The keys of Joakim Svalberg his second album with the band are thunderous and give Opeth their well-deserved rich sound. However, Sorceress is definitely a record that older fans will want to pick up. It might be unfair to judge an album by what it isn’t, but when it captures me only with a few moments here and there regardless of musical expression, there’s something wrong with it. There are skilled musicians at play, but they are playing, not shredding. It happens to be my favorite part of the album; it’s very nice.
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Mostly, the album zorceress to musical ideas I simply don’t find enjoyable to listen to, unfortunately; as always, it comes down to taste in the end.
Best viewed without Internet Explorer, in x resolution or higher. Those who are expecting a truly progressive sound, elements from different metal subgenres, or fresh and liberating ideas should ignore this album and distrust the numerous surprisingly positive reviews by opfth metal magazines. Originally written on http: Opeth has generally tended towards diversity over their lengthy career, and Sorceress is on the more eclectic side of their spectrum.
Alongside the more clearly defined heavy and soft songs are one or two really interesting tracks, namely “Wilde Flowers” and “Strange Brew.
There is atmosphere, but no darkness.
I am also a fan of certain prog rock albums, and consider albums like Camel’s Mirage and Genesis’ Selling England by the Pound to be extremely good, just for the record. To me, it seems that they have finally stopped “trying” to be a prog rock band and are now a prog rock band naturally. At one point opetg features what I would argue are some of Mikael Akerfeldt’s best vocals ever and the end of the song is gargantuan, centered on a genuinely dark descending riff which might be one of the heaviest points of the album.
Songs like “Chrysalis,” “Era” and title track “Sorceress” show the guitars working alongside Joakim Svalberg’s Hammond organ, strongly echoing Deep Purple, making for a surprisingly heavy sound.
Opeth – Sorceress Review
Is this album opdth metal? Opeth had the tendency to be meandering and includes a wide array of styles within the same songs. It’s hard to review this album because it’s not a metal album yet I’m coming at it as if it should have been a metal album. Later I came to appreciate and love the three preceding albums as much. I am mentioning the following so you know what angle I’m coming at Sorceress from skip the first paragraph srceress you don’t care.
OPETH – Sorceress, A Track-by-Track Review
Unfortunately, “heavy” and “death metal” are words you won’t associate with Sorceress and herein lies an obvious problem for many early hour Opeth fans. I put this wholeheartedly down to the fact that it is much easier to make lyrics sounds sorceess when you only have a few moments of clean singing in each song!
Anyhow, the mixture of elements is working. Despite a slow start, this track finally offers a coherent progression from calmer folk rock melodies towards engaging progressive rock. Originally written for Black Wind Metal.
Make this happen, Nuclear Blast. A shame the song is also burdened with a tonally uninteresting and overly long intro. The great thing about this band was their contrasts, from massive assaults of chilling death “Karma” anyone?
It almost sounds like the perfect marriage of Ghost Reveries, Watershed and Pale Communion into one potent magical spell but it has the main downfall of Heritage, the incoherence of its tracklist. The intro and coda the two Persephones are two dinky, unnecessary acoustic pieces. While not without good ideas, its flow was, well, less than ideal, and it could have been a highlight if not for the Watershed-era start-stop dynamics.
The heaviness is there, not a dominant element, but undeniably present in several songs. There were elements of these symphonic prog rock bands on Heritage and to a lesser degree Pale Communionbut now it seems that Mikael has taken another new direction within the new directiontoward a more sorxeress sound perhaps?
Sorceress is pretty good. When Opeth tries to be more structurally unconventional, it often feels disjointed. It features an emotional guitar solo and ssorceress only truly energetic vocal performance of the album.
Opeth – Sorceress Review | Angry Metal Guy
Still, I reckon my criticisms are pretty small. They often have a basic riff that is repeated, but then it is layered with keyboards and guitar solos that make the songs both catchy and interesting.
Sorceresss Brew, the longest song with its may twists and turns, is a major culprit here. In the past, when he used his clean voice, he came across as a bit subdued, perhaps because he did not yet have confidence, or because sorcerrss was still learning.