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What are your three favorite Opeth records?

Orchid
7 (1.2%)
Morningrise
12 (2.1%)
My Arms, Your Hearse
24 (4.2%)
Still Life
70 (12.2%)
Blackwater Park
143 (24.9%)
Deliverance
40 (7%)
Damnation
45 (7.8%)
Ghost Reveries
135 (23.5%)
Watershed
55 (9.6%)
Heritage
17 (3%)
Pale Communion
27 (4.7%)

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Re: The official Opeth thread v. Sorceress
« Reply #1260 on: August 17, 2018, 10:03:52 AM »
Man, I miss these guys. I hope we get one more studio album. All indications point to the band, and mainly Mikael, kind of teetering out but I still love the direction they took with basically having to let the growls go.

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Re: The official Opeth thread v. Sorceress
« Reply #1261 on: August 17, 2018, 10:09:26 AM »
They appear to be in the process of writing a new album with the aim of releasing it in Q1 2019. I too love post growl Opeth just as much as pre growl, though I'm willing to bet I'm in the minority with that.
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Re: The official Opeth thread v. Sorceress
« Reply #1262 on: August 17, 2018, 10:42:37 AM »
They appear to be in the process of writing a new album with the aim of releasing it in Q1 2019. I too love post growl Opeth just as much as pre growl, though I'm willing to bet I'm in the minority with that.

Would love to have a heavy Opeth album (like GR, Blackwater, Deliverance) but without the growls. The 70s sounding Opeth really bores me to death.
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Re: The official Opeth thread v. Sorceress
« Reply #1263 on: August 17, 2018, 11:20:31 AM »
They appear to be in the process of writing a new album with the aim of releasing it in Q1 2019. I too love post growl Opeth just as much as pre growl, though I'm willing to bet I'm in the minority with that.

I'm with you there.... both eras are amazing

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Re: The official Opeth thread v. Sorceress
« Reply #1264 on: August 17, 2018, 11:30:19 AM »
Fredrik said back in July that Mikael already has nearly 12 songs written for a new album.

http://www.prog-sphere.com/specials/opeth-fredrik-akesson-about-next-album/

“We’re very much into the demoing. I’ve recorded a lot of solos so far. And Mikael [Akerfeldt, guitar/vocals] has almost already written 12 songs for the new album, so we have more material than enough for an album. But I think we will at least try to finish 15 songs. So hopefully we’ll work on song ideas very soon.“

Saying the band is aiming to release the record during the first quarter of 2019, Fredrik added:

    “I’m not sure if it’s gonna happen, but we’re working towards that, and the songwriting goes very well. Mikael has been very productive these last… since January, basically. We did the last touring for ‘Sorceress‘ in November.“

As for the musical direction of the fresh material, Akesson said:

    “Compared to the last three albums, I would say, if I can reveal anything, this album is more complex, more energetic, and I think it’s gonna be something.“
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Re: The official Opeth thread v. Sorceress
« Reply #1265 on: August 17, 2018, 11:49:06 AM »
Sorceress sounds so pleasant without the artificial production.

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Re: The official Opeth thread v. Sorceress
« Reply #1266 on: August 17, 2018, 11:54:13 AM »
    "I think it’s gonna be something.“
This sounds like Parama anticipating a mediocre album
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Re: The official Opeth thread v. Sorceress
« Reply #1267 on: August 17, 2018, 02:25:38 PM »
Sorceress sounds so pleasant without the artificial production.
Yeah, this is so much better than the studio version. Although I don't have a problem with the retro production on the latest few albums (except for the overmuddy Sorceress), I wouldn't mind at all if they tried to capture their live sound on the next album, because it makes the songs sound beefier.
A live version of Cusp of Eternity has been released on the Sorceress' second disc. There are also a couple of live versions on youtube from festivals such as Wacken.

Heir Apparent has been released in the live album "The Devil's Orchard - Live At Rock Hard Festival 2009" and has also been played on every tour (like Cusp of Eternity) and also has official videos from festivals such as Wacken.

The Devil's Orchard is the same thing. Overplayed, featured on live cd, featured in official videos from festivals. It was also released in the live album from Plovdiv:

https://www.discogs.com/Opeth-Enslaved-Opeth-Enslaved/release/10967425

Deliverance and Demon of the Fall are also there... And this was last year..

The other songs that you didn't mention: Ghost of Perdition, Demon of the Fall, In My Time of Need, Deliverance all appeared on live albums and/or DVDs. Aside from that, they have been played over and over again on almost every tour.

