||Alright... (pause), since there isn't really
anything insanely critical to send to this magnifiscent Swedish quartet,
perhaps I should just compare this album to their other ones? Hmmm....
Opeth's 8th opus,
“Ghost Reveries,” is a much different gem than their previous
7. Perhaps it is the fact that they are now signed with Roadrunner
or just simply the fact that they have such well-rounded musical tenure
that it's sick. One of the first things that Jeff and I noticed about
this album is that the production is super-polished. There are a few
directions you can go with this. One would be to criticize the fact
that it's over-polished and doesn't sound that natural. Another would
be to point out that this is Opeth, so who cares? Well, how 'bout
the fact that a lot more is crystal clear than in the past and why
would you not want Opeth to be crystal clear? Whatever the case may
be for “Ghost Reveries,” it is a cross between their last
two albums in my eyes. Some references to “Orchid” are
evident as well. I love the vocal harmonies on "Ghost of Perdition,"
as I can hear it in my head all day and hymn myself to sleep with
it. This track leads directly into "The Baying of the Hounds"
perfectly, which in turn has a nice vocal harmony leading into some
of the most gruesome growls I've ever heard by Mike. I won't go into
this track-by-track, but there are loads of pleasant surprises that
I would rather not spoil. My favorite track is "Harlequin Forest!"
This one has one of the most memorable (Orchid-like) guitar medleys
I've ever heard on this Earth! About halfway through the song, incase
you're interested. Simply amazing! That would be the one itsy-bitsy
thing about Opeth, I'd like to hear more beautiful doom-laden guitar
medleys like on their first 2 albums. Lastly, I'd like to comment
on the fact that this "concept" album isn't at all like
the "My Arms, Your Hearse" one and shouldn't be expected
as such. However, “Ghost Reveries” is awesome!! It will
become more and more memorable the more you hear it. Like all of their
other albums, this one to me shines as one of the brightest in their
illustrious careers thus far....
Reviewed By: Thomas