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Old December 22nd, 2005, 04:20 PM   #76 (permalink)
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ok...as a huge fan of Opeth I have to say that previous albums were much better...However its style was more progressive and
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Old December 22nd, 2005, 04:27 PM   #77 (permalink)
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ok...as a huge fan of Opeth I have to say that previous albums were much better...However its style was more progressive and I kinda liked it...Anyway Opeth are still a good band and will continue to be...
OPETH KEEP ROCKING!!!
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Old December 27th, 2005, 11:08 PM   #78 (permalink)
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I just bought this album on December 26, i've listened to it 3 times through and it never seems to dissappoint.
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Old April 27th, 2006, 05:22 AM   #79 (permalink)
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Album Of The Year

Being a huge fan of: My Arms Your Hearse, I stepped into the world of Ghost Reveries with extreme trepidation.
On the first listen my fears were confirmed, I said to myself "Not one of those songs are allowed to stand next to Demon Of The Fall!"
But being a perseverant kind of chap I kept at it, and with each listen, the genius of: Ghost Reveries unfolded before me.
Every second of every song feels like Mikael and crew have poured premium Opeth Juice all over them, it's syrupy texture oozing into every pore and crack.
It's easily my favourite Opeth album and I don't think I'm jumping the gun here by saying it's my favourite album ever.
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Old April 28th, 2006, 05:00 PM   #80 (permalink)
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while GR doesn't touch me as, say, BWP or MAYH do, I think it is a great album. somehow it has a "lighter" feel to it, even some really upbeat sections. but its maturity is something I really enjoy.

very good review!
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Old April 29th, 2006, 06:59 AM   #81 (permalink)
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Excellent review. Especially liked the comment about GR being a cross between SL and Damnation. The only thing I disagree with was the comment about "The Grand Conjuration". I admit it took the longest to grow on me, but I really like it. I think it does suit the album perfectly, and the album itself DOES have an occult theme, as Mike promised. It's just not blatantly obvious.

Having said that, the track that sticks out like a sore thumb is Isolation Years. I really like that song as well, but it has nothing to do with the story told on the album by all of the other songs. But all the same Mike wanted to put it on anyways because he really liked the song and didn't want to see it get left in the can.
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Old April 29th, 2006, 08:28 AM   #82 (permalink)
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Good album, too much emphasis on the clean vocals I think. Morningrise is still my favourite.
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Old May 5th, 2006, 06:29 AM   #83 (permalink)
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ok...as a huge fan of Opeth I have to say that previous albums were much better...However its style was more progressive and

just to say- i was reading an interview with mikael and he said that he prefers bands who experiment so i think thats what they were doin with the album.
i still reckon its great!
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Old May 5th, 2006, 06:30 AM   #84 (permalink)
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Good album, too much emphasis on the clean vocals I think. Morningrise is still my favourite.
same here
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Old May 6th, 2006, 03:23 PM   #85 (permalink)
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Good album, too much emphasis on the clean vocals I think. Morningrise is still my favourite.
Morningrise is great, but I don't necessarily think it's fair to say that there's too much singing on Ghost Reveries - I personally think they got the balance just right on this one.
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Old May 13th, 2006, 11:18 AM   #86 (permalink)
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Not the best Opeth cd, but still fucking amazing

Ghost of Perdition is the best song on it by far and ranks with the best of their stuff
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Old May 13th, 2006, 01:52 PM   #87 (permalink)
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comprehensive review, good work.
although i may be a late opeth bloomer... having gotten into them a few years ago, i bought and listened to many of their cd's and dig them all. that said, i think ghost reveries is awesome and i'm not disappointed with it whatsoever. simply, i think there is a maturity in this offering that is unrivaled.
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Old May 13th, 2006, 04:22 PM   #88 (permalink)
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Its Incredible...

Opeth's work is incredible and really original, I give it a 9 out of 10. And thank you Opeth 17 for your method of writing is exaltaringly spectacular...fag
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Old May 13th, 2006, 05:52 PM   #89 (permalink)
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morningrise

I'm also a big fan of OPETH but i think they haven't made a better album than MORNINGRISE.....
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Old May 14th, 2006, 01:37 AM   #90 (permalink)
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All I can do is laugh.
Are you sure you're laughing and not crying?

