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My Arms, Your Hearse [Extra tracks]

OpethAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (October 14, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Candlelight
  • ASIN: B0000E1WMJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,536 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "the day wept on my shoulders." January 13, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is my favorite Opeth masterpiece. Initially, when Opeth was still new to me, it was my least favorite. It has the dreariest, grittiest production, few acoustic guitar parts (and they are mostly short), and seems even more sonically oppressive and bleak than anything else they've done. But this album is AMAZING. It is a concept album about a ghost who seems not to realize that he's dead and he observes his lost love after his passing. "Karma" seems to be where he becomes aware of his demise and it's crushing (the scream!!! it's all about that scream). _My Arms, Your Hearse_ is heavier than _Orchid_ and _Morningrise_ but no less melodic and captivating in its evocative, spellbinding musical progression. From the haunting sounds of rain and ethereal piano notes of "Prologue", to the tidal wave of melodic riffs in "April Ethereal", to the longing, forlorn acoustic ending of "When", to the hellfire assault of "Demon of the Fall", to the smothering finality of "Karma", to the soul-melting, aching melodies of "Epilogue", MAYH is a masterpiece with few peers. No fan of progressive metal should be without this, and anyone who didn't really "get it" is strongly encouraged to give it another chance.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brutal, haunting, and unforgettable. December 21, 2001
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Opeth stands at the vanguard of progressive metal. The band's first two releases, Orchid and Morningrise, were brilliant and challenging progressive albums. The band was defined by its dynamics, which pitted vicious metal & death growls against soft acoustic music. My Arms, Your Hearse, Opeth's third release, is a bit different. It is the band's most musically aggressive album, no doubt. The recording quality is very dense, almost like a din of chaotic fury. Against Opeth's complex songwriting, beautiful sensibilities, and progressive nature, most bands' music sound like the banal, empty persiflage of mere imitators.
My Arms, Your Hearse is a concept album, told through Akerfeldt stunning lyrics, which are full of brilliant imagery and involved poetry. The story is quite enigmatic and probably open to a number of interpretations. It seems to tell the story of a plaintive ghost who watches his beloved deal with the pain of his death. The liner notes pack all the lyrics into a huge block of text, so it's difficult to read. However, it is interesting the way Opeth has put it together. Each song ends with the name of the next song worked into the lyric. For instance, "The Amen Corner" finishes with the line, "The final spark that blew life into me, the demon of the fall." The next track is called "Demon of the Fall." This is an innovative way of forming lyrical "flow." Also, the lyrics for "Epilogue" end with the line, "Telling...of the beauty of its prologue." This means that everything begins all over again. This coheres with the "seasons" theme running through the album. "Prologue" presents the coming of spring. "The Amen Corner" opens with the line "white summer.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite simply Opeth's best album March 3, 2006
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Opeth may be the most difficult band to 'get into' for someone new to their catalogue. Unlike most metal bands that manage to release two, maybe three albums that are considered solid, Opeth has released 8 albums, each of which has stood the test of time in a genre whose audience's tastes seem to be in constant, dramatic flux. Discounting Orchid and Morningrise, both respectable early works that are mandatory if one is to comprehend Opeth's musical evolution, that leaves six albums to digest. Add to this the fact that Opeth writes epics that demand repeated listenings, and it becomes clear why listening to Opeth is indeed a formidable investment.

As many reviewers have said, My Arms, Your Hearse is a great album for someone new to Opeth. I would argue that Blackwater Park and Still Life are equally worthy of such accolades, but it is my belief that to get someone hooked on a band, you must play them the band's finest work, which for Opeth is My Arms, Your Hearse. One could easily write ten pages about Opeth. Their music reaches a compositional depth and complexity that no metal band I can think of has managed. Certainly Opeth takes inspiration from a handful of predecesors, but from the diverse assortment of bands and performers that is their influence Opeth has truly created a genre within which only they perform.

