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October 2016
Released: 2016, n/a
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Helias Papadopoulos

Oh my gosh ! It’s hard to believe that we’re actually looking at Opeth‘s 12th full length studio record now in 2016 ! Yes, indeed. Opeth are ready to unleash their new progressive effort at the end of the month under the gorgeous name SORCERESS. This new album continues the new path Opeth has chosen to follow, the absolute and ultimate progressive one away from the blast past. SORCERESS in contrary with the albums of the same category (the ones without growls and heavy tunes, DAMNATION, HERITAGE and PALE COMMUNION) is the only one that is NOT ‘look backwards’. It’s truly focused on the new clean stray of progressive rock keeping up the melancholic mood along the tracks.

Here you can find the “new” Opeth, the sacred melancholy of Catatonia, the esoteric and apocryphal side of Led Zeppelin (“Sorceress”) and the brightness of the old school of progressive rock, Rush, Genesis, King Crimson. Opeth have become less and less "metal" but true as Manowar has been claiming many times. SORCERESS is definitely a boundless push into pure prog and what Opeth haven't done is become less experimental. This album is sumptuous, soulful and complicated, but it is the next logical step beyond ΗERITAGE’s eccentric declaration of this band's new era.

To sum up, SORCERESS is another good album of the new dawn. It’s less complicated and straight forward than its predecessor. This dawn being inclusive of a full purge of demon ralphs and purified from any growls in favor of Mikael Åkerfeldt's tantalizing cleans, cheers to the band for showing their guts and playing to their instincts. Like their new prog direction or not, OPETH fairly continues to reign as one of the greatest, most forward-thinking bands on the scene and not only.

Yesterday it was grudgingly yet brilliantly deconstructing death metal act. Today is a monstrous prog rock gem. That happened to Opeth because the Moon commanded. Under the light of the moon which is the only thing that provides the appropriate warmth this elegiac nocturne. Eventually, it may be preferable so at this strewn spell night that is above us as a majestic veil under the Light of SORCERESS, moonlighted Muse, who guides Opeth from the beginning of their course, has the main and prominent role as a source of inspiration and beauty. My exhortation, give this record a few listening sessions to unfold finesse, dedicating all of your undivided attention. What only a good album needs.
Track Listing

01. Persephone
02. Sorceress
03. The Wilde Flowers
04. Will O The Wisp
05. Chrysalis
06. Sorceress 2
07. The Seventh Sojourn
08. Strange Brew
09. A Fleeting Glance
10. Era
11. Persephone (Slight Return)


Mikael Åkerfeldt – Guitar, Vocals
Fredrik Åkesson – Guitar
Joacim Svalberg – Keyboards
Martín Méndez – Bass
Martin Axenrot – Drums

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