I never was a fan of OPETH. The first albums of the band never gave me anything, maybe I just was not ready for the music yet. The following albums…I did not even give them a try, especially after the band mutated to complete press darlings. Surely a mistake, as I have to admit after the delectation of "Ghost Reveries".
Out of pure boredom I listened to the CD in a record shop and bought right after. The mix of rough Death Metal and Prog Rock with at times very quite, melancholic parts really has got something. You really have to listen intensively to really understand what is going on, but they never wildly fiddle through and even less so after the motto “the weirder, the better”. No, the band puts a big emphasis on the song itself, but the ideas that the guys bring in here are absolute madness.
You can’t even begin to describe this, you have to let yourself fall into the CD, completely give in to the sound and let it suck you in, to understand what we have in front of us. The interplay between growls and clear vocals is extremely intense, just like the playful interaction of heavy guitar attacks and intricate, quiet arrangements. And when everything is combined into a great whole, you can only talk about genius. They even add some oriental themes and generally incredible moods. What else could I say than a very big album by an unbelievable band!!! (Online November 15, 2005)