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Review: Opeth - Morningrise

Label: Century Media Records
Year released: 1997
Duration: 66:02
Tracks: 5
Genre: Progressive Metal


Review online: July 13, 2001
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
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Rated 3.8/5 (76%) (75 Votes)

My Trip back through the Opeth back catalogue brings me to their sophomore effort "Morningrise". This album has only five tracks on it but don't be fooled into thinking this is an EP. This is a full-length album and again the adjective brilliant comes to mind.

The first thing I noticed while listening to this was the great improvement that Mikael has made in his vocals since this release. Not to say the vocals on here are bad but they have much more range and emotion in later releases. I also think the production has gotten better but I am a fan of the warmer sound they have now compared to what they had at this point. Another thing I noticed while listening to the album was how much more abrupt the changes from distortion to acoustic are as opposed to how much more they seem to flow on "Still Life" and "Blackwater Park".

As with the last three albums I have reviewed the songwriting and guitar work are absolutely incredible but I wasn't really expecting that to change anyway. Oddly enough the other thing that I have really come to enjoy with Opeth is the lyrics which is kind of weird considering I am not all too concerned with lyrics in general. I usually don't care as long as the music is good. At first you get the feeling they are strictly poetic with no real point beside what you yourself think but the more you read them while the music plays the more you start to understand. Of course then again I could just be seeing something that really isn't there but who cares this is some good shit so don't burst my bubble…heh. The further I go back among their albums the more surprised I am that there wasn't massive hype about this band much sooner.

Overall another excellent album worthy of extremely high praise and what would be a masterpiece for most bands turns out to be just another great album from the genius that is Opeth. Highly Recommended.

Track by track

The Night and the Silent Water-8.5
Black Rose Immortal-9
To Bid you Farewell-9

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