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5 stars Opeth have done it again...

The album opens with with the serenely bueatiful 'Prologue' which leads us into a false sense of security before being blasted by the death metal overtones of 'April Ethereal'. Though not essentially a death metal band, Opeth certainly display their heavy side on 'My Arms, Your Hearse'.

Once the superbly heavy 'Ethereal is finished, we are cast into the shadow of possibly Opeth's greatest song ever. 'When' showcases everything that makes the swedes one of the best bands out today. Complex and versatile vocals, buatiful and haunting guitar and ripping drums and base.

'Madrigal' is a quiet interlude, and lowers the pulse of the listener at the perfect time, so that no matter what sort of music you normally listen to, you won't find this album to heavy. 'The Amen Corner' is another great song, and although it is still worthy of 5 stars, i would say that apart from the interludes, this is the weakest song on the album.

'Demon Of The Fall' is widely regarded as the best Opeth song to listen to if you are just getting into them, and this is mainly due to the fact that it showcases Opeth's versatility so well. Alot like when, but with deeper vocals and more death-metal vibes, it is probably the second best on the album.

'Credence' is another bueatiful song. All melodic, it is one of the most powerful on the album. The fantastic lyrics on this song are sung brilliantly and the emotional music accompaniemant flow together superbly.

'Karma' is another great song, but out of all of the songs on the album, i listen to it the least. It reminds me alot of 'The Amen Corner'.

The wonderful outer 'Epilogue' is so reminiscent of Pink Floyd that it is clear that Mikael Akerfeldt was greatly influenced by 'Echoes' while writing it. There has never been a better outtro to a album.

I don't really consider 'Circle of Tyrants' as one of the songs on the album, but it is a mediocre cover and is the only all death-metal song here.

The Led-Zeppelin cover 'Remember Tomorrow is alot better than 'Tyrant but i don't really count eather of the covers as one of the songs off 'My Arms, Your Hearse'.

Overall, this is a great album, and anyone who is into Alternative/Progressive Melodic Metal or any such genres will love it. Definately one of my favourite albums, ever. Standout tracks are: 'When', 'Demon Of The Fall' and 'Credence'.

DemonOfTheFall | 5/5 |


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