On this dreary Monday morning I decided to severely dissect an album that I recently purchased, the OPETH masterpiece "Blackwater Park"...
It starts out with a silent maelstrom of synchronised notes brooding somewhere in the background and slowly becoming more and more apparent, suddenly bursting into the very first riff... An awesome start indeed!
The first song has all the essential OPETH ingredients: countless brilliant Metalish riffs paired with wide chords, a floating song structure and a mesmerising array of emotions all crammed into one song. All in all this album is a bit more coherent than "Still Life", more Metal sounding somehow yet not less atmospheric at all... The songs are all little miniatures, little jewels scintillating in the dying gleam of the sun.
Listening to OPETH is like floating on a river of emotions, seeing the scenery drift by in a wide array of autumnal variegations, once enthralled one has no other choice than undergo the soundscape universe that OPETH etches in the ink of inspiration.
The artwork is very eerie and atmospheric as we are used of this band, foggy moors and a dim gleam of the sun trying to transcend the clouds yet she fails... Backed up by a very personal sounding Fredman production this album is not to be missed, it is a 67 minute journey into the slumberland of your mind... (Online November 18, 2002)
Guest Reviewer Bram Van Cauter