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Not Terrible, But Pretty Damn Close... - 48%

ict1523, June 2nd, 2005

A lot of people have been telling me how great Opeth was and that I should really check them out...and I did. I must tell you this album isn't anything special, but it isn't that horrible either...it has its moments.

Some biggest complaints about Opeth are that they really stretch out songs, many going longer than 10 minutes, some close to 20. There is no need for that, you are just sure to bore a listener, meandering for 10-20 minutes doesn't really do much especially when your music contains so many acoustic pieces. I don't hate acoustic pieces, in fact when done properly I love acoustic parts, however Opeth in my opinion doesn't have that talent. Their acoustic pieces are boring and don't impress me at all. It is just unnecessary crap...they are mediocre at the rest. You could definately hear both the guitars and drums one doesn't outweigh the other here and that is a positive. However Opeth fails in really capturing my interest. Sure it isn't utter shit but it just isn't amazing...which is what I look for in bands. Also it does not sound good when you have heavy music with drums and guitars and you sing clean vocals, that would be best saved for acoustic pieces, keep with the growls at that time...Let's analyze this song by song...

We start off with "Wreath" which is probably the best song on this album as it doesn't contain any acoustics, and the drums and guitars actually do a decent job blending together, not amazing, but good. There are also some decent riffs however none are memorable. It might be 11:09 in length however I am not dying of boredom by 6 minutes here. There are some decent growls however the vocals here or on the rest of the album aren't too impressive.

"Deliverance" is an okay song. It draws out to a dreadful 13:35 however not all parts are bad here. One thing I have to comment on is that the intro to the song is just horrible, it doesn't sound like an intro just a continuation of another song which is not Wreath, but some other crap. There are some ok growls here at the beginning but soon at around 1:10 it turns into acoustics and whispers, and the whispers make it even worse...It picks up again at 2:54 so over a minute of waste here, and later on at around the 5 minute mark my point about clean vocals and real metal music comes in, it just doesn't blend in making it sound terrible. At 8:42 it turns acoustic again and picks up a minute later and just meanders endlessly until 13:35, I say cut out the crappy parts and you'll have a pretty decent song with some riffs and solos...but this way you just spoiled it by drawing it out...

"A Fair Judgement" has a bad beginning, a bit of quiet guitars or keyboards, whatever, not that most people would care...this goes on to about 1:20 and then we get acoustics and clean guitars until we pick up the pace a little FINALLY by 1:55. It meanders until 2:30 when we once again get greeted by whispers and acoustics...it picks up again...and goes back to acoustics...and well you get the point. This is what you basically get here...pretty worthless song if you ask me.

"For Absent Friends" is just a boring instrumental piece...nothing more to this...

Another bad beginning for "Masters Apprentices" but at least it has a beginning...and wow...they stayed away from acoustics until a little after 5 mins and it meanders like this until after 8 minutes. Then we boringly go on to a little past 10 minutes...

Want a summary for "By The Pain I See In Others"? Just take "Masters Apprentices" combined with the same drums, guitars, and same boring vocals...

As you can see the first two tracks are the only ones worth listening to on the album. The rest is just more of the same but more boring. It just doesn't seem new after that, just a repeat basically. Opeth is not a very good band, some suggestions would be to cut the songs almost in half and don't do acoustics or real metal drums/guitars with clean vocals and you have a decent band...and try to improve on that too...they aren't terrible once again, but just nothing impressive and quite boring...