The Candlelight Years Box set
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This deal can't get much better, having searched through a few record shops across the United States east coast, I've found each of these albums to cost around 14-18$. Even used you will spend possibly upwards of 8-10$. This is a great introduction to the bands unique blending off all things metal and more. Bonus tracks were included for each album, though I will admit "Orchid" has a really rough bonus track (it's the thought that counts). "My Arms Your Hearse" also features a modernized cover of an Iron Maiden tune.
Essentially these three albums are during the heavily dual guitar orientated era for the group. The songs are strongly layered, vocals can range from a gruesome death metal style to high performance clean vocals. Guitar can go from murky atmospheric distortion to moody acoustics. The guitar solos were far ahead of its time. Drum work is expressive and dynamic, talent is not scarce to say the least for this trilogy. The bass can be very apparent in the mix for some songs, later to be distant but still glowing. Production value is suprisingly good, not nearly as cold and jaded as many other metal groups first few attempts.
If you don't mind the three discs being pitch black with the exception of the bands 'Opeth' font, and the change in cover art (which you really shouldn't, well not for this price), then this is a worthy contender for cheap. You get quality leangthy songs, a variety of metallic mixes (traces of thrash, death, folk, and atmospheric black metal), and some bonus tracks on this killer collection.
I purchased this at $13.99... but it is well worth at least $30, as it is hard to find any of the three included cds ("Orchid," "Morningrise," and "My Arms, Your Hearse") for under $10/each used.
Anyway, I was introduced to Opeth by a friend a few years back and have been hooked ever since. While IMO their earlier stuff is not as good as some of their later albums... they are still amazing. The instrumental work... with the melodic death metal vocals is very appeasing to the ears.
If you are a fan of metal music... or even some harder rock, do yourself a favor and pick up this great deal; you will not be disappointed.
Then go pick up the rest of their albums!
Opeth's sound has evolved over the years; the third disc, "My Arms, Your Hearse," sounds most like Opeth's later works. The sound and songwriting are more mature. While all three albums feature Opeth's signature "fire and ice" mixture of death metal then acoustic guitars, growling then soft vocals, "My Arms" pulls off this trick the best.
The first disc, "Orchid," features a curiosity: a piano solo that's a little reminiscent of silent-movie music.
The "bonus tracks" on "Orchid" and "Morningrise" sound like demos or rehearsal tapes. Those on "My Arms" are much better.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
First off, I love Opeth, so the music itself gets a 5/5. It is a steal if you want to add to your library
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It's great can buy This 3 álbums in one Bunddle. Very good sound, good art.... The booklet includes lírycs...Published 7 months ago by EDGAR
This collection of the first three Opeth albums is a great introduction to their early work leading up to Blackwater Park. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Randall J. Omdahl
Exceptional value for all of Opeth's early work, including bonus tracks from all three original albums.Published 13 months ago by JGN
This 3 pack of the 1st 3 albums in 1 is a great way to get them, they come out of the gates swinging. Great masterpieces during the early years!Published 14 months ago by Chris Rinewalt