Un ami me parle d'Opeth... Qui çà ? C'est une vrai claque... J'ai acheté les albums et depuis Deliverance ne quitte plus ni ma platine, mon Ipod, mon lecteur dans la voiture ... Opeth, et Steve Wilson de Procupine Tree à la production, me portent, me transportent, me décollent... j'en deviens le Surfer d'Argent !... Trois heures d'autoroute où l'album a tourné en boucle... Le morceau Deliverance, imaginez moi vibrant sur mon tapis volant, passé le péage... filant... et après 9'22 de musique, Opeth calme un peu le jeu, guitares douces et envolées paisibles quand tout se déchaîne à nouveau... un fin de folie de 3'30 mn quel bonheur ! Rien pour la fin de ce morceau, achetez l'album !... C'est un ordre
fifi591ER COMMENTATEUR DU HALL D'HONNEUR le 17 avril 2003
Opeth est de retour avec un album, une fois de plus, sublime. Son dark métal mélodique, progressif et atmosphérique, est magistralement exécuté par un groupe dont on ressent les influences Porcupine Tree, dont le groupe est fan. L'alternance voix death et claire, de haute qualité, les compositions d'une grande richesse, le son parfait, font de cet album un chef-d'oeuvre.
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Your salvation.20 novembre 2002
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Another Opeth album, and again the pillars of progressive metal must inevitably quake in terrified awe. Luckily, most will remain safe since Opeth basically remains a niche within a niche. For the esurient progressive music fan not queasy with a hellish vocal, however, it is obvious that they are one of progressive metal's leading bands. Opeth's latest album continues to their brutal heavy passages with gorgeous acoustic interludes and a protean expanse of other flavors ranging from Scandinavian folk to jazz to 70s prog. Even though this is their sixth album, Mikael Åkerfeldt's bohemian preoccupation with creating progressive music remains as poignant as ever. While _Deliverance_ does call upon familiar elements from past albums, it likewise adds new assets to the Opethian palette -- especially the final song, "By the Pain I See in Others". After all, Opeth is nothing if not surprising. Right now, I'm not sure how I would rate this relative to other Opeth works. Certain things are clear, however. For one thing, it the most complex musically. This makes it difficult to take in quickly, but Opeth was never musical fast-food anyway. With only six songs, all ten minutes or longer (not including a short instrumental), it is quite overwhelming to take in at first. The astonishing drumming, heaviness, and seemingly impenetrable song structures necessitate a lot of listening. Lyrically, Åkerfeldt has mined a very personal side which makes this the most emotional of Opeth's albums. The lyrics are gorgeous, haunting, darkly evocative. Ex. "Pacing further down | Familiar children's laughter | Dissonant and out of time | And their eyes are dead | Watching myself in a pool of water | Wearing the mask of a ghost | Smeared all across my skin | Rotten earth and insects." Creepy! "Wreath" opens with a tempestuous fury unlike any previous Opeth song. An inferno of guitars pours on the attack, a gale of drums besieges the mix, and Åkerfeldt's chthonic growl waste no time getting into things. The towering sonic architecture of Opeth's compositions stands out for all 11 minutes of this fierce track, a menagerie of dark, crushing rhythms. As this song demonstrates, the band is so surreally powerful due to the sheer density of their heavy assault, especially here, because this is their heaviest album by a fair margin. This disc is a big onslaught of sound. Opeth's thick wall-of-sound arrangements are not just distorted blobs of noise, however -- the instrumental interplay is elaborately constructed, rife with nuance and intricacy. Guitars are often used in a keyboard like way, creating waves of ambience over top a scorched-earth battlefield of guitars and drums and the hellfire vocals of Åkerfeldt. "By the Pain I See in Others" is one of the most experimental Opeth song to date. Early on, the gelid growls washing over the acoustic guitar is an absolutely spellbinding and somewhat unnerving effect. Later, an eerie section evoking carnival music forms a haunting atmosphere. Awesome riffs are everywhere. And when it goes quiet at the end, keep listening...one of the most mysteriously beautiful Opeth moments brings the album to its end. And in between, you have four other amazing songs: "Deliverance" is sure to be an Opethian classic, with awesome riffs from the outset, stirring ambiance, and beautiful soft sections; "A Fair Judgment", a pseudo-ballad with soaring guitars lines, melting pianos, ghostly bursts of atmosphere, gorgeous vocal harmonies (you can hear Steven Wilson's vocal influence big time); "For Absent Friends", a brief halcyon instrumental with a touch of jazz; and "Master's Apprentices", opening with an evil groove and proceeding through a terrain of rhythmic power and gorgeous soft passages typical of Opeth. _Deliverance_ demonstrates clearly that Åkerfeldt is turning into a fine singer. While he summons forth his demonic growl from some nether realm, his singing voice must be called from the heavens. He is also a classic aesthete, with an ear for arrangement and chord selections that would humble the best. _Deliverance_ showcases a band that continues to astonish and grow. _Deliverance_ makes previous albums -- while beautiful and amazing -- seem underdeveloped, in a way. In March 2003, Opeth will release the _Deliverance_'s "mellow" follow-up called _Damnation_. Until then, we can revel in what we have here -- yet another astonishing release from one of the most powerful forces in progressive metal. Opeth is a truly mythic experience, and _Deliverance_ is your salvation from traditional prog metal. Enjoy.
