Date Added: Jul 28, 2005 Reviews 9 Views 8610
|Categories:||Death Metal, Progressive|
|Tracks:||01. Ghost of Perdition
02. Baying of the Hounds
03. Beneath the Mire
05. Reverie/Harlequin Forest
06. Hours of Wealth
07. The Grand Conjuration
08. Isolation Years
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|Ok, it says keep it short so I'll try. First of all, I'd like to say that when I heard the sample of the Grand Conjuration I wasn't very impressed. I'm a huge Opeth fan so my expectations for this album were very high. After downloading the album and listening to it several times I have decided that it definitely has and will grow on me, although there are certain things about it that disappoint me. I do have to give them credit, they've definitely tried new things in this concept album. There's a certain haunting organ-like sound throughout the album that is new and very effective. Ok, I'll give a rundown of all the songs:
Ghost of Perdition: Overall this track is ok, there are certain parts that I really like. The first singing part in it is apalling though ("you have to live before you die"). It sounds off tune and odd. I'm not really sure what kind of a sound they were trying to achieve but it's not really working, for me anyway.
Baying of the Hounds: Another decent song, but not my favorite. Has good parts and bad parts.
Beneath the Mire: This is one of the better songs, IMO. Nice vocals. The middle reminds me of Deliverance. I also like the ending of this song, it's very unique.
Atonement: This song has potential, but never really goes anywhere. It just repeats the same riff over and over.
Reverie/Harlequin Forest: Possibly my favorite song. Very nice mixture of growling and singing.
Hours of Wealth: Another acoustic song, but much better than Atonement IMO.
Grand Conjuration: To me this song sounds like any other metal band out there. It doesn't have the usual Opeth feel to it.
Isolation Years: Another acoustic track that doesn't really go anywhere. It has nice moments but it's a little too slow.
|As with most Opeth fans, I was a little worried when I heard "The Grand Conjuration." Although I was not a disappointed as some, I certainly was not enthusiastic about the release. Finally the album leak and I got the rest of what, to me, is possibly the best album to come out this year.
Ghost of Perdition is with only one downside being the slow part of "you have to live before die young." The music is pretty cool, but the vocals just do not capture me. The rest of the song is simply fantastic.
Baying of the Hounds to me is a step above Ghost of Perdition, wonderful melodic singing, fantastic drumming, excellent death vocals - all in all, an awesome song.
Beneath the Mire is, in my opinion, the best of first three tracks. It has all of Opeth elements with great flow. Something to notice about almost every single song on this CD does not fade out - the songs feel very complete.
Atonement is probably my least favorite song. It has a very acid trip feel to it, but you have to be in a specific mood to listen. It is not a bad song, but a bit boring at times.
Reverie/Harlequin Forest is just has perfect contrasts between the heavy and the melodic. Probably my second or third favorite track.
Hours of Wealth has a great feel to it. Relaxed, almost lounge style with a great solo ending solo.
The Grand Conjuration, probably my second least favorite track on the record. Once again, the song is not bad...but it is repetitive. The vocals are pretty dark, and kick ass. If you turn it up real loud, and do not think about it - this track is awesome.
Isolation Years is possibly one of the saddest songs I have ever heard. I have heard a lot of people put down this song, but I fell in love with it. It is just so depressing, and really captures the down side of the concept for this record. It takes the position of the person who has actually lost someone...a beautiful song and perfect ending for this record.
Overall Rating : 5/5
Without a doubt, Mikael Akerfeldt's best vocal performance, and some of the best song writing ever. A great step up above Deliverance. This, at the moment, is my second favorite album from Opeth...second only to Still Life. Be sure to pick this album up.
|I had high hopes for this release as I had read when they were recording Ghost Reveries that the sound was reminiscent of the earlier material. I will have to give this cd an oppportunity to grow on me :(. I will give credit to the Opeth guys for trying new things. 7/10
|thits cd is pretty cool is slower than any opeth cd but is still is a relaxing cd u can put this cd in a car and just chill is good in that note
|After listening to this album for a few weeks, I have grown to absolutely love it. I'd place it above their previous three releases, and mark it as Still Life's equal.
Ghost Of Perdition is a great song, I like the clean vocals that no one else seems to like, hahaha, and all in all, it's just a really awesome song, probably my second favorite on the record.
The Baying Of The Hounds is great, but I don't like it as much as Ghost Of Perdition. Still, awesome song and it was a great opener for their show.
Beneath The Mire is about even with The Baying Of The Hounds for me as far as how much I like it. Not much to say, but a good song.
Atonement is very strange for Opeth, admittedly, and I agree with the "acid trip" assessment, but I really enjoy it because I'm in to that kind of shit.
Reverie/Harlequin Forest is my favorite track on the album I'd say. Reverie is a great opener for it, and I love the first acoustic riff in the acoustic middle section. And then later on in it when Mikael comes in with "Theyyy arreee the treeees", ahhh I love it. Great song.
Hours Of Wealth is my least favorite song on the album definitely. I still like a lot of aspects of it, but it's kind of cheesy in some ways.
The Grand Conjuration, like it did for most people, kind of made me iffy about the album when I heard it for the first time. But when I got the album and heard it in the context of the whole record, I really started to like it, and I think it's an awesome climax for the whole thing. Plus, it kicked my ass live.
Isolation Years is an awesome end for the album, a nice little acoustic track that is about as Opeth as you can get.
I love this album more and more everytime I listen to it, and I kind of hope to hear more of it live in future tours. Maybe Harlequin Forest and/or Ghost Of Perdition?
|Great Cd i like Baying of the Hounds it's 100% grade A American...Oh wait Swedish.
|this cd is sweet
it took some time for it to grow on me
i like it alot!!
INTO THE TREEEEEEES!
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