Opeth - My Arms, Your Hearse


8.8 | 1270 votes |
Release date: 18 August 1998
Style: Extreme progressive metal

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01. Prologue
02. April Ethereal
03. When
04. Madrigal
05. The Amen Corner
06. Demon Of The Fall
07. Credence
08. Karma
09. Epilogue
10. Circle Of The Tyrants [Celtic Frost cover] [2000/2003 re-release bonus]
11. Remember Tomorrow [Iron Maiden cover] [2000/2003 re-release bonus]

Top 20 albums of 1998: 6
Top 200 albums of all time: 126

Line-up
Mikael Åkerfeldt - vocals, guitars, bass
Peter Lindgren - guitars
Martin Lopez - drums

Additional info
Additional musicians:
Fredrik Nordström - Hammond organ on "Epilogue".

Recorded at Fredman Studios.
Due to technical problems at Fredman Studio, acoustic guitars were recorded at Nacksving Studio.
Engineered and co-produced by Fredrik Nordström.

"Circle of Tyrants" was recorded at Unisound in 1995.
"Remember Tomorrow" was recorded at Soundlab Studios in 1997.

During the vocal recording sessions, Mikael was sick with a cold.

Re-released in 2000 with bonus tracks.
Re-released in 2003 as a limited edition tin box featuring the same bonus tracks.

Staff review by
Demonic Tutor
Rating:
9.7
Opeth. That's already a guarantee for a splendid musical opus! With such geniuses on guitars - Mikael Akerfeldt and Peter Lindgren - Opeth create in their third album powerful and dazzling death metal music. But it would be unfair to attribute Opeth's music to death metal. In fact, anyone who tries to classify Opeth in a particular metal style, ends up with a headache. That's almost impossible to do that. One of the important points is that acoustic parts are so incredible that each song is worth any other 'pure death' album. As a result, you don't need to be interested in death metal to enjoy Opeth . My Arms, Your Hearse is actually Opeth's first album with the current line-up, including new drummer Martin Lopez and new bass player Martin Mendez. This release is a great musical step for the band as the recording is clearly better than on Orchid and Morningrise. Huge work done by the band, of course, but also by Fredman studios and Fredrik Nordstrom. Good job dudes!

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published 18.09.2003 | Comments (13)

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18.02.2010 - 18:53
Rating: 10
advent
The strange thing about this album that until sometime i thought it was the worst album by Opeth.. listening to it further more made me realize it was the point where they manged to make the perfect sound of prog death metal and still music mean something to u and the feelings here are intensed ....an important thing that Opeth newer albums lacked of.. and i think credence is the best acoustic track Opeth played...if it isn't the only one
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27.07.2011 - 18:50
Rating: 9
aerobat97
"Demon of the Fall" is my favorite song from this album.
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20.11.2011 - 01:26
Rating: 9
Regolith
This is a great album. Like it's younger, more popular brother, Still Life, it is a concept album. To really appreciate it you've got to read along with the music as it tells a story and there are lyrics even for the instrumental tracks (which I think is a great idea). Also, the name of each track is the last word of the lyrics for the previous track.

Probably the only major downfall is the sub-par production, but overall the writting, performance and composition of the album are, well ... Operfect!
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30.11.2011 - 15:12
Rating: 8
Amrott
Guys for you who own this album, do you recommend for to get the album version of it (stand-alone CD) or to get it part of the Candlelight Years collection? I'm picky about the art-work, lyrics, linear notes and stuff like that and I was afraid the box-set could have any of that stuff missing. So if you have an idea I'd appreciate to know, thanks.
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30.11.2011 - 17:32
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Written by Amrott on 30.11.2011 at 15:12
I'm picky about the art-work, lyrics, linear notes and stuff like that and I was afraid the box-set could have any of that stuff missing.

I bought the Collector's Edition Slipcase and it was basically just a box of the original albums, nothing additional. Chances are it's the same with the Candlelight box set.
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03.12.2011 - 01:21
Rating: 8
Amrott
Written by Troy Killjoy on 30.11.2011 at 17:32

Written by Amrott on 30.11.2011 at 15:12
I'm picky about the art-work, lyrics, linear notes and stuff like that and I was afraid the box-set could have any of that stuff missing.

I bought the Collector's Edition Slipcase and it was basically just a box of the original albums, nothing additional. Chances are it's the same with the Candlelight box set.

