Sound — 10
Sound on this album is amazing, and may not be as perfect as Blackwater Park, especially with a different producer, though it is one of the things that makes this album my favorite at the moment. The whole album retains a very dark, and supernatural mood throughout every song, with every instrument, while still displaying all of the agressiveness, and clean acoustic bits that Opeth is so well known for. The sound is undescribable, it has to be heard to be understood.
Lyrics — 10
Mikael Akerfeldt is by far one of my favorite metal lyricists. He doesn't write cheesy lyrics, and they all mean something, and you really have to think about what he is saying. This is a concept album, and the lyrics are put together like a very descriptive story, with amazing emotion.
Overall Impression — 10
If you love Opeth's heavier, and darker side, this is the album for you. There is only one clean song on this album, and it is a very haunting song anyway. All of the songs display their amazing musicianship, and I would never be able to choose one song that is the best from this album. I put the cd in and let it play all the way through, that is how consistent their musical arrangements are. You can never go wrong buying an Opeth album, and this is definitely a prime example of that.