OPETH — Morningrise (review)

OPETH — Morningrise album cover Album · 1996 · Death Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
4/5 ·
The Crow
I think that Morningrise clearly surpasses its predecessor!

This was the most acoustic Opeth's album before the Damnation's coming. Some songs from this album are half metal, half not, like the beautiful The Night and The Silent Water. To bid you Farewell is the first attempt of Opeth to make something more relaxed and in a classical style from the 70's, and they made a great song, in that style that they will follow more deeply in the future. It reminds me of Face of Melinda.

Black Rose Immortal deserves a place of honor in the Opeth's career, their longest song, and it has brilliant moments, especially in the center of the track, with a wonderful mix of relaxed and strong parts. But in the opposite side, this song has some moment not very good, with a weak sound. Although that doesn't mean that it isn't a great song.

Conclusion: really, a great work, for me the best of their three first releases. I think it's the best Opeth's album to know the early years of the group. The production could be better, and the songs aren't too different between them, but the romanticism and the gloomy feeling that this album inspires it's wonderful. Like the bass guitar of Nektar, the powerful riffs of Advent.

Best Tracks: The Night and The Silent Water, Black Rose Immortal.

My rating: ****
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The Crow wrote:
more than 2 years ago
Thank you for the appreciation!

Opeth were such a great metal band... It's sad that they are just a good prog-rock band now.

adg211288 wrote:
more than 2 years ago
I've very fond of this one. Out of the first three I'd rank it their best. I do tend to favour later albums like Still Life and Ghost Reveries (which I supposed aren't actually later albums any more and are more mid-career Opeth now) though. I should play this again soon, it's been a while.
Unitron wrote:
more than 2 years ago
Good review, it's great to see this album get some more love! It's easily my favorite Opeth album after Still Life, and I especially love To Bid You Farewell.

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