History Music / Opeth

19th Nov '17 2:37:04 PM BronyoftheOctaves
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: ''Orchid'' and ''Morningrise'' are pretty much the odd balls of the band's catalog: They have a surprising amount of BlackMetal riffs and have much longer compositions than anything before it (with songs such as "In Mist She Was Standing" off ''Orchid'' clocking at fourteen minutes and "Black Rose Immortal" off of ''Morningrise'' infamously clocking at ''''twenty minutes''''). ''My Arms, Your Hearse'' was when the band's more progressive death metal style kicked in due to Mikael becoming annoyed at the FollowTheLeader bands ripping off riffs off of the first two albums.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: ''Orchid'' and ''Morningrise'' are pretty much the odd balls of the band's catalog: They have a surprising amount of BlackMetal riffs and have much longer compositions than anything before it (with songs such as "In Mist She Was Standing" off ''Orchid'' clocking at fourteen minutes and "Black Rose Immortal" off of ''Morningrise'' infamously clocking at ''''twenty minutes'''').'''''twenty minutes'''''). ''My Arms, Your Hearse'' was when the band's more progressive death metal style kicked in due to Mikael becoming annoyed at the FollowTheLeader bands ripping off riffs off of the first two albums.


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* IAmTheBand: Zig-zagged with Mikael. While Mikael stresses the fact each band member is important to the band, everyone (even his bandmates) agrees that he ''is'' Opeth, as he's the main songwriter.
19th Nov '17 2:34:39 PM BronyoftheOctaves
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: ''Orchid'' and ''Morningrise'' are pretty much the odd balls of the band's catalog: They have a surprising amount of BlackMetal riffs and have much longer compositions than anything before it (with songs such as "In Mist She Was Standing" off ''Orchid'' clocking at fourteen minutes and "Black Rose Immortal" off of ''Morningrise'' infamously clocking at ''''twenty minutes''''). ''My Arms, Your Hearse'' was when the band's more progressive death metal style kicked in due to Mikael becoming annoyed at the FollowTheLeader bands ripping off riffs off of the first two albums.


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* RunningGag: Mikael's endless snark at everyone concert will be this.
** Asking the band to perform "Black Rose Immortal" is this a lot.
12th Aug '17 4:48:09 PM nombretomado
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* XMeetsY: Music/DreamTheater meets Music/{{Deicide}} (minus overtly satanic lyrics).
20th Feb '17 7:09:19 PM bt8257
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Opeth is not a band for everyone, however. Their songs are extremely long (the average clocking in between eight and ten minutes) and musically complex. This makes their music very difficult to listen to without some dedication. A large majority of their songs demand repeated listening for full appreciation. This can make listening tedious to those who find the music alienating either for its lack of simple accessibility or death metal sensibilities. One critic put it this way: "It is very hard to be a casual Opeth fan, due to the length and complexity of their songs."

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Opeth is not isn't a band for everyone, however. Their songs are extremely long (the average clocking in between eight and ten minutes) and musically complex. This makes their music very difficult to listen to without some dedication. A large majority of their songs demand repeated listening for full appreciation. This can make listening tedious to those who find the music alienating either for its lack of simple accessibility or death metal sensibilities. One critic put it this way: "It is very hard to be a casual Opeth fan, due to the length and complexity of their songs."
17th Feb '17 4:48:37 PM MasterInferno
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** "The Wilde Flowers" is named after a semi-obscure English group which gave rise to the "Canterbury Scene" movement in early prog.
4th Dec '16 7:19:30 PM MasterInferno
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** "The Seventh Sojourn" is named after an album by Music/TheMoodyBlues.
** "Strange Brew" is named after a song by Music/{{Cream}}, though the title is all the two songs have in common.
1st Oct '16 2:56:40 AM TMK87
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** Another fun number fact: as of 2016, the band has released twelve studio albums (Sorceress included). They come with 94 tracks total, 25 of which are over 10 minutes long. And then there's the bonus tracks, live albums, compilations...
30th Sep '16 3:27:37 PM MasterInferno
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* ''Sorceress'' (2016, forthcoming)

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* ''Sorceress'' (2016, forthcoming)(2016)
28th Sep '16 10:44:29 PM KyleJacobs
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* NewSoundAlbum: Twice.
** ''Damnation'' is an album consisting of, essentially, nothing but the quiet bits that had usually been sandwiched inside death metal songs before. This was followed by two more albums of their regular progressive death metal mix.
** ''Heritage'' features a new sound entirely, abandoning the death metal influences for heavy progressive rock. This change has stuck, with their albums since refining the same style.
27th Jul '16 8:17:51 PM gewunomox
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[[caption-width-right:300:The dudes themselves. Opeth logo visible in the background.]]

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[[caption-width-right:300:The [[caption-width-right:300: The dudes themselves. Opeth logo visible in the background.]]






Not to be confused with {{Otep}}, as they often are.

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Not to be confused with {{Otep}}, Music/{{Otep}}, as they often are.
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!!Discography:

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* ''My Arms Your Hearse'' (1998)

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* ''My Arms Arms, Your Hearse'' (1998)






!!Current Band members:
* Mikael Akerfeldt: vocals, guitar, bass on ''My Arms Your Hearse'' (1990-)

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* Mikael Akerfeldt: vocals, guitar, bass on ''My Arms Arms, Your Hearse'' (1990-)



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!!Opeth shows example of:

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*** And subverted as well, as the heaviest song on "Ghost Reveries", "The Grand Conjuration", is stuck between the two lightest and shortest songs on the album, "Hours of Wealth" and "Isolation Years"

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*** And subverted as well, as the heaviest song on "Ghost Reveries", "The Grand Conjuration", is stuck between the two lightest and shortest songs on the album, "Hours of Wealth" and "Isolation Years"Years".



* CarefulWithThatAxe: Plently examples.

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* CarefulWithThatAxe: Plently examples.Plenty of examples:
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