So what you are getting are 3 new songs which didn't appear on live records nor DVDs. All the rest did.
Eh, festival streams generally sound terrible, and the Rock Hard recording and the Plovdiv live came with magazines and therefore weren't very easily available. This is the first time we're getting Heir Apparent, Cusp of Eternity and The Devil's Orchard on an official full-length live video. That said, I wish they'd also played some of the stuff that they did on the UK tour last November, namely Moon Above, Sun Below, Hessian Peel and Häxprocess: https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/opeth/2017/o2-ritz-manchester-england-53e0832d.html

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Re: The official Opeth thread v. Sorceress
« Reply #1268 on: August 17, 2018, 05:48:58 PM »
That was an awesome setlist! Had me super jealous for sure!

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Re: The official Opeth thread v. Sorceress
« Reply #1269 on: August 25, 2018, 06:44:28 AM »
I found this article online, and I don't know if it has ever been posted before, but I found this an interesting and at times funny read. You may not agree with the order the author puts the albums in (I did not), but the historic perspective he gives on the band's albums is quite detailed and well thought out.

https://www.stereogum.com/1902979/opeth-albums-from-worst-to-best/franchises/counting-down/
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Re: The official Opeth thread v. Sorceress
« Reply #1270 on: September 07, 2018, 12:40:44 PM »
Demon of the Fall from the DVD

Looks like they had another technical mishap with the guitar like the one in The Lotus Eater on RAH :P Mikael's growls have audibly improved since The Drapery Falls from Plovdiv - good thing he stopped smoking. They'll probably never be as good as pre-2008, but the worst phase seems to be over.

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Re: The official Opeth thread v. Sorceress
« Reply #1271 on: September 07, 2018, 01:03:26 PM »
Why did they slow down the tempo? I think most of the energy of that track comes from it being fast. Now it sounds like a cover band. And his growls still suck.

This is a good version:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxGAN5fYUsI

You have to turn to bootlegs to get a decent version.  ;D

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Re: The official Opeth thread v. Sorceress
« Reply #1272 on: September 07, 2018, 07:38:27 PM »
I thought it was a really solid performance, thanks for sharing the video  :tup

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Re: The official Opeth thread v. Sorceress
« Reply #1273 on: November 02, 2018, 11:25:42 PM »
So they have now released 3 vids from Red Rocks. The most recent being Ghost of Perdition. I gotta say, I have no issues with Mike's vocals. He sounds fine to me.

With that said, Axe made me cringe a few times trying to play Lopez's parts. Axe has his strengths and is not a bad drummer by any means, but his limitations show with some of Lopez's stuff.

My copy of this set should be here next week and I can't wait to have a clean sounding version of Sorceress. Really wish they would remaster that album and remove the mud.
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Re: The official Opeth thread v. Sorceress
« Reply #1274 on: November 03, 2018, 06:17:36 AM »
They appear to be in the process of writing a new album with the aim of releasing it in Q1 2019. I too love post growl Opeth just as much as pre growl, though I'm willing to bet I'm in the minority with that.

I'm with you there.... both eras are amazing

I actually love Heritage, but am pretty bored with the latter two (save for a handful of songs). With that said, I would absolutely love to get more live releases featuring the last 3 albums. Seeing Heritage live was a game changer, and after listening to some of Garden of the Titans, the material seems to work so much better in a live setting.

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Re: The official Opeth thread v. Sorceress
« Reply #1275 on: November 07, 2018, 08:44:35 AM »
Hearing Ghost of Perdition live made me miss "old" Opeth.
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Re: The official Opeth thread v. Sorceress
« Reply #1276 on: November 08, 2018, 12:50:51 PM »
Looking forward to seeing this one. Last Opeth gig I saw was pretty uninspired (Fortarock 2018), but on Graspop 2017 I thought they were the best band of the entire festival. Well, even amazing bands have off-days.
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Re: The official Opeth thread v. Sorceress
« Reply #1277 on: November 08, 2018, 01:02:41 PM »
Demon of the Fall from the DVD

Looks like they had another technical mishap with the guitar like the one in The Lotus Eater on RAH :P Mikael's growls have audibly improved since The Drapery Falls from Plovdiv - good thing he stopped smoking. They'll probably never be as good as pre-2008, but the worst phase seems to be over.

Did he quit recently then? I thought he was only smoking pre-Blackwater Park..?

His growls sound fine, but I do miss the times where his growls sounded like he meant it. It used to sound so demonic.
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