Special Edition DVD
Ghost Reveries brings Opeth to it's normal facture, alternating heavy parts with mellow ones, death vocals with straight. I must admit to having gotten used to listening to the death vocals (to some extent) and now being even able to enjoy them (my friend Nuno will be proud of me). The compositions on Ghost Reveries are excellent and I consider it to be Opeth's strongest album to date. Highly recommended indeed.
So Opeth has been developing their particular style for years now, and after Damnation and Deliverance where they managed to separate quite obviously the two major sides of their musicality, in this 2005’s release they were able to perfectly combine them, in an even more deep and successful way than ever before.
Ghost Reveries is a terrific voyage into the deepest corners of Death Progressive Metal, by ways of a flawless combination between heavy electrical distortion and melodic acoustic melancholy.
While tracks such as Atonement and Isolation Years keep things on the Damnation paths, this meaning a slower, melodic progressive “neo” styling, the other tracks perfectly merge the two worlds that serve as pillars to Opeth’s musical adventure.
One of the things that stand out in this album is the growing and now well cemented use of keyboards. They are now as important as the other instruments, and not only add profundity to the overall result, but they also further the progressive vibe into non before achieved sonic brilliancy.
The vocal department shows a growing use of clean parts, now not only appearing in the calmer parts, but also used in some heavier venues, to perfectly counterbalance the harsh Death Metal vocalizations that keep an important part on the bands sound, like used as another instrument to emphasize the most powerful parts and add an emotional background to those heavier sets.
The exquisite changes that keep happening throughout the tracks, and that eloquently comprehend those two major assets of Opeth’s musical journeys, are done in such way that all seems natural and logic. Yet in a way that keep taking the listener by surprise and constantly providing new moments of pure bliss and pleasure to the listeners hears.
Emotionally, this album is fully charged in anger and grief, providing a theatrical feel in which the listener is invited to dwell and that easily transports that listener into the bowels of the music, making him feel part of the experience.
This band is one of the most important contemporary progressive bands, no matter what your tastes are, and its now time for everyone (especially those who dislike metal) to start understanding that Progressive Metal has an important role in the current overall Progressive Scene, and that that same role keeps increasing its importance. Love it or hate it, but bands like Opeth are brilliant, groundbreaking and utterly progressive, like but a few other bands in act nowadays.
What more to say about Ghost Reveries apart from re-stating what I said in the beginning of this review?! For me, Album of the Year!