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Release date: 18 October 1999
Style: Extreme progressive metal


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01. The Moor
02. Godhead's Lament
03. Benighted
04. Moonlapse Vertigo
05. Face Of Melinda
06. Serenity Painted Death
07. White Cluster

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Top 200 albums of all time: 14

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Additional info
"Still Life", the fourth Opeth volume was recorded at Maestro Musik and at Studio Fredman studios during the 15th of April and the 29th of May, 1999
Produced and engineered by Opeth
Sound settings and additional engineering by Fredrik Nordström and Isak Edh
Mastered at The Mastering Room by Goran Finnberg
Booklet design by Travis Smith and Opeth
Photos by Harry Välimaki and Travis Smith (thanks to Siggi Blasey)
Logo designed by Timo Ketola

Remastered by Jens Borgen and re-released in 2008 through Peaceville Records with reworked artwork, 5.1 mix and a video of "Face Of Melinda" taken from "The Roundhouse Tapes".

Staff review by

Thanks to Still Life, I have become an Opeth fan, simply because it has all I ask: at the same time violent and calm, heavy and melodic, metal and acoustic, the long songs, the wonderful singing, the perfect musicians, the sublime quality of the songwriting... I still wonder how can one not give the highest rating to an Opeth album, and especially to this one, which is for me their best.

published 18.09.2003 | Comments (27)

Staff review by

Technicality, Progression, Complexity, a lot of solos, and some other good things describe Opeth's music, Still Life is one of those albums that everyone loves, that everyone talks about, so I decided to buy it, actually I have this album since 2000 but anyway that does not matter.

This album is generally good, of course for those persons that consider Opeth's music as Death Metal this album will be hideously boring and dull, but dudes Opeth is not only death metal, in fact the best thing in Opeth is their versatility and flexibility in the music they create, of course also the complexity and everything else is brilliant, but the main thing is their adaptability.

published 21.01.2005 | Comments (18)

Guest review by

I don't know a lot of bands who, like Opeth, progress so much after each album and stay so good. Alongside the brutality of death metal, which is the fuel of Opeth, there is a very strong progressive side which are of past generations, old and even obscure rock and metal bands from he '70s. Their progression was short lived, but thanks to Mike Akerfeldt, their soul lives on in Opeth.

published 10.08.2006 | Comments (19)

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Immortal - 04.01.2010 at 06:46  
  Such an awesome album, I've been listening to this for about 6 years now and I'm still not bored of it.
Warman - 04.01.2010 at 12:04  
Rating: 8 Yes, this is an amazing album. But somehow most of the songs doesn't get to me, like other Opeth tracks. "The Moor" and "Benighted" are masterpieces though.
Elio - 04.01.2010 at 16:01  
Rating: 10 It's really hard to pick a "favourite Opeth album", but this one is very close to the definition.
aerobat97 - 07.08.2011 at 19:06  
Rating: 9 "Face of Melinda" and "The Moor" are amazing songs.
Regolith - 27.09.2011 at 20:31  
Rating: 10 'Perfect. Absolutely perfect. This is the single most influencial piece of musical work ever (for me). From start to finish it is amazing. The whole album is put together perfectly. Songs flow togther in perfect fashion. Riff after riff your musical senses are assulted, tickled, pleased or un-nerved.

Did I mention it's perfect?

'Moonlapse Vertigo' is my personal favorite, as well as 'The Moor', 'Face of Melinda' and 'Serenity Painted Death'.

I highly recommend you get it, sit down, hit play, look at the album art, read the insert/lyrics and let it sink in.
musicalkaratekid - 28.02.2012 at 01:54  
Rating: 10 I don't know what it is about listening to this album at midnight with absolutely no disturbances whatsoever, but its something magical, I'll say. Originally i didn't actually know this was a conceptual record, but i don't think it really matters, given the fact that this album some of Opeth's best riffs and melodies, sometimes together in one song. That's all I can say.
Vod52 - 01.03.2012 at 20:56  
Rating: 10 Very very good
Tiglath Pileser - 03.05.2012 at 14:59  
Rating: 10 Has anybody heard the 5.1 remix of this album? Especially The Moor and Godhead's Lament are amazing. Amazing riffs, changes in rhythm and mood, touching lyrics.

Quite a perfect album, accompanied with some beautiful melancholic artwork. Perfection indeed!
Dentura - 10.06.2012 at 01:24  
Rating: 8 One of the greatest concept albums I have ever heard in music period. The acoustic break in "Godhead's Lament" is one of the most beautiful moments I have ever heard.
Void Eater - 06.08.2012 at 06:34  
  I hate this album because it's so fucking good that whenever I try to listen to anything else by Opeth, I stop and play something from this album.
Angry Chair - 11.09.2012 at 20:22  
Rating: 10 Second best to Blackwater park but only just. Simply a masterpiece.

Fritillaria - 11.09.2012 at 20:50  
  Still one of the best progressive albums
Erik M. - 12.11.2012 at 20:57  
Rating: 10 One of Opeth's best albums for sure: an obvious masterpiece. I like every track a lot except for Benighted (though it's still good). The Moor is probably my favourite track (the intro is amazing).
Mr. Doctor - 15.11.2012 at 16:47  
Rating: 9 Probably my favorite Opeth album... Always found it superior to Blackwater Park.
megadeath13 - 28.12.2012 at 01:54  
  Most similar sounding album to Blackwater Park and its nearly as perfect!
Norther - 17.01.2013 at 18:02  
Rating: 7 Few years ago i got a song of that band , i still remember i liked only the finish of song but now is time to take that album , i saw good votes/comments so how many songs i like i give a beer \m/
InnerSelf - 29.01.2013 at 01:12  
Rating: 9 Talk about a brilliant album, you have two absolutely timeless tracks : Godhead's Lament and Serenity Painted Death and then another 5 brilliant tracks ... I think in terms of the more extreme Opeth riffs (Death Metal riffs), this album has the best of those.
quisableed - 24.05.2013 at 02:54  
Rating: 10 I think i'm in love with melinda
mz - 07.07.2013 at 17:58  
Rating: 9 Quiet a fucking masterpiece in every fucking way possible. Extreme vocals are probably the best death metal vocals I've ever heard and also riffing is just prefect. A timeless classic without any doubt
The only thing I can do is this :
Nick K. - 20.02.2014 at 21:31  
EtaArgus - 27.02.2014 at 21:07  
Rating: 10 Perfection is the word here.
Daniell - 28.02.2014 at 00:03  
Rating: 10 Godhead's Lament - my favourite song.
Paw!! - 10.06.2014 at 17:35  
Rating: 10 Surely after 11 years past.... "Still Life" owning.
Make me loveee all masterpiece songs in this album.
deadone - 16.06.2014 at 04:59  
Rating: 8 Definitely a landmark album. Serenity Painted Death is one of my favourite Opeth songs!

Only thing that pisses me off is I've been unable to get a replacement copy since mine died (old CD player ate it somehow with a big unfixable scratch) unless I want a 5.1 version. Every time I've ordered it, it never arrives.
telephonebear - 14.08.2014 at 12:16  
Written by deadone on 16.06.2014 at 04:59

Definitely a landmark album. Serenity Painted Death is one of my favourite Opeth songs!

Only thing that pisses me off is I've been unable to get a replacement copy since mine died (old CD player ate it somehow with a big unfixable scratch) unless I want a 5.1 version. Every time I've ordered it, it never arrives.

i got the stereo double disc pack. tbh i watched the bonus face of melinda live video but other than that i never touch the second disc. it comes in quite a nice case, but i would have just got the normal audio cd if i could

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