Opeth - Sorceress
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Based on 9 reviews
2016 Ratings: #62 / 770
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Based on 73 ratings
2016 Ratings: #350
September 30, 2016 / Release Date
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Nuclear Blast / Label
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The Guardian

Sonically warm and sparkling, Sorceress marks another high point for a band that keep defying the odds by making silly old prog rock sound stupidly exciting and audacious.


While Heritage is the strongest of this new trilogy, as well as laying the blueprint for this current era, Sorceress is able to push the adventurous qualities further to outstanding effect.


Sorceress is another outstanding outing that further solidifies Opeth’s nearly unrivaled legacy.


While it goes further musically than their two previous outings, it contains enough of the past to exist in a space that carves out terrain somewhere between Watershed and Heritage. Brilliant.

It's by no means new territory for the Swedish outfit, but a move that keeps their further foray into prog rock enjoyable.
They’ve never sounded more comfortable with their full-on prog transition, which works both for and against them
After hearing Sorceress, I'm convinced that Opeth's attempts at pure progressive rock won't grow on me, and I doubt any of their future work will be any good if they continue like this. None of these albums hold up or excite or entertain me as much as their death stuff, and this proved to be a difficult record to sit through.

After my first listen, I was prepared to give this a really low score. It somehow managed to bore me so much that it gave me a headache, which is especially surprising ... read more
I thought I would relisten and review Sorceress, since In Cauda Venenum comes out tomorrow. This to me is Opeth's first true full progressive rock album. Heritage and Pale Communication was building up to this, but I still think of those as more of transitional phases, with combination of prog rock and their old style. This sound is definitely the best on Sorceress, as well as the overall songwriting. Yes, the influences can be obvious at points, but it's a lot less blatant than previous ... read more
Sometimes their talent can get in their own way which is the only reason to knock this albums some points. Still solid against any measure.
For me, Opeth is a weird band. I love their last two albums, but the rest is kind of difficult for me.

I thought they were evolving to something better, but this album is kind of a let down if compared to their last ones. They tried to be complex, but it got messy. It doesn't deliver any punches and the melodies are the only things that truly stands out.

I think the real problem with this album is its lenght. If it were smaller, with consistent songs, like a good 70's album like the ones they ... read more
On their new record, swedish prog-metal veterans return with yet another one of their usual esoteric concepts, extending the recent streak of inconsistent releases, unfortunately. Harking back to their first 'real' progressive-rock album, Heritage, Sorceress brings in a wider sound palette in comparison with their last work, Pale Communion (which, in my opinion, had much more for listeners to dive in for), but very little substance to actually embrace. While Pale Communion had a more solid flow ... read more
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Track List

  1. Persephone
  2. Sorceress
  3. The Wilde Flowers
  4. Will O the Wisp
  5. Chrysalis
  6. Sorceress 2
  7. The Seventh Sojourn
  8. Strange Brew
  9. A Fleeting Glance
  10. Era
  11. Persephone (Slight Return)
  12. The Ward
  13. Spring MCMLXXIV
  14. Cusp of Eternity
  15. The Drapery Falls
  16. Voice of Treason
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