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Ghost Reveries [Special Edition, Extra tracks]

OpethAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (248 customer reviews)


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Opeth exist in a genre of one.

The forward-thinking Swedish titans, who seamlessly and fluidly combine metal, rock, prog, folk and free form jazz, continue the time-honored Opeth tradition on Watershed, their second album for Roadrunner Records. With this, their ninth effort, Opeth continue to shake things up, turn the corner and push the limits of their sound. And the results are ... Read more in Amazon's Opeth Store

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  • Audio CD (October 31, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Special Edition, Extra tracks
  • Label: Roadrunner Records
  • ASIN: B000FZESY4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (248 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,027 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ghost Of Perdition
2. The Baying Of The Hounds
3. Beneath The Mire
4. Atonement
5. Reverie/Harlequin Forest
6. Hours Of Wealth
7. The Grand Conjuration
8. Isolation Years
9. Soldier Of Fortune

Editorial Reviews

Opeth and Ghost Reveries have been hailed by Revolver Metal's most brilliant band, Kerrang! The best album that anyone will produce this year, Rolling Stone (Opeth create a shockingly beautiful thunder) and many more. The band has been featured and continue to receive accolades for their album and live show in every key mainstream, hard rock and metal publication, including Alternative Press, Rolling Stone, Revolver, Decibel, Guitar One, Metal Hammer, Kerrang! and many more. Girlie Action hired to work press for special edition and touring throughout the end of the year. Planning to expand our press reach and excite new publications about this exceptional album and the bonus elements. Special 2-disc CD/DVD set in a digipak with previously unreleased music, a making of the album, a 5.1 mix of the entire album and 1 promo video: the previously unreleased director's cut of ''The Grand Conjuration.''

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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars P.D.M. September 28, 2006
Format:Audio CD
The phrase "progressive death metal" has been used before, but it probably fits Opeth better than any other single band. Opeth are much more than a Metal band, They are a five man orchestra. Even when the music gets heavy it still holds a form of ambience untouched by fellow Death Metal bands. So melodic yet so brutal all in one dose. Opeth are truely pioneers among the metal scene friends!

Ghost Reveries begins with a moment of mellow guitar and tranquil peace, But the moment is soon over as the crushing riff of the instant classic 'Ghost Of Perdition' take the stage. This song alone is worth getting the CD, with several tempo changes and at about 2:34 into the song comes my favorite melodic piece of any Opeth song EVER.

Mikael Åkerfeldt is an amazing vocalist. Looking at him you would easily be decieved as he looks like an every day joe. But beneath that moustache and down that throat lie two of the greatest lungs in the history of Metal. The man has a great Death Metal growl, Which is normally audible. And his 'clean' vocals are to die for, He hits some very hard to achieve notes. This is truely one of the great Metal Vocalists that shall always be remembered and always respected.

Another of my favorite tracks is 'Atonement'. A soft gentle track with mezmerizing guitar and a beat that could put a crying baby to sleep. The reason I like it is because it stands out so well against all the powerful chugging riffs. That and Mikael truely shows talent here, some very charming and almost enchanting vocals.

I have to give credit to bassist Martin Mendez.
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116 of 127 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well, I win yet another bet with myself August 30, 2005
Format:Audio CD
A lot of albums came out this year. I maybe anticipated a few them a bit too much, and was disappointed as a result. Hence, I kept the hype for this album to a minimum. I've found this to be a sound approach, since it prevents catastrophic let-downs and allows for pleasant surprises. I'd have to put Ghost Reveries in the "pleasant surprises" category.

I've been a big fan of Opeth since I discovered them, but even with all the appreciation I have for their sensitive and equally brutal variety of melodic death metal, I wasn't sure what to expect in this new album. The lack of Steve Wilson's presence as well as the decision to sign with Roadrunner (a label known for putting out a lot of mediocre nu metal and "hardcore" music) both had me a little worried. I worried in vain - Opeth are obviously in charge here.