I'm not claiming to be a musicologist or a prodigy, but I know I've a decent ear. I've a high standard in music, thats just my personal taste. While accusing me of being elitist, you've achieved nothing in your post but admitting you are exactly what you accuse me of being: elitist.

Not only that, but my post was very short. How you've managed to conjure up the conclusions you've come up with is just a mystery.

Let me expand with some glorious examples in your pathetic outburst:

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The fundamental problem with 90% of metalheads is that they either don't understand music from a creative perspective or if they do try to be creative they know so little about what they are doing that they are complete shit at it.
Your comment here implies you know something of the creative process in recording an album or writing music. Is this correct? If so, great. If not, then shut up.

I don't classify myself as anything other than a lover of MUSIC. I'm well aware of the complexities involved with composition, but I am not about to claim I know "everything" or that I can explain things on a technical level. This doesnt, however, make me any less able to have an opinion on Ghost Reveries than someone who IS a musician, or someone who knows more. I may not write music, but I've been listening to metal for a good 19 years now, I think I've heard enough to be able to form an opinion.

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Still it doesn't seem to stop them from commenting on things as if they are authoritive.
This one is fantastic, your *entire post* was written in an authoritive tone! I hope you wrote this in your clown suit! Every sentence you wrote is condemning and reflects how little you have an ability to take in what someone else says. God you'd be a horrible student to deal with.

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Who really gives a shit if Opeth are metal or not anyway. I love the comment 'simplistic nature' especially though. What I want to see is Hubster's synopsis of song form, chord progression, voice leading, rythm, counterpoint, and so on, of Ghost Reveries. I think the obvious conclusion is that we shouldn't hold our breath.
I'm not a musician, dont claim to be, thus can't explain on that level of detail. But considering that your comment implies YOU ARE, perhaps you should honour us all with your superior level of intellect, and share your years of experience in writing albums with us. After all, you know everything, right?

Opeth's music, despite my opinion that GR is simplistic, is complicated as well all know. That's half the reason I love the band. But from the technical perspective, throwing in more timechanges, solos, vocal changes and so on doesnt necessarily create brilliance. BWP, while not my favourite Opeth album, is far more complex and complete than GR is. The riffwork doesnt rely on chugging or sudden stopping to create drama in the music. I found these practices on GR to be a cheap trick, when the band are capable of so much more. In summary I feel GR *is* simplistic, IN COMPARISON TO THE REST OF THE OPETH DISCOGRAPHY, not in comparison to all other music.

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As for the "Pro-Tooled to death" comment, this is a typical comment from anyone trying to look like they are puristic about music, and we all know that Opeth need protools because they can't really play in time or sing in pitch.
Really? Well that's fantastic news, maybe you should have filled them in when they Recorded Orchid! You can clearly hear singing out of tune on that album as well as Morningrise, yet these "mistakes" are what helps to make those albums so magical. It's like listening to an album on record vs CD - the "faults created", that is, the texturisation of the playing media itself enhances an album in many ways. These and many other faults (within reason of course) can help to make an album truly magical. I felt that that quality was lost once Opeth's production reached a truly professional standard (BWP).

I know what I hear. You dont have to be schooled in music to know that the production on "Hemispheres" is nowhere near as polished as it is on "Presto" (I love both of those albums equally, even though "Presto" doesn't harken back to what Rush sounded like orginally which is a reason why many Rush fans didnt like it. The same goes here with GR, except that I dont find GR to be a good album).

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Opinions are one thing but being a complete idiot is something else. Try listening to the music rather than looking at the lable they are signed to. Elistist crap.
Again, this is what you've achieved with your own post, word for word infact. Obviously, you can handle opinion... but not if it differs from your own. The label doesnt (in general terms) dictate the music. However there ARE exceptions to that rule, and the fact is that we the fans might never know if GR *was* effected by RR or not. We only assume not, but we cannot know for sure.

Nevertheless, I am more than open to changes of direction (Enslaved, for example, both sides to their history are simply brilliant). It is only natural that a band may want to try this, as everyone needs to grow and mature. There is NOTHING wrong with this... but when the change isnt a good one (imo, GR), there *is* something wrong.