My Arms, Your Hearse is not Opeth's most polished album, nor, I would argue, is it their most thematically complete (see, Blackwater Park). What makes MAYH Opeth's finest work is a combination of several factors.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flawless - a great band's greatest album April 19, 2004
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Very seldom does a metal band come along that can truly mesh mind-blowing beauty with visceral power. Opeth has long been known for their ability to walk this line with probably more grace than any other band ever, and on My Arms Your Hearse their craft is at its peak.
Their grooving rhythm style is in force here, but retains some of the more aggressive rhythms of their two earlier efforts, a balance best seen on the chorus of Demon of the Fall. The result is a very hard-driving section that arouses harder headbanging than most future Opeth works. They would also never quite be as beautiful during their heavy groove sections. April Ethereal is quite possibly my favorite song of all time now due to the balance struck between that pounding brutality and awe-inspiring, majestic beauty. Later Opeth efforts tend to polarize the songs, with a monster-headbanging-heavy part followed by a stunning acoustic part. While these are also great albums, there's something special in MAYH's balance - it seems more sublime than Deliverance or even Blackwater Park.
This is the first effort by the current Opeth lineup. Bassist Johan DeFarfalla and drummer Anders Nordin had recently moved on and been replaced by the Martins - Mendez (bass) and Lopez (drums), both of whom bring entirely new feels to the rhythm section. Mikael Akerfeldt's clean voice has not matured to the fullest but is still incredibly beautiful, and his growls are as forceful as ever. Guitarists Peter Lindgren and Akerfeldt together master incredibly complex and dense harmony passages that are far more technically difficult than they sound. While their style may put off fans of pure technical flash, more thoughtful listeners will appreciate their depth and power, and may ultimately be touched in a way that few (if any) other bands can top.
There's something here for any fan of rock music. Absolutely perfect. Recommended tracks: April Ethereal (best song ever), Demon of the Fall, Credence.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Time to loose the childish animal scream
Totally great songs just ruined with a pathetic joke of a scream. And I know the vocals are there but the quality of music with the Lame ass scream moan is just stupid.
Published 1 month ago by D
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This album flows better than Orchid in my opinion. You start from the beginning and just keep rocking until the end.
Published 6 months ago by Max
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 LP vinyl re-issue
This re-issue is the best presentation of this album I've yet heard. I highly recommend it, and I have an admittedly budget setup I'm running. Get a copy while you still can!
Published 11 months ago by Josh T. Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Had this cd years ago, had to get it again
Just couldn't forget the catchy elements of this release. I hear a band that was in love with what they were doing at the time.
Published 14 months ago by Vox Pain
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece
Every moment, every song, every lyric is completely necessary and perfectly woven together. This album is more structurally sound than even the brilliant "Still Life" because the... Read more
Published on June 1, 2012 by Alan
4.0 out of 5 stars A New Flavor of Progressive Metal.
Opeth has some of the best musicianship in heavy rock today. Okay, so you say, "It's not heavy rock. It's black metal. Read more
Published on February 29, 2012 by Craig Hamilton
5.0 out of 5 stars An Epic Journey Through the Mind and Spirit!!
Progressive death metal band Opeth weaves a mystical tapestry of earth-shattering brutality and spellbinding beauty that is unparalleled in today's metal scene, with their third... Read more
Published on July 11, 2011 by Codera
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, Heavy, And Inspirational.
Opeth-The best Death Metal Band of the Century.

Out of all Death Metal Bands the Music Industry has had to offer, most Death Metal has been boring and generic. Read more
Published on August 10, 2010 by J. Perrotta
5.0 out of 5 stars My personal favorite from Opeth.
They have several amazing albums like Still Life, Morningrise and Blackwater Park but My Arms Your Hearse is my favorite. It's heavier and more organized than their first 2. Read more
Published on July 31, 2010
5.0 out of 5 stars Opeth's unrivaled dark masterpiece
Quite simply a masterpiece of dark, dreary and atmospheric metal. This was the first Opeth album I ever got and it is still my favorite. Read more
Published on February 28, 2009 by Mclusky
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