Opeth’s Still Life: 15 Years an Unsung Masterpiece

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If I asked almost any Opeth fan what their favorite album was, 90% of them would say Blackwater Park. Why? Because many people believe that was the album where Opeth truly found “their sound”, the mid-paced death metal and acoustic-laced proggery hybrid that they were known for producing until fairly recently. What do I think? It’s a good album, but it seems to me that in their persistent praise people tend to overlook what is quite possibly one of the best prog/folk/extreme metal fusion albums of all time (yes, I went there): 1999’s Still Life. Fifteen years after its release, this album still stands several heads above anything Opeth have put out since then, both musically and lyrically.

A banished man returns home for his long-lost love after more than a decade of religion-imposed exile. Upon his return he discovers that an organization dubbed “The Council of the Cross” has gained absolute control of the town, and that his love, Melinda, has sworn her vows to become a nun. Unfazed by this, the man reunites with Melinda, only to have The Council capture them both and have them executed. It may seem like the backdrop for a bad telenovela, but it’s more like the frame for an extra-sensorial journey that never ceases to conjure a broad rush of emotions in my mind, no matter how many times I’ve already taken it.

This album is everything that Blackwater Park receives praise for, but better. The songs are structured more coherently, the mellow parts are folkier, the heavy parts are HEAVY, and there are still traces of the band’s black metal roots here and there. It strikes the perfect balance between melody and dissonance, between musicality and harshness: it is true embodiment of the dynamic interplays in songwriting that can only be described as “Opeth”. The musicianship of every member of the band shines through: memorable vocal melodies, guitar solos, bass lines and drum fills permeate every song here, without coming across as forced or wanky for the sake of being so. Still Life marked the recording debut of what many fans consider to be the “classic” Opeth lineup, consisting of Mikael Åkerfeldt, Martín López, Martín Méndez and Peter Lindgren, which would remain unchanged until the release of 2005’s Ghost Reveries. It could just be a coincidence that the musical quality of Opeth’s releases started to wane after this point, but I believe that the synergy that these four individuals attained when they worked together is still unparalleled, and I’m grateful for the amazing music that they made while they did.

As far as lyrics go, I personally think they’re a knockout. I know some will disagree, but I usually don’t care too much about lyrics as long as they’re not particularly offensive (racist, homophobic, fun stuff like that). There’s just something about Still Life’s lyrics and story that resonates with me in a way that truly brings the music to an entirely different level, a level that few albums have reached, and fewer probably ever will. The song “Face of Melinda” definitely takes the crown:

By the turnstile beckons a damsel fair
The face of Melinda neath blackened hair
No joy would flicker in her eyes
Brooding sadness came to a rise

Words would falter to atone
Failure had passed the stepping stone
She had sworn her vows to another
This is when no-one will bother

And conceded pain in crumbling mirth
A harlot of God upon the earth
Found where she sacrificed her ways
That hollow love in her face

Still I plotted to have her back
The contentment that would fill the crack
My soul released a fluttering sigh
This day fell, the darkness nigh

I took her by the hand to say
All faith forever has been washed away
I returned for you in great dismay
Come with me, far away to stay

Endlessly gazing in nocturnal prime
She spoke of her vices and broke the rhyme
But baffled herself with the final line
My promise is made but my heart is thine

All of these elements combined with a great mix that lets every element shine through just as it should make for an album that is truly one of a kind. I urge everyone who thinks they don’t like Opeth to reconsider after hearing this album, as long as you’re hearing what I’m hearing. I’ll try to explain this trying to incite as few chants of “NEEEEEERD” as I can: the original mix of the album is kinda lackluster, so I took it unto myself to track down the 2008 Surround mix of the album and turn it into stereo, and now you can listen to it. Every Opeth fan I’ve shown this to agrees that this version (mixed by Jens Bogren) is the version about which most people would say “This is a good version”.

I sincerely hope you enjoy it as much as I do, I recommend reading the lyrics while you listen.

