Ghost Reveries

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Ghost Reveries
Ghost Reveries (Opeth) album cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 29, 2005 (2005-08-29)
Recorded15 March – 1 June 2005
StudioFascination Street Studios (Örebro, Sweden)
Genre
Length66:46
LabelRoadrunner
Producer
Opeth chronology
Damnation
(2003)
Ghost Reveries
(2005)
Collecter's Edition Slipcase
(2006)
Singles from Ghost Reveries
  1. "The Grand Conjuration"
    Released: July 26, 2005

Ghost Reveries is the eighth studio album by Swedish progressive metal band Opeth. It was released on August 29, 2005. It was their first album after signing with Roadrunner Records, and first album since Still Life (1999) to not be produced by Steven Wilson.[3]

Ghost Reveries is the first album by Opeth to include keyboardist Per Wiberg as a "permanent" member (although Wiberg contributed keyboard work to Opeth's live performances starting around the time of Lamentations), and it is the last Opeth album to include drummer Martin Lopez and long-time guitarist Peter Lindgren.[4]

The album's only single is "The Grand Conjuration". A music video of the song was released, although about half of the song was edited from the video, due to the length of the song. Lopez does not appear in the video, as he was sick and was temporarily replaced by Gene Hoglan.[5]

Background[edit]

For the first time since Still Life, the songs for Ghost Reveries were written for the album before going into the studio. This gave Opeth three weeks to rehearse and perfect the recording in the studio. The band had to decide whether to record the album at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden, or at Sonic Ranch. They eventually chose Fascination Street Studios, as it was closer to their homes.

Style[edit]

The album marks a temporary return to the progressive metal styles of the previous albums and features death growls, though still includes some of the progressive rock elements of Damnation.

Ghost Reveries was initially intended to be a concept album, with numerous tracks linking together a story of a man's turmoil after committing an unconscionable act, symbolised by killing his own mother. However, Mikael Åkerfeldt commented:

"I had intended to do a occult concept piece lyrically and got off to a great start with some downright evil lyrics like "The Baying of the Hounds" and "Ghost of Perdition", then I did "Isolation Years" which had nothing to do with the intended concept but I liked it so much I decided to ease up on the concept idea in favour of this one lyric. Why I decided on a occult theme? Well, I've always been intrigued by it, especially Satanism and stuff like that. I studied some books that oddly enough my wife had in her collection like "Servants of Satan" as well as "Witchcraft and Sorcery" + some more. I figured it'd be interesting to see what a mature 31 year old mind would make of this subject as opposed to the 16 year old kid who used to pose in front of his Bathory poster. I'm quite happy with them to be honest, and they're ... evil!"[6]

The album only partly portrays a concept, not fully arranged in the poetic manner as previous releases such as Still Life and My Arms, Your Hearse.

"The Baying of the Hounds" is partially inspired by lyrics from the song "Diana" from Comus's album First Utterance.

Artwork[edit]

The artwork was created after the completion of the album. Åkerfeldt commented on the artwork, saying:

"I'd been looking for one of the old medieval looking woodcuts, me and Peter went to the Royal library here in Stockholm looking for a evil (yep!) picture, but that was like searching for a needle in a haystack. Couldn't find one. In the meantime, I'd received some pics from good ol' Travis Smith. And as per usual with Mr. Smith, he's a genius ... the candle pictures just blew me away ... that's the cover, fuck the woodcuts! I love it! It's probably the most gothic looking cover we've had, right?"

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic5/5 stars[2]
Blabbermouth.net10/10 stars[8]
Chronicles of Chaos9/10 stars[9]
Kerrang!5/5 stars[10]
Pitchfork Media8.4/10[11]
PopMatters9/10 stars[12]
Terrorizer9.5/10 stars[10]

Ghost Reveries received critical acclaim and peaked on the Billboard 200 at number 64.[13]

In 2014, TeamRock put Ghost Reveries at #46 on their "Top 100 Greatest Prog Albums of All Time" list commenting that "this was a partial concept album, with Satanism as its theme. It’s now regarded as one of the defining albums of 21st-century progressive metal."[14] Loudwire placed the album at #3 on their "Top 100 Hard Rock and Heavy Metal Albums of the 21st Century" list, only being beaten out by System of a Down's Toxicity (#2) and Tool's Lateralus (#1).[15]

Release[edit]

Ghost Reveries was released in Europe on August 29, 2005, and in North America on August 30, 2005.

