The eighth full-length album by the cult Swedish Progressive Death Metal band.
Stockholm's most unpredictable Metallic sons Opeth have offered another step on their dark journey into the Maelstrom that combines Progressive sonics, and acoustic and electric instrumentation, all the while extrapolating on their now-trademark brand of Death Metal. Stepping aside from the malevolent acoustic elegance of 2003's "Damnation" without abandoning the textural advances, "Ghost Reveries" is a tour de force of creativity, power, and innovation. Alternately melodic and brutal, the album takes the band's Progressive acumen to a new level while never abandoning the crunch.
Vocalist, guitarist, and lyricist Mikael Åkerfeldt has become a complete poet of the dark side. With bandmates Per Wiberg on keyboards, drummer Martin Lopez, guitarist Peter Lindgren, and bassist Martin Mendez, Åkerfeldt has forged ahead into a vein of this music that moves it further forward while embracing not only elements of the band's foundational past, but also elements from the annals of Heavy Metal. The sheer, harsh, tragic beauty of "Ghost Reveries" reveals it as more a hunted album than a haunted one. This album is a culmination of everything Opeth have worked toward throughout their career. It's fully realized, stunningly beautiful, and emotionally fragmented; it's a terrain where power, tenderness, and sheer grief hold forth under heavy manners. Awesome!!
Every Metalhead should own this album! Probably 2005's best album and it is worth all the money that you pay for it!! Yet another Opeth masterpiece!!!
Roadrunner Records, 2005 (RR 8123-2). Made in Germany. First press.
1. Ghost Of Perdition 10:29
2. The Baying Of The Hounds 10:41
3. Beneath The Mire 7:57
4. Atonement 6:28
5. Reverie/Harlequin Forest 11:39
6. Hours Of Wealth 5:20
7. The Grand Conjuration 10:21
8. Isolation Years 3:51
Total playing time: 66:46