 

(P.S. I meant to write about the album on its actual anniversary last October, but lifeloving and other such things got in the way).

  • Still Life is an incredible album but I also like where Opeth seems to be going now as well.

  • Confession time: I haven’t heard any opeth aside from the newest one which put me to sleep.

    • Guacamole Jim
      • People get so obsessive about them that I kind of just got annoyed and ignored them.

        • Guacamole Jim
          • MoshOff

            THAT’S NOT IN THE BOOKS DAMNIT

          • So you are saying I’m fireproof? shit thanks man.

          • Guacamole Jim

            No no no I’m Daenerys. You’re the dude on fire.

          • Nordling Rites ov Kahlua

            Side note: Apart from Dance, the TV-series sucks.

          • Guacamole Jim

            Tywin is a fucking boss. But I gotta disagree — the TV series is awesome. I think it’s an excellent rendition of the books.

          • Nordling Rites ov Kahlua

            Refresh

          • Guacamole Jim

            wat

          • MoshOff

            F5

          • Guacamole Jim

            FU

            lolbuttz

          • Nordling Rites ov Kahlua

            I edited it a little

          • Guacamole Jim

            Never mind, I figured it out. I thought you’d attached an image or something.

          • Get out the hall!

          • Nordling Rites ov Kahlua

            My hall, my rules.

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      Wow, poser as fuck.

    • I have never listened to them either. This album seems kinda snooze worthy if you ask me.

      GL

    • OldMetalHead

      Someone turned me on to Ne Obliviscaris when Portal of I came out. I sent it to a friend of mine who responded that it was very old Opeth, so started listening at that point. I agree with you completely though, the new stuff is very 70’s prog rock, and not that interesting.

      • Hmm, I love NeO, may have to give Opeth a shot in that case.

      • Janitor Jim Dvggan

        I love 70’s prog rock though! That’s why I love the new stuff!

        • Commander Shepard

          In 2185 prog rock is outlawed because Janitor Jim wouldn’t shut up about it.

          • The Bestest Tapir

            God dammit Jim, look at what you will do!

          • Nordling Rites ov Kahlua

            Soeaking of which, familiar with Discordia?
            http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=H2IhWm_vOFI

          • The Bestest Tapir

            They ok

          • Nordling Rites ov Kahlua

            Ran into them yesterday, they also did a gig near here yesterday.

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          You would.

          • Tyree

            Another check mark on the the “You would” board.

          • Commander Shepard

            At this rate he should just rename himself “I would”

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I would name myself I Would if I didn’t like my username so much.

        • OldMetalHead
          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I despise this album. It’s still better than the new one though.

    • pssst
      (I haven’t either)

  • The Bestest Tapir

    Blackwater Park was my first Opeth album, but Still Life is still my favourite. I do enjoy their newer albums as well.

    • DDubya.

      Hey, I found your skeleton on my journies.

      • The Bestest Tapir

        That skeleton actually holds most of my postivity and happiness. Plz keep it away from me.

  • I don’t know if I would call Still Life “unsung.”
    Here’s my favorite song. It would be a good contender for Solo ov the Week, too.

    http://youtu.be/cJ9rbJcPyTA

  • Nordling Rites ov Kahlua

    Everyone here should know by now that I have spent the last five years agreeing that this is the best Opeth album and that BP is one of the more boring ones.

    • Other Opeth albums>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>BP.. I don’t know why so many people regard that album as their best. It’s TOO DAMN LONG!

      • Nordling Rites ov Kahlua

        For me, the lack of BM and way too much semi-bland DM makes a no-go. From Ghost Reveries on (and the acoustic album) they have made better albums again.

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain
  • Tyree
  • I binged their discography up to Watershed back in the day, but didn’t have as evolved of a taste as I do now (didn’t even like black metal back then.) The only one that stuck with me was Blackwater Park. I’m totally down to spin this album a few more times for fun

    • MoshOff

      I’m telling you, the mix in the video above is SUPER CEREAL GOOD, and I’m not saying that because the video’s mine.