A special edition of the album was released by Roadrunner Records on October 31, 2006. It is packaged in a large digipak and contains a CD and DVD, along with new cover art and an extended booklet featuring extra album artwork and a letter from Åkerfeldt. The CD contains the original tracks from the album, as well as a bonus cover of "Soldier of Fortune" by Deep Purple, which was recorded as a live take with the band's new drummer, Martin Axenrot. The DVD contains a Dolby 5.1 surround sound mix (not including the bonus track), a 40-minute documentary, and the video for "The Grand Conjuration". This documentary details the making of Ghost Reveries, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the band's day-to-day life while recording and touring.[16]

Some copies of Ghost Reveries were mastered using HDCD. Although it is unmarked, playing the album in a CD player able to decode HDCD will give superior sound quality.

"Ghost of Perdition" is included in the soundtrack for the video game Saints Row 2 on the radio station Krunch 106.66.[17] As of November 29, 2011, it is also available for download for the video game Rock Band 3. "The Grand Conjuration" is included in the soundtrack for the video game Sleeping Dogs, on the radio station "roadrunner records". It is also included in the soundtrack for the video game Final Fight: Streetwise, being the boss battle theme song of one of the game's bosses, Famine.[18]

Release history[edit]

Date Release
August 29, 2005 Europe
August 30, 2005 United States

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Mikael Åkerfeldt[19].

No.TitleLength
1."Ghost of Perdition"10:29
2."The Baying of the Hounds"10:41
3."Beneath the Mire"7:57
4."Atonement"5:23
5."Reverie/Harlequin Forest[a]"11:39
6."Hours of Wealth"5:20
7."The Grand Conjuration"10:21
8."Isolation Years"3:51
Total length:66:46
Notes
  1. ^ "Reverie" appears after 5:23 in "Atonement". On the CD version, it appears in the pregap between "Atonement" and "Harlequin Forest". On the digital version, the pregap has just been added to the end of "Atonement".

Personnel[edit]

Band[edit]

Production[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Weekly[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
position
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[20] 39
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[21] 10

Monthly[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
position
Poland (ZPAV Top 100) 38[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cai, Freddy (23 June 2009). "#10: OPETH – GHOST REVERIES". Metal Sucks. Forefathers Group. Retrieved 12 December 2015. Ghost Reveries is the most solid and progressive metal album I’ve heard this decade
  2. ^ a b c Jurek, Thom (2005). "Ghost Reveries - Opeth". AllMusic. Archived from the original on 20 October 2017. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Opeth sign with Roadrunner Records". Blabbermouth.net. 20 May 2005. Retrieved 2 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Peter Lindgren and Martin Lopez quit Opeth". Retrieved 7 August 2010.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "'The Grand Conjuration' Video Posted Online". Blabbermouth.net. 2 September 2005. Retrieved 2 June 2014.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 30 January 2013. Retrieved 11 February 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Alternative Press | Reviews". Altpress.com. Archived from the original on 19 August 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2012.
  8. ^ "Blabbermouth.Net". Roadrunnerrecords.com. Archived from the original on 3 December 2005. Retrieved 14 January 2012.
  9. ^ "CoC : Opeth - Ghost Reveries : Review". Chroniclesofchaos.com. Archived from the original on 16 June 2011. Retrieved 14 January 2012.
  10. ^ a b [1] Archived September 2, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Stosuy, Brandon. Ghost Reveries review 2007-01-02. Retrieved on 2010-11-26.
  12. ^ Begrand, Adrien. "Opeth: Ghost Reveries". PopMatters. Retrieved 14 January 2012.
  13. ^ "Ghost Reveries Number 64 on the Billboard". Retrieved 7 August 2010.
  14. ^ Edwards, Mike. "The 100 Greatest Prog Albums Of All Time: 60-41". TeamRock. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  15. ^ "Top 100 Hard Rock + Heavy Metal Albums of the 21st Century". Loudwire. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  16. ^ "Ghost Reveries Special Edition". Archived from the original on 17 July 2010. Retrieved 7 August 2010.
  17. ^ "Saints Row 2 Soundtrack". Retrieved 7 August 2010.[permanent dead link]
  18. ^ "Final Fight: Streetwise Soundtrack". Retrieved 3 March 2020.
  19. ^ "Opeth official website discography". Opeth.com. Archived from the original on 28 November 2011. Retrieved 26 December 2011.
  20. ^ "Oficjalna lista sprzedaży :: OLiS - Official Retail Sales Chart". OLiS. Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved February 14, 2014.
  21. ^ "Opeth: Ghost Reveries" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved October 10, 2016.
  22. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 8 October 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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