I gave their previous album, “Ghost Reveries”, an 8 out of 10. This review is for the special edition release, which includes 3 additional songs, 2 of which are covers of songs I’ve never heard before. Code word: Roxette. WTF?!
Opeth are: Theatrical death metal. Meandering prog metal. Dangerously close to “experimental”, which isn’t necessarily the best direction for a band. Furious death metal yields to acoustic ballad. Beautiful crooning gives way to explosive, dirty groove death. These unexpected transitions take a while to manifest; most songs are at least 7 minutes long.
It’s all quite operatic. But, it’s an acquired taste… one I’m not sure I fully buy into yet. I was ready to try after “Ghost Reveries”, but not so much anymore.