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Still Life [Special Edition]

OpethAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 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 (April 15, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Special Edition
  • Label: Peaceville UK
  • ASIN: B0013N4AT0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,335 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Moor
2. Godhead's Lament
3. Benighted
4. Moonlapse Vertigo
5. Face of Melinda
6. Serenity Painted Death
7. White Cluster

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2008 CD/DVD special digipack book edition including 5.1 surround mix of this classic 1999 Opeth album. The critically acclaimed Still Life features 'Face Of Melinda' filmed live in London. The artwork has been re-worked by original designer Travis Smith. Still Life was Opeth's first outing for Peaceville. Blessed with renewed enthusiasm, the band delivered yet another flawless gem of an album. Like My Arms, Your Hearse before it, Still Life was recorded at Gothenburg's famous Studio Fredman under the watchful eye of engineer Fredrik Norddtrom.

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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I shudder in awe. December 16, 2001
Format:Audio CD
The fact that I usually hate death metal vocals but love Opeth is a testament to their brilliance, I think. I am so impressed by this band's unparalleled sophistication, their originality, and the sheer beauty of their music. Most people wouldn't call them progressive metal, reserving such a distinction for a band like Dream Theater or Symphony X. However, Opeth is progressive in every meaning of the word. They are earnestly pushing the boundaries of style with each of their releases. They are entirely unique, blending myriad styles into their complex web of incandescent, ingenious compositions. There's many so-called progressive metal artists (who shall not be named) who seem to say, "Let's throw in random changes and styles to be esoteric and weird." Opeth's approach, however, seems more discriminating, meshing everything together so naturally and seamlessly without any adverse effect to the music's evocative flow.
More than any previous Opeth record, Still Life attains a greater balance between the vocalist Mikael Akerfeldt's aggressive, bowel-wrenching growls and his chilling clean vocals. There is also a wealth of vocal harmonies during these clean sections, supplementing the melody and the vibe. The songs "Benighted" and "Face of Melinda" are delivered entirely with the clean vocals, and they are paralyzing in their beauty. The growling vocals seem more vicious, powerful, and even emotional. Akerfeldt also enunciates extremely well when growling.
Just as the variance exists in the vocals, this is one of Opeth's most musically diverse records. The reams of acoustic sections seem more informed by a folk influence than before. The heavier riffing is less brutal than on My Arms, Your Hearse, and tends to be more melodic. I think I heard a bit of a Rush (!
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm going to play this album for my kids April 15, 2003
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"Still Life" is yet another example of what makes Opeth such a unique and compelling band. No metal band composes epic songs quite like they do, and their talent and emotion is nearly unparalelled. As the reviews on this site attest, if you like melodic metal, death metal, or even prog rock, you can get into Opeth. The reason is simple: Opeth combine elements of all three genres. Raging metal shares space with mellow folk- and jazz-influenced passages, allowing Opeth to explore a broader range of musical and emotional territory than most bands would even dream of. This band isn't content to abide by the "rules" of one genre; they instead stake out their own ground by taking the best of several styles.
Mikael Akerfeldt, the band's frontman, is doubtless one of the most singular vocalists you could ever hope to hear. He can spew forth earth-shattering death vocals one minute, and then turn around and soothe your frayed nerves with some smooth singing. The music, meanwhile, is as complex and virtuosic as always. Insinuating guitar harmonies, screaming solos, thumping bass, and Martin Lopez's technical drum work add up to one of the most impressive sonic onslaughts I've had the pleasure of hearing.
All you have to do is listen to the eleven-minute opener, "The Moor," and you know you're in for a treat. The intro may be soft and acoustic, but it's deceptive, as if the band were trying to lull the listener into a false sense of security. "The Moor" turns out to be one of Opeth's heaviest songs, but it combines its gut-wrenching heaviness with stunning virtuosity and melody. While "melodic death metal" is a term that's come into vogue in recent years, much of what falls into that category is really just melodic metal with harsh vocals (In Flames and Soilwork are good examples).
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I am completely convinced!! January 24, 2006
By D. West
Format:Audio CD
First off, I am NOT a metal expert in any sense of the word. As a matter of fact when I first heard "death" metal growls I laughed. I thought they were just so lame and corny. I bought "Damnation" by Opeth in 2003 and realized (IMO) that this music is a Godly masterpiece. Simply,cold beauty. I digress, Damnation has no growls and it was right up my alley. "Still Life" does have scorching death vox,as if Akerfeldt summoned them from the very pits of hell. Also Michael sings in a "clean" voice that is (IMO)the best voice in any genre of music. I would say 60% death vox and 40% clean, something like that. The concept attracted me, for it's about a man who is kicked out of his community by the town "council" for rebelling against the Christian theocracy held so dear in the town. In the process he loses his true love Melinda. The music and lyrics on "Still "Life are about his return and attempt to retrieve Melinda. The music could not be better in conveying this concept. As far as the growls I looked at the vocals as another instrument(for that's what the voice is)in conveying the tone and composition, that has helped me to not only like the death vox, but appreciate them as well!!! This will take a few listens to be fully revealed, be patient. Opeth is not just a "metal" band. They are all extremely gifted musicians in the truest sense of the word. You would be doing yourself a disservice for not listening to this band because of the death vox. Have an open mind and you will be rewarded. The song Benighted is quite possibly the most beautiful song I have ever heard. The way the clean vocals come in to the music is stunning. Opeth and Pain of Salvation are two metal bands that are completely unique and wonderful. They have certainly set the bar high, for all metal bands to come. All hail the mighty Opeth, Still Life is an absolute masterpiece. Peace.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Good rhythim metal
Published 26 days ago by Jorge Berru
5.0 out of 5 stars so sad that ppl don't know who Opeth is I rate ...
so sad that ppl don't know who Opeth is I rate them rite up there with Rachmaninoff, List and Chopin
Published 1 month ago by Alton John Willis
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay.
Out of all the Opeth albums I own (all but the first two), this is my least favorite. It's a little more straight metal than their later albums and not as instrumentally... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mark Twain
5.0 out of 5 stars very ambitious
This is one of their discs that I rank in the top three along with Black Water Park and Ghost Reveries. Their is so much stuff packed into this CD. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Venger
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible quality
Most Opeth albums on amazon are at 256kbps, which is bad enough. They should be at least 320kbps if they're not going to have a lossless option. Read more
Published 5 months ago by b
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY IT
The album's mix of yelled vocals and clean vocals are the best I've ever heard. Better than Waking The Fallen by A7X, and it's about at the caliber of Systematic Chaos by Dream... Read more
Published 6 months ago by TheImperialMoore
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Album
It seems like no one ever talks about this album anymore because of being overshadowed by Blackwater Park. Read more
Published 6 months ago by ShimShim
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Example of Opeth's Ealier Work
Even though this is one of their earlier works, it is one of the last albums that I have sampled from this artist, and I keep hearing rhythms, guitar licks, and phrasing that is... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jon G.
4.0 out of 5 stars consistent band shines again
what a great band! so much talent and painstaking work goes into each song,
each album. the listener never doubts the band
made sure every turn/ movement in the songs is... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Melyssa
1.0 out of 5 stars Hideous
How can anyone listen to this? The vocals sound like Cookie Monster's initiation into a Satanic cult. Why listen to a hellish nightmare? What could motivate anyone to do so?
Published 15 months ago by Douglas Groothuis
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