Opeth – unspoiled beautiful, youthfully brutal

“Masters of Darkness” Part 3

Today Opeth have changed a lot since they were formed back in the mid 90’s.
But in this context of Scandivavian darkness, I will focus on the Opeth sound we hear on the early albums, they created between 1995 and 1996, their debut “Orchid”, and “Morningrise”, this is the virgin Opeth, unspoiled beautiful, youthfully brutal.

From Orchid

Orchid, was the closest Opeth would ever come, to the sound of the Black/Death Metal scene, But even so, Orchid combines influences from acoustics folk music and Jazz music, with death metal/heavy rock. As well as having both clean and growled vocals.

From Morningrise

On Morningrise, Opeth, or rather vocalist Åkerfeldt, leans a bit more towards clean vocals than on Orchid, but the album is otherwise still very dark, and continues the feel of the debut, though perhaps a bit more complex and experimental. The album contains only 5 tracks, all more than 10 minutes long.

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