      • I’m on spotify, so HQ version <3

        • MoshOff

          It’s not the same though. I hate to keep insisting, but there’s a really big difference.

          • I’m in a meeting, but I will take your word for it and try it

          • MoshOff

            THANK YOU MY LIEGE. I APOLOGIZE IF I SPOKE OUT OF TURN.

          • The derp king is merciful.

    • I’ve listened Still Life just one time. Now I feel bad to confess that I didn’t payed attention and that I still regard Ghost Reveries as my fav Opeth album <3

      • Guacamole Jim

        Ghost Reveries is my favourite too, mate.

    • Janitor Jim Dvggan

      Blackwater Park was an amazing album.

      • Nordling Rites ov Kahlua

        Nope

      • The Bestest Tapir

        ‘Twas a good album, not amazing imo. Watershed is better.

        • Nordling Rites ov Kahlua

          I repeat: Nope

          • The Bestest Tapir

            Who are you even?

          • Nordling Rites ov Kahlua

            An Enemy of The Free World, I hear

          • The Bestest Tapir

            Who has called you this, sis?

          • ME. INDIRECTLY

            GL

          • Nordling Rites ov Kahlua

            No one, not by these words

          • The Bestest Tapir

            I’m guessing it was yet another reference I’ve managed to miss.

          • Nordling Rites ov Kahlua

            See: Me vs GL yesterday

          • The Bestest Tapir

            I probably missed that one,

          • JUST SO YOU KNOW… I WOKE UP AT 3A OUR TIME AND COULDN’T FALL BACK ASLEEP CUZ ALL I COULD DO WAS THINK ABOUT YOUR COMMUNISM ARGUMENTS.

            GL

          • Nordling Rites ov Kahlua

            Mission: Accomplished

          • I HAVE A SLEW OF NEW ARGUMENTS BUT WILL KINDLY NOT BRING THEM UP WITH YOU.

            <3

            GL

          • Nordling Rites ov Kahlua

            <3
            You know what they say about opposites completing each other.

          • YEAH, THEY GET DIVORCED.

            GL

          • Nordling Rites ov Kahlua

            AT LEAST WE GET TO GET MARRIED FOR SIX MONTHS FIRST!

          • The Bestest Tapir

            I am proud of you, comrade Nordling.

          • Nordling Rites ov Kahlua

            A warm feeling fills me

  • Ok you guys, I’m getting the discography and listening at work today

    • Don’t do it. It is going to blow.

      GL

        • EAT IT RT. TAKE YOUR STEEL AND DESTROY YOUR OPETH COLLECTION CUZ ITS LOLBUTTZ

          GL

          • Commander Shepard

            Not possible, I am protecting it with a stasis field as well as a barrier.

          • TAKE YOUR DELOREAN AND GO BACK TO 1985, POSER

            GL

          • wrong fictional universe, bro

          • MURMADIER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER

            FUCK

            GL

          • Commander Shepard

            Lol fool, I have a Normandy, Ain’t no one got time for a delorean.

          • THE BEACHES OF NORMANDY ARE SACRED. 911 WAS AN INSIDE JOB.

            GL

          • Commander Shepard

            I also stole a tardis from that doctor idiotbag

          • So you can travel between fictional universes? Can you get me a hoverboard? I mean I can travel between points using Sai’din but hover boards would rule

          • Commander Shepard

            Yes I can, it’s great fun. My favorite thing to do is use an invisibility cloak spell to tip a pass in a an nfl game and then watch the chaos unfold. I can get you a hoveround.

          • Just the hover board. Just one too, Matt’s gonna be so pissed I didn’t get him one.

          • OH GREAT NOW YOU ARE HARRY POTTER, HUN? INVISIBILITY CLOAK? WEAK WEAK SHUT YOUR BEAK

            GL

          • Commander Shepard

            cloak spell, noob, not an actual physical cloak, god.

          • GREAT NOW YOU ARE A WIZARD TOO. SO TELL ME, DOES OPETH SOUND JUST AS BORING IN THE FUTURE?