Thanks Troy, I'm getting the individual albums
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03.12.2011 - 02:16
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Glad to be of assistance.
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28.12.2011 - 04:39
Rating: 9
ThunderAxe1989
Irreligious
Ahhhh what a masterpiece! Probably their "artsiest" album of all, I like how the last couple words of a track is the title of the upcoming song.
It's way better than the previous "Morningrise" album, no doubt!
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03.01.2012 - 02:30
Rating: 9
musicalkaratekid
Though not quite their best, this album impresses me a lot, even having listened to it for the last five years. But the way each and every song flows into the next, it really makes the album as a whole well structured. Oh, and 'When' is an epic among epics.
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01.03.2012 - 20:56
Rating: 10
Pelagial
Dark as i want
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04.03.2012 - 21:32
Korah
Written by Pelagial on 01.03.2012 at 20:56

Dark as i want


And as I want too
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Don't cry for my English
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10.06.2012 - 01:21
Rating: 8
Dentura
Shadow King
For a while this has been my favorite album by the band. While my views on it may have changed, it will forever remain a powerful album that shows once again what Opeth is made of.
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...And so death to the falsity of thy former rulers. Thy kingdom of "heaven" burns in a field of fire, and Dentura is the one true God thou must yield thy hearts and souls to in absolute submission. It is his ultimate decree and will unto thee..
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12.08.2012 - 17:14
MechanisT
Account deleted
Newfound appreciation for this album. The majestic lyrics... I am not the one to be nitpicky on lyrical content generally, but this one... pure magic.
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16.11.2012 - 20:38
Rating: 9
Erik M.
Written by musicalkaratekid on 03.01.2012 at 02:30

Though not quite their best, this album impresses me a lot, even having listened to it for the last five years. But the way each and every song flows into the next, it really makes the album as a whole well structured. Oh, and 'When' is an epic among epics.


I agree, it's great but definitely not their best. And you do know why the order of the tracks is the way it is, right?
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18.11.2012 - 15:33
Rating: 9
musicalkaratekid
Written by Erik M. on 16.11.2012 at 20:38

Written by musicalkaratekid on 03.01.2012 at 02:30

Though not quite their best, this album impresses me a lot, even having listened to it for the last five years. But the way each and every song flows into the next, it really makes the album as a whole well structured. Oh, and 'When' is an epic among epics.


I agree, it's great but definitely not their best. And you do know why the order of the tracks is the way it is, right?


Yeah, I know now. It still works pretty damn well too.
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25.01.2013 - 18:50
Illog1cal
Account deleted
This is my favourite Opeth release because not only does it have the best riffs, there is minimal repetition and more rapid progression. It seems more focused then most of their other albums.
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02.05.2014 - 23:00
Rating: 8
Paw!!
For me, All Metalhead should have this album.This is briliant album with some heavy riff, lyrics, and the deep-meaningfor each songs
Then If you are looking for terrific album, you must own, My Arms, Your Hearse
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22.08.2014 - 18:41
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Once again Akerfeldt's growls and the guitar work are the highlights of the album, but this seems to be more of a melodic death metal album than prog - no complaints from me about that. The production comes across a little thin and as a result the music doesn't sound as heavy as I'd like, but this is still one of Opeth's most crushing albums overall. The clean vocals aren't as smooth and have a bit of depth to them, not unlike what you'd hear from a gothic metal vocalist. Apparently Akerfeldt was sick during the recording and I'm willing to bet that played a large part in his delivery. Maybe if he did that more often I'd like this band more.
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14.10.2014 - 01:15
Rating: 9
Zaph
The Nothingth
Written by Troy Killjoy on 22.08.2014 at 18:41

Apparently Akerfeldt was sick during the recording and I'm willing to bet that played a large part in his delivery. Maybe if he did that more often I'd like this band more.

Interesting, I wasn't aware of that. I love his vocals on this album and it's also my favorite Opeth album so I agree, he should get sick before recordings in the future.
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Wubba Lubba Dub Dub
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08.03.2015 - 23:55
Rating: 9
Bad English
Masterchief
Great album, more extreme as previously 2 , I like prolog, epilogue here.
It had more extreme parts not calm variations of melodies ad prev. 2 albums , and calmer vocal parts.
I did listened it while was driving to Skellfteå
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Life is to short for LOVE, there is many great things to do online !!!

Stormtroopers of Death - ''Speak English or Die''

I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
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27.10.2015 - 13:32
Rating: 8
Dima
Very refined from head to toe, from neck to nuts.What a magisterial song Demon of the Fall is though. A maelstrom of infernal vocals, moody melodies, adventurous drumming and sweeping brilliance. Those 6-7 minutes really is Opeth at its finest.

I also really like the worn out style of the artwork, like a photograph that's deteriorated over time. Similar effect lies with SL, BW and Watershed. Wish they kept dishing out these covers.
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