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Opeth – Lamentations

Label: Koch Records
Format: CD
Released: 2004
Reviewed By: Rich Catino

Representing one of the most dynamic bands in the Death Metal genre, Opeth present their stage show filmed at Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London. These Swedes are like a modern day Trouble or Candlemass, creating compositions that are moody and poetic within a progressive structure.

To start off the concert they opt for doing a laid back, acoustic based set featuring material from the latest cd “Damnation”. The members performance and abilities are seen in a different light in this setting, and would change most opinion who know them for and do not prefer their more extreme nature. Singer/guitarist Mikael Akerfeldt has a ton of ability, singing as well as playing intricate material gracefully, heck, the rest of the members also have a presence of grace and at one with the songs.

Even those who do not prefer death metal this portion of the show can be enjoyed by all. Just take the time to sit back and enjoy the aural soundscape.

The second set contains more extreme representations with even the vocals doing a turncoat to dark death growls. Athough at this point sonically there is a change, the ability to balance between heavy and light sounds are not lost and find their place. Also include is behind the scenes footage to the making of the “Deliverance” and “Damnation” albums.
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