            GL

          • I have no idea what’s going on here but it’s the worst circle jerk I’ve ever seen.

          • KEEP YOUR STEEL OUTTA THIS JOE. RUSTLEMANIA CANNOT BE ENJOYED BY ALL

            <3

            GL

          • KJM

            I don’t want you to get herniated jimmies from all this rusting.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I’m going to leave this thread before things get worse. It seems like a good idea.

          • Commander Shepard

            GL is pretty lost too

          • I HOPE YOU GET LOST BEHIND A WALL.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d45HmdK0b5E

            GL

          • I listened to this about three hours ago. Back for the Attack never gets old.

          • @joethrashnkill:disqus sounds like a challenge

          • Commander Shepard

            I’m an adept, not a wizard, ugh.

          • I DO NOT UNDERSTAND THIS GIMMICK, PLEB.

            GL

          • DONT PATRONIZE CS. I HAVE 1.21 JIGAREASONS FOR DIS. DON’T MAKE ME TYPE THOSE GODDAMNIT

            GL

          • I HAVE 88 REASONS WHY YOU GOT TIME FOR A DELOREAN. MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER MURMAIDER HOW ARE THOSE 88 REASONS POSER?

            GL

          • Thank you, warrior

          • Commander Shepard

            Any time, friend.

      • Commander Shepard

        Not as much as his face

      • The Bestest Tapir

        Big talk coming from the man who liked the new In Flames.
        Murmaider!

        • Lol he did? Lol

        • Janitor Jim Dvggan

          I love the new In Flames!

          • The Bestest Tapir

            You would
            -everyone

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            You hate Slim Jims. That’s just evil.

          • The Bestest Tapir

            I don’t even know what those are

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            As GL said Rustlemania has commenced you loofah!

          • The Bestest Tapir

            What does that have to do with Slim Jims?

          • EVERYTHING

            GL

          • OldMetalHead

            Macho Man Randy Savage reference?

          • The Bestest Tapir

            Don’t watch wrestling.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan
          • The Bestest Tapir

            Nah, I won’t

          • I CANNOT BELIEVE I JUST WATCHED ALL OF THIS.

            GL

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            You didn’t like it GL? There is better matches between the two in my opinion such as this classic from 1989.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAv-okziYPI

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            You have insulted the Macho Man. Now you get a flying elbow you mean, mean loofah! OOH YEAAAAHHHH!

          • The Bestest Tapir

            Here in Soviet Funland we don’t watch much wrestling.

          • CUZ YOU HATE LIBERTY, RIGHT?

            GL

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            He sure does.

          • The Bestest Tapir

            I would.

          • The Bestest Tapir

            Exactly!

          • OPPRESSION OF THE MIND AND SOUL IS A SIN

            GL

          • The Bestest Tapir

            Tapirs do not believe in sins.

          • I AM NOT SURPRISED. SO TELL ME MA, ARE YOU A MARXIST SYMPATHIZER, TOO?

            GL

          • The Bestest Tapir

            You can be dimmadarn sure I am.

          • YOU WOULD

            GL

          • M Shadows! *loofah hunter extr

            Sup, I got a call about a uncooperative loofah. You wouldn’t happen to know where I can find her?

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            You just replied to its comment. It hates wrestling, Slim Jims, and America.

          • The Bestest Tapir

            Guilty as charged.

          • M Shadows! *loofah hunter extr

            Nice try, I know it’s you, another one bites the dust.

          • KJM

            Slim Jims are meat stick snacks that taste vaguely of Pepperoni.

          • The Bestest Tapir

            Ok, we have similiar things, but they have no special names. They’re just called salami/pepperoni sticks.

          • KJM

            I don’t care if Macho Man “liked” them. Slim Jims are nasty. I’ll stick with regular beef jerky if I have to.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I love them. I have since I was little.

          • Commander Shepard

            I’m so surprised! said no one

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Holy fuck. You so would.