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So good it should have a warning label23 novembre 2002
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Opeth have become sort of an underground metal legend in the past few years, and deservedly so. Although their sound clearly has roots in death metal, at the same time they're willing to go outside the genre and do something completely different. "Deliverance," like every Opeth album, has the guttural vocals and heavy guitars that are the hallmark of death metal, but there's a lot more going on here. Opeth use acoustic guitars and clean vocals extensively, and it works wonders. I can't think of any band I've heard that creates such emotionally and musically diverse albums, and Opeth have done it six times now. I'm not one of those fans that have gone ga-ga over everything Opeth has done, but any way you slice it this album is amazing. Although Opeth are obviously highly skilled musicians, this isn't the most complex or technical metal I've heard. I think Opeth's real appeal lies in their music's evocative power and in the element of melody that they bring to their sound. Opeth have a way of playing that manages to convey a lot of emotion, whether you can make out the lyrics or not. Sometimes the band rages, at other times they sound mournful and contemplative, but it's always obvious that they put a lot of feeling into what they do. And since Opeth are Swedish, they have tons of those catchy, melodic guitars that give that country's metal its distinctive flavor. The eleven-minute opener "Wreath" is a fine example of just what makes Opeth such a great and unique band. Mikael Akerfeldt delivers his vocals in a rumbling, menacing death growl almost reminiscent of Cannibal Corpse's Chris Barnes, but with far more of a melodic sensibility. And like most of Opeth's songs, it has an epic feel that few extreme metal bands can conjure up. "Wreath" is followed by the even longer (thirteen and a half minutes) title track. "Deliverance" is definitely my favorite song on the disc, as well as the one that I feel best exemplifies what Opeth are all about. It starts out, much as "Wreath" does, with Akerfeldt's menacing death vocals, but then quickly switches to acoustic guitars and clean vocals. The song ends up being an emotional roller coaster, with myriad shifts in vocal and musical style (the song also has an extremely cool outro). That's what I like most about Opeth: they seem comitted to exploring a broad range of moods, both with their lyrics (which I'll admit I need to brush up on a bit) and their music. Anyway, the next track, "A Fair Judgement," is another gem. I didn't really like it at first, but like many great songs, it needs a little time. The vocals are all sung, but that's not a problem at all. Akerfeldt's singing voice is extremely powerful and emotional, and the song expertly mixes acoustic and electric guitars, so it never gets boring. I'm not a huge fan of soft or slow music, but "A Fair Judgement" is just plain mesmerizing. "A Fair Judgement" is followed by the brief acoustic interlude "For Absent Friends," but the album then makes a quick return to heaviness with "Master's Apprentices." This song is loaded with violent guitar work and some of Akerfeldt's scariest and most tortured-sounding vocals, but there's also a mellow acoustic section and a couple of terrific guitar leads. Needless to say, it rules. The album concludes with "By the Pain I See in Others." This song is in pretty much the same vein as the others, except it briefly includes some weird vocal effects that I don't recall ever having heard in an Opeth song before. Other than that, though, it's typical Opeth all the way. Okay, it's come to my attention that this review may have run a tad bit long, but I think it's a testament to Opeth's abilities that they've made my keyboard run over this much. They're one of the few bands that I think have been able to develop a style that truly can't be imitated. And this album may be the best example yet of just how good they are. Keep 'em coming, guys.
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Opeth "Deliver"...again!22 septembre 2005
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"Deliverance" is yet another example of Opeth's brilliance. This album came out in 2002, only a year after the release of "Blackwater Park" (because they had good success with that album), and it might be this Swedish band's heaviest album. All of their albums are heavy, so calling this one their heaviest is really saying something. These songs are fairly consistently heavy and show quite a bit of death metal influence.
Part of why "Deliverance," Opeth's sixth full length, is so smart is they figured out a way to make it clock in at 62 minutes flat. But this album's songwriting is also great. The key to their success is recognizing the value of contrast (balancing and blending things which are very different). "Deliverance" is just so many things all at once. It is pretty and ugly, progressive and heavy, fast and slow, bold and subtle, punishing and satisfying. Some other metal bands (not mentioning any names, here) are afraid of adding melody, because they think it risks being called a sell-out, while others add melody just to break up their C.D.'s monotony. Opeth, however, do it just because they're so darn good at it! In addition to this album being full of soft breakdowns, singer Mikael Akerfeldt displays a very impressive vocal range by seamlessly switching from bellowing (like Deicide's Glenn Benton and Immortal's Olve Eikemo) to imitating a voice (which could be Justin Timberlake). The end result is an album full of great friction (between the beauty and brutality).
"Wreath" begins with a fast drum intro before rocketing into a guitar assault, with some death metal roars. The drumming (by Martin Lopez) is very fast and talented throughout this song, and some melody is included, but it's thrown in late in the song (when the soft hand percussion makes an appearance).
