Thursday, July 28, 2011
Feast Your Ears on "The Devil's Orchard"
Well, my wish was granted. The second track, "The Devil's Orchard", from Heritage can be heard over at Stereogum.com.
Sadly, I can't say I was that pleased with my first listen. It is definitely not the heavy, melodic Opeth sound I love. It has more of a jazzy feel to me, which isn't the "feel" I want from Opeth. Don't get me wrong, musically it is intricate and cool sounding, with their usual pinpoint timing and changes, but I prefer their heavier material. I'm also not thrilled to hear that the entire album will feature Akerfeldt's "clean" vocals.
After a couple more listens the song grew on me, so I'm thinking that might be the way the whole album goes for me. Not love at first listen, but it I might have to spend some time with it to fully appreciate the musicianship. The solo towards the end of the song is fucking amazing sounding though.
I can't complain though, this album will be better than most anything else coming out this year...even if it does put me out of my Opeth comfort zone. Go give it a listen and share your thoughts in the comments!