I know right! I'm on my third listen today (bandcamp sent me the FLAC, I'll be waiting for a month for my actual CD in Canada) but it's just damned good and really multi layered. I can promise this will be making my end of year list but I guess it helps I'm a huuuuuge Wrest fan. It's a dream of mine to get a tattoo from Jef one day!
I'm definitely going to put leviathan on my short list. I'm also cautiously optimistic about In Times even though I was less crazy about In Ritiir.
On the earlier Opeth posts, they are a band that certainly bring out passionate opinions. Myself, I can think of a handful of bands that were defining game changers in my heavy listening over the past decade. These are just bands that made me rethink music or took me in different directions in terms of my personal listening. I'm not saying they are definitive by any stretch beyond my own tastes.
Quickly I'd probably list Kyuss, Electric Wizard, Isis/Neurois (they're the same band, right), Dark Tranquility, Behemoth, anything Martin Van Drunnen's been associated with, Immortal, Gorgoroth, Marduk, Cult of Luna, Converge. Just some touchstones in my own evolving tastes in metal. Just random thoughts.
And, yes, Opeth-they are up there. For me it was Ghost Reveries and Blackwater Park. Really important albums in my own evolving tastes. I think not unlike Nirvana in a completely different way that the heavy/light sounds from those albums were an important quotient that's lacking in their pure prog-it's the dramatic swing from tasteful to sledgehammer that I craved. The extremity were like exclamation points or profanity on an otherwise articulate, thoughtful sentence.
But, I do think Pale Communion-while not metal-is an excellent album. If I like Yes's Fragile or Rush's Moving Pictures or King Crimson or Porcupine Tree's In Abstentia or Steven Wilson's Why The Raven.....why wouldn't I like Pale Communion? It might even b as good as BWP and GR which are two of my favorite albums. But it still lacks that certain edge many of us liked. I haven't listened to their earlier stuff and I should.
One thing I find interesting on Headfi which perhaps speaks to audiophile listeners is how many people I've seen post Opeth on "what are you listening to now" like threads-who I don't associate with metal. So, it seems they are somewhat of a crossover band in that regard which except for Sunbather is pretty unusual in extreme metal.
Look, if some audiophile listener out there who has a steady diet of Miles Davis and Steely Dan and doesn't listen to ANY extreme metal and then goes out and listens to BWP, I give you some props!
Edited by markm1 - Yesterday at 10:17 am