Sound — 10
One of the most truly ingenious scandanaivian bands of today is unarguablly Opeth. The thrive in their unpredictable, melencholic atmospshere, sometimes thrashing, sometimes crying. The smooth integration of the two extremes highlighted by Opeth (agressive and passive or brutality and beauty) are what really show the skill and effort that went into this insanely technical and emoctional album. Opeth has mannaged rip up its previous albums' flaws and replace them with more brutatlity than showed before on any of those albums.
Lyrics — 10
One of Opeth's greatest signitures in their ability to move from a crushingly brutal passage into a emotionaly heart-wrenching passage. Opeth would not be complete without one or the other. The words themselves imprint themselves within your conciosness for hours after. These haunting lyrics are masterfully wrought into the music accompanying them.
Overall Impression — 10
This is without another name into a growing list of masterpieces by Opeth. Their songs haunt your mind, thrash through your soul, and tear at your heart. Not many other bands can even get close to a release as powerful as any Opeth has done. This record will never completely be deserted by those with any small idea of how rare a album like this is. Do not let this album be! Listen to it over and over again and more of the intricatly played song will display itself. You will never be unamazed.