all you need to know. Opeth are clearly setting the barrier for all those to follow. I suspect that continued listens will lead me to the conclusion that this is better than Blackwater Park (one of my picks for best metal album of the 90s). If you like your metal that oozes class, talent and individuality then look no further than Opeth. This is yet another stunning album from a band at the height of their powers. On yes and go see them live if you get the chance. Pure fucking genius.