Opeth – Still Life

Here’s a CD Mike found at BMV. We talked about it, and I said I understood that earlier Opeth had more growly vocals, which made him unlikely to buy it. I said if he wasn’t gonna buy it, I would (and I did)! Honestly, it’s an amazing record, too…

 

The 5th Annual Toronto Expedition Series, Part 7 (CD)

Opeth nails a diverse record, here. It’s beautiful and soaring, full of absolutely brilliant musicianship. It also hits damn hard and has as many harsh growling vocals as it does regular singing vocals. There’s power lurking under every gentle moment, and care in every crushing moment.

Through the good headphones, this album* is an expedition into many emotions and moods, passion and energy, creation and destruction. When it ends, you feel you’ve heard the full, incredible story.

 

* From Wiki: “Like its predecessor, My Arms, Your Hearse, Still Life is a concept album. Frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt explains: “Still Life was not Satanic but an anti-Christian theme. It sounds pretty naive when I explain it like this. It kind of takes place a long time ago when Christianity had a bigger importance than it has today. The main character is kind of banished from his hometown because he hasn’t got the same faith as the rest of the inhabitants there. The album pretty much starts off when he is returning after several years to hook up with his old ‘babe’. Obviously a lot of bad things start happening with, as I call it on the album, ‘the council.’ The big bosses of the town know that he’s back. A lot of bad things start happening. They see him as a hypocrite in a way. It’s almost like a devil’s advocate or whatever it’s called.””

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