I find GR is a lifeless album. Everytime I hear it, I dont hear music which breathes, which is written so beautifully that it takes on a life of it's own. While I do prefer everything up to SL, I will say that even up to D1 & D2, the music was beautifully envisioned, executed and written. GR relies on (among other things) aesthetics to attempt to achieve the milestones of their past, and quite simply, the only song which even comes close to doing this is GoP, and only just I might add. Otherwise, I keep feeling like I'm listening to outtakes of jams, with an "acoustic part cut and pasted here", "another drum fill moved to there". The transitions of moods on GR just dont exist, they are not there. Yet, when we go back to The Moor, we can hear the drama in every moment, and again later down the line on The Drapery Falls - the transitions from acoustic to heavy are more gradual, a journey in itself. No bar of music is spared, everything breathes and is alive! Perfection.

Music like Metal (in general) shouldnt have to rely too much on ProTools or perfect production. Im not saying Im totally against this practice, I'm saying that it should be used more subtly. On GR, I found it to be blatant, and this is highlit by the fact that the style of the album is a simple one for Opeth.

Anyhow - these are just some of my thoughts. I feel I've gone over it enough to explain how I feel about it - if everyone else feels the album is great, then good. I on the other just cant see what the fuss is about in light of what Opeth are really capable of.
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Old May 15th, 2006, 11:01 AM   #91 (permalink)
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not one of my favorite albums but still.. its OPETH!
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Old June 16th, 2006, 01:09 AM   #92 (permalink)
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it is a great album

i completly agree with opeth17, great work
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Old June 16th, 2006, 01:10 AM   #93 (permalink)
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u got dam right

i never get tired of listening opeth

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I just bought this album on December 26, i've listened to it 3 times through and it never seems to dissappoint.
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Old June 16th, 2006, 02:32 PM   #94 (permalink)
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UGH I finally realize what I hated about Ghost Reveries... what you said about ProTools, how Ghost Reveries was protooled to the hilt... that's exactly it. That's why I felt no emotional attachment to this record, as with previous Opeth releases.. Or maybe its just their de-evolution process with prog rock mixed with a bit of death... who knows. Opeth has been taking steps backwards with their last couple releases, hopefully they'll spring forward with the next one. But then again, who knows. It could have hardcore breakdowns and have a Sum 41 cover at the end or something.
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Old June 19th, 2006, 12:53 PM   #95 (permalink)
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I loved GR as much as any Opeth album. It does sound a little cleaner production wise but I see no problem with that quite honestly. Its not like they started playing three minute pop songs or something.
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Old June 19th, 2006, 10:41 PM   #96 (permalink)
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This is my least favorite Opeth album. The first few listens were entertaining, and there are definitely good songs on this CD. However, I just can't seem to form any attachment to these songs, as I could with MAYH, Orchid, and Morningrise. I don't think it is the prog elements necessarily, I actually enjoy some prog mixture with metal. GR just doesn't have the ability to make me sit in my car and jam out to the last 3 minutes of a song even though I'm ten minutes late for work. Opeth is great, and I'm not knocking the band, but this album is easily forgotten to me.
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Old June 20th, 2006, 11:59 AM   #97 (permalink)
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Some of the riffs I like better on Ghost Reveries than Deliverance, but my main complaint about this album is some of the arrangements are very basic for Opeth, and the repetitiveness is becoming more and more of a factor with Opeth. Compared to the first 4 albums, the albums since Deliverance are in my opinion one step down with each release compared to Still Life and before.

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Old July 14th, 2006, 04:33 AM   #98 (permalink)
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Still Life holds some excellent material but I think this album is right up there. It may be simplifying things slightly but there is no reason to frown upon it when you could easily go to your local CD store and find respectable metal bands doing a lot worse.

This is only the third Opeth album I had a chance to listen to but I absolutely loved it. Its been playing at least once every couple of weeks since its release and that's a lot to me since I'm not a huge fan.
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Old July 14th, 2006, 12:10 PM   #99 (permalink)
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Great review, couldn't agree more. I f'n love this album, right up there with Still Life and Blackwater Park.
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Old July 14th, 2006, 11:07 PM   #100 (permalink)
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yeah. It's my favorite album, but blackwater comes real close.
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