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Martin Lopez's replacement, Martin (wow... ANOTHER Martin? That makes 3 now) "Axe" Axenrot is a very good replacemet drummer and doesn't miss a beat, although I'll miss Lopez. Martin Mendez and Peter Lindgren do a great job at laying down rythm guitar and bass (I'm gonna miss Peter too...), and Mikael does an excellent job at playing lead guitar, vocals, and interacting with the audience to lighten the mood. I was afraid that keyboardist Per Wiberg, who first appeared on Ghost Reveries, wouldn't work well with the early songs... yeah, I was wrong. Per makes the keyboard sound right at home with early classics like When and The Night And the Silent Water.
Besides the awesome setlist, and Opeth's ability to play all of the songs flawlessly, Mikael manages to have some fun and lighten the mood, like when he's introducing all of the band members. It makes the band more human. I mean, how many times have you watched a metal band perform live and they try to look like the most serious, angriest mofos on the planet instead of having a little fun?Read more ›
Since I recommend this cd, let me first focus on the positives:
- Under the Weeping Moon and Night and the Silent Water sound excellent with new production, and they're worth the purchase alone.
- The energy is awesome - you can feel that this was a great and intense performance. Mikael sounds great!
- The song choice was very nice as well - little bit of everything for everyone. There are always people who would prefer one song over another, but I am quite happy with the choices here.
- This point would only concern the rabid collectors, but the artwork is great. There are some nice "artsy" photos of the band.
- Mikael's banter sounds juvenile. It's weird, I get the sense that he is a really nice guy who tries so hard to sound like an 80s hair-metal frontman when he is talking to the audience. I could really do without the stuff about "Windowpane helping them get chicks backstage" and all the "evil" references, as well as the discussion about different types of intercourse. Yes, I know that he is a married guy with children, and I know that he is joking, but I just think that this band should move past that.
- As another reviewer noticed, more improvisation would have been good. Also, there is a tad bit too much crowd noise on Melinda.
Overall though, I recommend this cd to any Opeth fan. If you are new to the band, you may want to read some Blackwater Park, Morningrise or Damnation reviews and choose where to start. Also, currently, the band has full-blown versions of some of these songs on their myspace page, so you may want to listen to them there. (11/28/2007)
I am not sure how "live" these Roundhouse Tapes are (they've definitely spent some time remastering in the studio), but I do dig the album (and DVD). I particularly like the live versions of Ghost, Bleak, Weeping Moon, Melinda, Night & Silent Water, Demon of the Fall. Play these tracks over and over.
Only drawback - Mikael, like usual, comes off as a little too smug & arrogant when he does any sort of talking between the songs. He tries to be funny and self-deprecating, but he succeeds at sounding the exact opposite....he needs to knock off the public speaking. Mikael, we get it, you are a bad-ass, but follow David Gilmour's lead and say as little as possible when cutting a live album. Just play, man, just play.
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I own the dvd. But wanna album. So I downloaded it. An I really like it. I allways like there live albums. An it's good to me. I'm fan of Opeth an they did good on old stuff.Published 2 months ago by joshua
This is an awesome live album by Opeth. The songs on it were a great choice. Definitely give this album a listen. You won't be disappointed.Published 5 months ago by Spikedskull
Just outstanding! If you love Opeth or just great prog/melodic metal, this live recording kicks @$$!Published 15 months ago by Anthony J. Carnesecchi
Got to love Mikael Åkerfeldt humor on stage. Plus they definitely chose great songs from the early opeth that you see how many little things they touched up for the live... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Dustin Gorton
The two very finest metal DVDs of all time are Iron Maiden's Rock In Rio and Opeth's Roundhouse Tapes. It does not get any better than this for heavy music. Buy this, folks. Read morePublished on March 11, 2014 by ACDIZZY
I heard them on Pardora Radio and they are different but one must always be willing to try so after hearing a few other songs by them I decide to get this album and I am enjoying... Read morePublished on June 3, 2013 by Tony D. Piroli
This is a dual disc and has a seperate DVD recording of the whole concert. Probably the best live performance that any band could do. Read morePublished on November 19, 2012 by Art
This is one of the few times where a Live Album makes me appreciate a band so much more. With a lot of bands after seeing them live, you realize that they must have a fantastic... Read morePublished on March 1, 2012 by Ryan J. Hallermeier