    • Guacamole Jim
    • whoa. to hear Opeth again for the first time…
      probably should do it in order, like we did in real time.
      gosh i’d love to see/hear your reactions to some of the songs

      • SNOOZE.

        GL

      • Well, you got my steam, I’m always on there lol. I only had time to downlaod still life and blackwater park though, ill try and grab more at work

    • KJM

      FWIW, I like Opeth but I’m not a superfan. The new stuff sounds much better live. I’ve seen them and will see them again if they do a proper headlining tour.

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain
    • MoshOff

      I read somewhere that to do the fadeouts on this album they had to all stand there and physically move the volume faders down on the mixing board. Kvlt as Fvck.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Good old analog.

        • HELL YEAH. ANALOG IS SO GOOD THEY KEEP USING TO THIS DAY. IT SOUNDS SO CLEAR

          GL

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Your sarcasm is noted.

          • GOOD

            GL

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            GREAT.

          • Tyree

          • FLAGGED FOR REPEAT GIF/IMAGE USE

            GL

          • Tyree

            BUMMER

          • yeah but it’s GL so i’m laughing anywayz

          • Same with analog synths, which I’m glad are making a comeback. Digital synths are ok, but kinda clunky in comparison, and nowhere near as ‘warm sounding’.

      • :O w00t

    • Tyree

      Great album! I really like the creepy atmosphere in this song. Starts around 3:12. Fucking chills.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7sOi71ObYY

  • BLVKKBEVRD

    OT: making the coworkers listen to
    http://youtu.be/49figpiRcRU

    • Lacertilian

      Have you heard Toundra?
      Similar to Russian Circles but Spanish & more diverse.

  • Akercocke ov Steele

    Funny I was just listening to this the other day. I love all old Opeth.

  • JWG

    I am inclined to agree with this opinion, even though I myself didn’t discover Opeth until later in their game (Ghost Reveries). It’s definitely their best – though Blackwater Park is, to be honest, just a nose behind. And I’m not just saying that to fit in either.

    Bit of reference: I was introduced to Opeth by a guy who insisted that everything that they had done before GR was great, but it sucked by comparison. Lots. And then he had the same opinion of Watershed while GR magically moved into the “Great” column. I take it this is not an isolated condition, though it clearly takes a lot of cognitive dissonance to pull off regularly.

    I haven’t heard from him or since 2009, though, so no way to tell if he did the same when Heritage came out (although in that case alone I might agree)…

  • Pagliacci is Kvlt/Not Mad

    “Still I plotted to have her back. The contentment that would fill the crack”

    http://images.tvrage.com/screencaps/14/2746/19088.jpg

    • Tyree

      No laughing.

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    This and Apostle they’ve never played live, well at least since I first saw them in 2000. I would kill to see those two songs live.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vbo0KGGKw4o

  • Guacamole Jim
  • Tyree
    • IN SOVIET RUSSIA DRUNK DRIVES YOU

      GL

    • I thought ozzy wasnt allowed to operate heavy machinery

      • Tyree

        Dude is taken a serious beaten.

        • WHICH IS TOTALLY LEGAL

          GL

          • Tyree

            AWESOME!

    • Bret Michaels is at it again! It’s 1984 all over again!

  • BLVKKBEVRD

    Working on a corvette

  • nbm02ss

    I prefer “My Arms, Your Hearse”.

  • Stanley

    Well, Mr. MoshOff, it’s certainly my favorite Opeth album. When I saw them back in 2005 at the Fillmore, I was treated to the Moor. I guess they don’t perform this one live very often (or at least they didn’t at the time). Still Life also contains my favorite Opeth riff of all time.

    The link is below and it starts in the right place so there’s no faffing around.

    http://youtu.be/WGg155CcGKE?t=4m25s

    • OldMetalHead

      Is that the Fillmore in Springfield or a different one? I saw 4ARM, Flotsam and Jetsam, Overkill, and Testament at the Fillmore in Springfield, but I know there’s a more famous Fillmore in NYC.

