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Ghost Reveries
Studio album by Opeth
Released August 29, 2005
(See release history)
Recorded March 15–June 1, 2005
Genre Progressive death metal
Progressive rock
Length 66:46
70:16 (bonus track)
Label Roadrunner
Producer Jens Bogren, Opeth
Professional reviews
Opeth chronology
Damnation
(2003)
Ghost Reveries
(2005)
Opeth Box Set
(2006)

Ghost Reveries is the eighth full-length studio album release of progressive death metal band Opeth. It is their first album with their new record label, Roadrunner Records. This album returned to a more progressive death metal style; this is in contrast to the previous album's softer tone.

It is also the first album by Opeth to include Per Wiberg as a "permanent" member, although Wiberg contributed keyboard work to Opeth's live performances starting around the time of Deliverance. As well, this is the last album by the band featuring long-time guitarist Peter Lindgren and drummer Martin Lopez.

Ghost Reveries was recorded at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden. The album's artwork is by Travis Smith, who has contributed artwork to Opeth's previous releases. Ghost Reveries was released in Europe on August 29, 2005 and in North America on August 30, 2005 and peaked on the Billboard 200 at number 64. The album was also ranked number 54 on the October 2006 issue of Guitar World magazine's list of the greatest 100 guitar albums of all time. [1] It was also ranked 17 on Metal Storm's list of top 100 progressive metal albums of all time and one of Classic Rock‘s 10 essential progressive rock albums of the decade. [1]

The album's lone single is "The Grand Conjuration". A music video of the song has been released, though about half the song was edited from the video due to the length of the song.

A special edition of the album was released by Roadrunner Records on October 31, 2006. It is packaged in a large digipak and contains a CD and DVD, along with new cover art and an extended booklet featuring extra album artwork and a letter from Mikael Åkerfeldt. The CD contains the original tracks from the album as well as a bonus cover of "Soldier of Fortune" by Deep Purple, which was recorded as a live take with the band's new drummer, Martin Axenrot. The DVD contains a Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound mix (though does not include the bonus track), a 40-minute documentary, and the video for "The Grand Conjuration". This documentary details the making of Ghost Reveries, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the band's day-to-day life while recording and touring.

Contents

Concept

Ghost Reveries was initially intended to be a concept album, with numerous tracks linking together a story of a man's turmoil after killing his own mother. However, Mikael Åkerfeldt claims he wanted the track "Isolation Years" on the album despite its irrelevance to the plot. Thus, the album only partly portrays a concept, not fully arranged in the poetic manner as previous releases such as Still Life and My Arms, Your Hearse.

Track listing

All music written by Opeth, with all lyrics written by Mikael Åkerfeldt.

# Title Length
1. "Ghost of Perdition"   10:29
2. "The Baying of the Hounds"   10:41
3. "Beneath the Mire"   7:57
4. "Atonement"   6:28
5. "Reverie/Harlequin Forest"   11:41
6. "Hours of Wealth"   5:20
7. "The Grand Conjuration"   10:21
8. "Isolation Years"   3:51

Special Edition bonus track

# Title Writer(s) Length
9. "Soldier of Fortune"   Deep Purple 3:15

Notes

  • In the track "Reverie/Harlequin Forest," "Reverie" is a pregap to "Harlequin Forest." In all modern CD players, the pregap to any track (except the first track) will be displayed as the end of the previous track. In this case, "Reverie" could be mistakenly seen as a "hidden track" to track four, "Atonement." If the listener "rewinds" from the beginning of track five on a modern CD player, a negative time will appear in the display, which is the "Reverie" pregap. "Reverie" should start playing at about 5:23 into Atonement or -1:05 before Harlequin Forest.
  • "The Baying of the Hounds" is partially inspired by lyrics from the song "Diana" from Comus's album First Utterance.
  • "Ghost of Perdition" is included in the soundtrack for the video game Saint's Row 2 on the radio station Krunch 106.66.

Credits

Production

  • Produced, mixed and engineered by Opeth and Jens Bogren
  • Recorded by Rickard Bengtsson, Anders Alexandersson and Niklas Kallgren
  • Mastered by Opeth and Thomas Eberger

Release history

Date Release
August 29, 2005 Europe
August 30, 2005 United States

References

  1. ^ Classic Rock, February 2010, Issue 141.

External links

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