Starting this piece of review I should mention that I never cared for Opeth. Their older albums are simply annoying to my ears. But when their leader Mikael Akkerfeldt started hanging around with Steven Wilson, I thought that maybe something started to change. There has been a huge turn in their music, starting with the album Damnation (2003). Every new release of their shows was a major change in their music and style is in progress so we still don’t know where it goes!
I just own three of Opeth’s albums; Damnation (2003), Heritage (2011) and this new one which was a present from a friend (in the vinyl edition; thank you Demetris “All Around”!).
I consider Damnation as an important and good album and the same stands for Heritage. But I must admit that Sorceress caught me in its web! What a surprise! I wasn’t expecting it to be that good!
You can buy the album in the double (picture disc) vinyl edition that includes 11 songs in total. The CD version is also double, including 16 tracks. The second CD is kind of a bonus one including 2 extra studio songs and 3 live ones.
The album’s opening track is the folky “Persephone”, a beautiful and melodic tune, followed by the rather powerful “Sorceress”. Next comes “The Wilde Flower”, another strong tune that reminds me of something but I can’t figure out of what. “Will-O-the-Wisp” is a cool and melodic tune, followed by “Chrysalis”, perhaps the most powerful song of the album.
“Sorceress 2” is a very slow tune that in some parts reminds me of Pink Floyd. Then the best song on the album comes but it seems as if it was taken out of another band’s album, probably from a Myrath’s album or something! The “Seventh Sojourn” is an Anatolian-influenced hypnotizing tune which caught my attention from the first spin. “Strange Brew” (nothing to do with the same titled song recorded by Cream) is a totally prog tune that I don’t really like to be honest. I rather prefer the “A Fleeting Glance” which follows after that. “Era” is another powerful prog song which does not add anything new to the album without being a bad song at all! “Persephone” (as a slight return) is closing the album, and it is a low tempo melancholic short tune.
All in all, in a few words, Sorceress is a really good album including some fine moments, some nice tunes and a couple of powerful prog songs. I don’t know how Opeth fans will react to this release but I’m perfectly pleased with it.
Favorite songs (so far): “The Seventh Sojourn”, “Chrysalis”, “Persephone”, “Sorceress”, “Will-O-the-Wisp”.