      • Stanley

        The Fillmore in SF. Which happens to be 15 min walk from my gaf. Sweeettt!

        • OldMetalHead

          Awesome! Lot’s of amazing concerts there.

      • Stanley

        That’s a decent line up (although I’ve never heard of 4ARM). I was well into Flotsam and Jetsam when I was a nipper. I still dig out “No Place for Disgrace” for a spin every now and again.

        • OldMetalHead

          4ARM is a pretty new Australian band. They were ok. Flotsam played pretty much the whole “No Place for Disgrace” album. It was one of the highlights of the night for me. I saw them back in 1988 at a bar in Tuscon, but they still sounded great in 2013.

        • First time seeing anyone mention 4arm since Corey Mitchell wrote about their 2012 release. Really not a bad album at all. ‘Raise A Fist’ is a fantastic workout song.

  • damn that lifeloving!!
    it’s so hard to pick a fav. one day it’s Deliverance, one day it’s My Arms…

    • Ted Nü-Djent ™

      I just stick with GR

  • Warheart

    My fave Opeth album, actually, after this, I was slightly disappointed with Blackwater Park, and every album that came after was just worst and worst. It wasn’t until Pale Communion that I liked an Opeth album again.

  • Stanley

    “quite possibly one of the best prog/folk/extreme metal fusion albums of all time”

    Your honor, may I present “Godhead’s Lament” as Exhibit A!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r10zK743XNo&spfreload=10

  • now that we’ve all Disqus’d our favourite OpeTH albums, how about least favourites?
    1) Heritage
    2) Pale Communion

    • Warheart

      Damnation.

    • Sofa, So Good… So What!

      I can’t quiet get into Deliverance, although A Fair Judgement is great, outro excluded.

    • Ted Nü-Djent ™

      Orchid, shit bored me and put me off getting into Opeth for about 10 years. Heritage was awful too and a big ol’ screw you pal for not liking PC

  • The album that got me into Opeth, actually, and still my fave.
    BTW, yet again, the in-person interview I did with Mikael way back when. The smell of beer and potato salad backstage is still fresh in my memory!

    http://www.chaindlk.com/interviews/Opeth/

    • German potato salad or Regular potato salad?

      • I’m gonna guess German. Regular potato salad definitely doesn’t smell that loud!

        • i just want some german potato salad now. shit’s amazing.

          • Count_Breznak

            WTF goes by “german potatoe salad”. There actually is no “german potato salad”, it varies by county from “a potato accidently fell into my pot of minced meat” to “anything but potatoe+pickle+oil+vinegar is blasphemy”, so Id really like to know.

    • KJM

      Fucking awesome!

    • you’re awesome, Kim <3

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    Beware lifelovers…….

    http://www.hellsheadbash.com/

    • Tyree

      KILLER!

  • Oh, and listened to Angra’s ‘Secret Garden’ last night. And it indeed RULES! Definitely alot more flow and cohesion than Aqua or Aurora Consergens (both of which sound like b-sides collections to me). Fabio’s definitely expanding his style, and it’s the first time I’ve heard him sing something other than the usual D&D/Tolkien cheese fest. No flushes!

  • Scrimm

    Don’t like Opeth but I think this is their best. Good write up

  • KJM

    Great version of ‘Face Of Melinda’

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NciIFXst90E

  • I need to get around to listening to Opeth. They’re one of those bands that I’ve been meaning to listen to for about five years but just never got around to it. Mastodon is also on this list.

  • Further Down the Metal Hole

    The Opeth bug infected me roughly a year ago, have been gradually collecting their discography since. From scratch I’ve gotten up to Deliverance but for some reason I left out Still Life although it’s definitely on the list.

    I beat myself about not having checked them out earlier, I’m still stunned by their music.

  • Ted Nü-Djent ™

    It’s an album I often forget but when I remember it…

  • Conor Corrigan

    Still Life is a fantastic album. That said, if I were asked to pick a favorite Opeth album I would have to say it’s Ghost Reveries. That album is beautiful.