By Keavin Wiggins
If you are at all familiar with Opeth,
this CD is gonna throw you for a loop. If you want to talk about taking
a definite right turn and venturing off in a totally new musical direction,
then you have this disc pegged.
The metal is all gone and replaced with
a more airy progressive mid-tempo rock. The musicianship is still top notch
but this may be too much of a shock to the system for some fans of the
group. It lands somewhere between early Pink Floyd, latter day Peter Green
era Fleetwood Mac and Radiohead at their more mellow moments. If it was
put out by a new band without a history then it would be lavished with
praise. But it’s bound to disappoint some diehard Opeth fans.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with
a band branching out in different directions, trying new things and growing
musically. This is a perfect example of that. Yes, Opeth mellowed out to
the extreme on this one and that may open more doors for them but this
is far from the mainstream rock of the day. More discerning fans will find
a lot of love with this album.
If Opeth’s past work was too heavy for
you, then you should definitely give this album a try. It gives a lot of
people a chance to reexamine the band.
I commend Opeth for trying something new
and for the most part they succeed beautifully, but I know I speak for
a lot of fans when I say that I hope they don’t completely abandon their
past and find some kind of middle ground between the two extremes as they
go forward into the future.
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