The title track is also driven by fast, thumping drumming, but there's an acoustic breakdown around one minute and twenty seconds in, where the drums slow way down and Mikael sings properly. The lurching, crunchy riffs and blinding double bass drums re-enter and take over the track again, but, even when the music is heavy, Mikael sings melodically about half the time.
"A Fair Judgement" is a very atmospheric and depressing track. It begins with a piano (and some feedback from the piano keys), then the drums tap lightly, and the song stays soft until the electric guitars kick in (and even then, the beat isn't super heavy).
"For Absent Friends" is a beautiful acoustic instrumental which is slow and melancholy.
"Master's Apprentices" returns to form, with booming riffs, amazingly fast drumming (which sort of sounds like a drum machine) and more death metal barks.
"By the Pain I See in Others" has more surging, sometimes machine gun riffs and a sprinting drum beat. To end the song (and the album), however, there's about a minute of silence, then Mikael comes on and sings a capella, with a dreary voice.
In addition to being their heaviest, this album could be Opeth's best. It matches past greats like "Blackwater Park" and my personal favorite, "My Arms, Your Hearse." So, if you own those albums, definitely get this one, too. And if you're new to this band, and you're wondering if this album is any good, my answer would be: of course it's good, it's Opeth!
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Heavy, Original, Brilliant.19 juin 2003
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Opeth are one of the finer progressive metal bands I've heard, I think. You've heard it 1000 times before: Opeth takes incredibly heavy riffs and death metal growling and mixes them with regular vocals, melodic guitar riffs, and often acoustic guitars. This does not get old; Opeth keeps every album fresh and original. On "Deliverance", the heaviness is kicked up a notch, and the melody and clean vocals take a bit of a back step. Now, don't get me wrong. There are some great acoustic guitar parts, but overall this is Opeth's heaviest album. Just because it's heavier doesn't mean the songs are shorter. The songs are still in the 10-13 minute range, except for the brief instrumental "For Absent Friends". Opeth are very talented musicians, and they have a unique songwriting style. Peter Lindgren adds his melodic solos to many parts, and they are often paralyzingly beautiful ("A Fair Judgment" and "For Absent Friends" especially, but all his solos are good). Martin Lopez tears it up on this album, with pounding dopulbe bass and super fast fills, but he also knows how to lay back and play for the song, which he does most of the time. Opening up the album is a lightning quick drum fill and a super-heavy guitar riff. Mikael's vocals come in reminding me of Cannibal Corpse. He's really developed a deeper voice since the days of "Morningrise". I like it better. The song slows down after a few minutes to a more melodic part in 6/8, that's stunningly beautiful, although still pretty heavy. The title track is familiar Opeth, but much more heavy and intense. The end vamps on an amazing timed guitar riff. You'll know the one when it comes. It's sick as hell. "Master's Apprentice" almost reminds me of Black-album Metallica, until the vocals come in. It has that crunchy "Sad But True" feel though. The song gets more interesting though, with some nice melodic bits in the middle. "By The Pain I See in Others" features some death metal vocals over a clean guitar bit. It sounded weird as hell to me at first, but now I think it sounds right, in a demented way. Great song. In addition to the heavier parts, this album features perhaps the most beautiful Opeth song to date (not including anything off "Damnation", which I will review next). "A Fair Judgement" is one of my favorite Opeth songs. It's beautifully melodic and mellow at the beginning. It keeps building up, while staying melodic, and then coming back down to more mellow parts. The guitar leads are incredibly beautiful thoughout the whole song. Truly, this song is gorgeous like few others. Probably my favorite on the album. "For Absent Friends" is a nice, short piece. It's basically just an acoustic guitar with an electric lead over it, but it gives you that chillingly beautiful feeling all Opeth acoustic songs do. This album is disgustingly good, but I wouldn't recommend it as your first Opeth album, as it's heaviness may be over powering. Get "Blackwater Park" first, and if you like that, immediately buy "Deliverance" and their newest "Damnation" (which is incredibly good also.)
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Opeth has a new album. Enough said,go order it.....16 novembre 2002
M. J. Spencer
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I've been a huge fan of the band Opeth ever since I read a review of their album Orchid in an underground metal mag. I finally found myself a copy,and I've been hooked on them since. As a long time fan,I can honestly say this album is one that took the longest to grow on me. I was kind of disappointed at first,maybe I was setting the bar too high. After many subsequent listenings,the album started to reveal itself,and I was finding the songs and textures much deeper then I orginally thought. I would recommend this album to anyone. One of Opeths finest. The song Deliverance is one of the cds high points. This is absolute classic Opeth. One of the best things on this album is Martin Lopez. Good god,this is some serious drumming. Anyone into metal dummers would do themselves a favor by picking up this CD. He is incredible. The musicianship as a whole is excellent as usual,and the production by Porcupine Trees Steve Wilson,is amazing. As I said earlier in the review,this album didnt hit me straight in the head like some of the earlier Opeth albums,but it had a huge payoff once I got it. Give it a try,and give it a chance to sink into you brain. So many people do not let things sink in,and rush to judgement,then miss out on the big picture. Enjoy.