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My Arms, Your Hearse (Century Media)

By: Jeb Branin

OPETH are an enigma. They manage to sculpt an oppressively dark and sinister sounding black metal album with relying (too heavily) on the cliches of the genre. They weave progressive and classical interludes into a fabric of harsh metal. The symbiotic relationship between their moments of peaceful contemplation and explosive noise is quite unique, even in a scene swamped by bands attempting to do the same thing. Each song sort of flows into the next giving the whole album a unified feel. Probably the most endearing aspect of OPETH is that they are complex and multi- faceted but remain true to the crushing metal sounds I love.
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