Rating: 98/100

Reviewed by: Kenn Jensen, September '05
Label - Roadrunner Records
Style - Progressive Death Metal

Ghost Reveries

"Jesus titfucking Christ" ("Sin City" quote) - this is the best Opeth album EVER! At least in my humble opinion! I am almost lost for words - the quartet with mastermind Mikael Akerfeldt has somehow managed to top the brilliant double album "Deliverance" / "Damnation" - I know they were released separately, but they belong together.

This album combines everything I love about Opeth, from the darkest pits of Hell comes the fierce and malicious death growls, dark and twisted music. And from the sunny side of life comes happy, almost cheerful melody lines and vocal lines, and how they manage to combine 2 so big contrasts into beautiful and aggressive songs is beyond me! But I love it!

The music has very strong roots in both progressive rock and death metal, and with the addition of new keyboard player Per Wiberg they've added another more psychedelic dimension to their sound. And speaking of sound - this album has one the best metal productions ever - clean, smooth and crystal clear. This is how a metal album should sound!

And just to add to the excellent overall package the artwork - done by Travis Smith - suits the music perfectly. So the band and their new record label Roadrunner has done everything in their power to make this album one of this years highlights, now it's time for the metal fans to judge how well they have done their job! I am convinced, and hope this album will catapult them to the metal Olymp!

I can't stop praising this excellent album, and if you don't have a problem with the combination of death metal and progressive rock, then there's simply no other option than to get this album as soon as possible. Join up and support this brilliant, aggressive and intense metal band now...

Recommended tracks: “Ghost of Perdition”, "The Baying of the Hounds” & “The Grand Conjuration”.

Link: www.opeth.com