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Release date: 24 June 1996
Style: Extreme progressive metal


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01. Advent
02. The Night And The Silent Water
03. Nectar
04. Black Rose Immortal
05. To Bid You Farewell
06. Eternal Soul Torture [2000 reissue bonus]

Top 20 albums of 1996: 5
Top 200 albums of all time: 81

Reviews (3)
Lyrics (5)

Mikael Åkerfeldt - vocals, guitars
Peter Lindgren - guitars
Anders Nordin - drums
Johan DeFarfalla - bass

Additional info
Recorded at Unisound Recordings
Produced by Opeth and overseen by Dan Swanö.
Engineered by Dan Swanö.
Mastered at Cutting Room by Peter In De Betou and Opeth.
Cover photos by Tuija Lindström, booklet photos by Lennart Kaltea.
Layout by Timo Ketola.
Music by Mikael Åkerfeldt and Peter Lindgren.
All lyrics by Mikael Åkerfeldt.
The first edition comes with a sticker on the jewel case.

"Eternal Soul Torture" is a demo that was recorded in 1992 and includes some sections that were reused in the studio track "Advent" as well as "In Mist She Was Standing" off of the previous album Orchid. Also re-released in limited tin box in 2003.

Guest review by

Before we get to this album, I would like to get an answer to a rather difficult question. Exactly what is Opeth's style ? The riffs are similar to progressive, but Opeth also has death vocals mixed with clean ones and acoustic guitars, plus on top of that the whole album has a dark atmosphere that surrounds the listener each time he/she listens to it. Here you will find everything, aggression and emotion, calm and anger, heaviness and mellowness, everything in one song, yet never sounding like different parts, but always in a flow.

published 18.09.2003 | Comments (23)

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Actually, many people know Opeth. It is a love it or hate it band. You can love how the music flows without following typical structures. You won't expect those heavy riffs after the relaxing acoustic break. But you can hate how each song looks like some random riffs put together. Well, this review is from one who does love, at least, this album.

published 22.07.2006 | Comments (27)

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Many questions have been asked of the style and coherence of Opeth's music. Yet despite the debate and questioning Opeth remain one of the world's leading metal bands. The first of a long line of excellent albums by Opeth was released following their debut Orchid the year before. Morningrise is often regarded as the defining album for the band with a diverse range of sounds, often confusing in composition but nevertheless contrived expertly. It is an epic album full of epic songs, with elements of Death Metal and acoustic blues to mix things up. The album progresses and weaves through a barrage of riffs, solos and an undying unprecedented patience and passion for the music expressed by Mikael Akerfeldt.

published 01.10.2009 | Comments (19)

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Dima - 27.10.2015 at 11:14  
Rating: 9 The Night and the Silent Water is a wet dream of orgasmic proportions. I used to know it all on guitar but it's been years since my last playthrough. Makes me want to pick up the guitar again but I know i'll get mad when I face the reality that my fingers aren't quick enough to play it well and that I don't have time to improve. Fascinating how Mikael considered it one of his worst songs at first. Maybe the meaning behind the song brought back sad memories which affected his judgement. Overall I think the bass is one of the best things about this album. It's constantly poking its head through the mournful guitar riffs and melodies giving the whole album a more zesty feel, particularly on To Bid You Farewell.
DeathMetal - 24.08.2016 at 09:11  
Rating: 9 Perfect lost in thought music.
VIG - 17.10.2016 at 15:43  
Rating: 10 Best opeth album, and my favorite
anathema_1977 - 17.10.2016 at 21:43  
Rating: 10 I strongly second this. Perfect album.
So complex, so full of atmosphere.
I remember when I bought this first of my Opeth albums in 1996, this band was a complete noname to me (and my friends).
I was so overwhelmed by this album at my first listen.
Only several years later I discovered other excellent albums by them.
None ever made it up to beautiful Morningrise (though SL, Orchid, MAYH, BWP came close).

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