The balance between the songs at first brings to mind Blackwater Park, a fantastic album in its own right, but there's more to this album than Blackwater Park Part Two. Steve Wilson may not be in the producer's chair anymore, but his influence is plain to see: interspersed between the blastbeats and melodramatic classical passages are bits of psychadelia-tinged prog rock ala Porcupine Tree.

Another obvious addition to the music here is the full time keyboardist (who I believe toured with them for Deliverence and Damnation as well.) While there aren't many big keyboard features, it has had a drastic effect on their overall sound. Throughout the entire album you can hear keyboards in the mix, blending perfectly with the texture of the guitars.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Ghost Reveries" plus so much more... December 11, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
When I first listened to Opeth's Ghost Reveries, I was blown away by the level of maturity and musicianship the band had reached. I have also been equally impressed with Blackwater Park, Deliverance, Damnation, and every other Opeth album I have ever devoted my time to.

I was slightly hesitant to buy this special edition disc because I thought it may be a ploy by Roadrunner to cash in on their new prospect--especially after reading the negative reviews of the bonus track "Soldier of Fortune."

First of all, I am very impressed with the documentary. Clocking in at more than forty minutes, the documentary provides a peek into Mikael Akerfeldt's thoughts for the future and reminisces of the past. There is very little mention of Martin Axenrot, but more of Martin Lopez's mental issues are exposed in this documentary. Perhaps I was reading into his body language too much, but Martin seemed to achieve the lost look and unfocused swagger that only a truly depressed person can manage during his in-session footage. This documentary picks up very well to where the documentary on "Lamentations" ended.

The 5.1 mix of the CD is also well done. If you have stereo equipment capable of playing this format, this is another great aspect of this special edition CD.

The cover of Deep Purple's "Soldier of Fortune" makes a little more sense (at least to me) after watching the documentary where Mikael proclaims his newly-discovered love for the keyboards and his "clean" voice. I personally like the song even though it does not necessarily fit into the traditional sense of what an Opeth song should sound like. Just listen to it with an open mind...

If you do not own "Ghost Reveries," I would definitely start with this special edition.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally Got This & Still Loving It
I've been wanting to get this album for years now since I heard tracks off this album on either satellite radio or YouTube

Favorite tracks is Ghost of Perdition &... Read more
Published 1 day ago by J. Reid
5.0 out of 5 stars Came a week early
I've seen a few bad reviews on the company who sold me this CD but it came just as advertised and arrived 1 week early. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nicholas
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful quality - great album
Far more focused of an album than Wastershed - and a return to form ala "Blackwater Park" but taken to that next level. This album is perfection. Read more
Published 4 months ago by b
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
This is such a great album that it hasn't left my CD player in months!
I'm not really a death metal fan but Opeth music touches in so many other facets, I can completely look... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jesse M
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
First opeth album i knew about. Also got my first opeth shirt for this album. Definately get this if you like opeth
Published 6 months ago by Jason12321
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Prog Metal
The music is great, the musicians are exceptional, and the mix sounds fantastic. A good buy for anyone looking for well crafted music.
Published 8 months ago by Doug S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection as usual.......
Perfection as usual.......This is the first Opeth album I ever heard and that was all she wrote..Loved it. A very accessible yet complex album
Published 8 months ago by swordsman372
3.0 out of 5 stars A decent album, but not worth the hype
This album has grown on me a little with repeated listens, but I am still disappointed in it overall. As another reviewer stated, this is far from the intensity of Orchid. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Marty Moradian
5.0 out of 5 stars A great step in Opeth's evolution
I had only heard Opeth's earlier works before this so I was surprised when I listened to this album. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Shelley D. Bowen
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceeded my expectations
As many other reviews have stated--even if you're not a fan of the somewhat cliche growling vocals, this band has a breadth and texture that few other bands can demonstrate. Read more
Published 17 months ago by JM552
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