BravePicks 2016 - OPETH's Sorceress #25

December 7, 2016, 3 years ago

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BravePicks 2016 - OPETH's Sorceress #25

Another gruelling year of heavy metal mastery is almost over! And all the votes are in and the compiling is complete! It's time to celebrate the winners and call out the not-so winners! So who will be our #1? You’ll find out as we count down the BravePick Of 2016 throughout December! And once again our devout scribes put their collective metal minds together to build the ultimate lists including individual Top 20s (new studio albums ONLY),  Top 5 Brave Embarrassments, Top 3 Concerts, What/Who Needs To Stop In 2017? and Metal Predictions For 2017. All will be showcased come the New Year!

'Tis the season to commence the good, bad and ugly of 2016! Let’s rock!

BravePicks 2016

25) OPETH - Sorceress (Moderbolaget/Nuclear Blast)

Yes, always controversial! But we still love them to death ... but that's the issue, less "death" and more prog these days. "Metal" Tim defended their musical mission with the following review excerpt:

"I’m on the side of Mr. Åkerfeldt, as he continually leans away from his death metal gurgling, gargling, whatever you want to call it. Cookie Monster vocals! Alas, his cookie cravings seem to be long gone. But no need to fret; he has other tricks up his sleeve that are more menacing. As per my classic rock comment—or some say Psychedelic Psunday, stolen from any number of poorly play-listed FM stations—Sorceress is not that far removed from yesteryear. And it’s quite common knowledge that Åkerfeldt is a vinyl addict and continuous collector (and that’s original vinyl, not the plethora of money-sucking reissues we see daily).

"And he’s wearing those prog/psych influences on his sleeve quite proudly. As well, the recording setting of Rockfield Studios only adds to the allure and waxing nostalgically to an earlier time, as everybody from Queen to Black Sabbath and Budgie have produced momentous works of heavy art there."

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25) OPETH - Sorceress (Moderbolaget/Nuclear Blast)
26) HAMMERFALL - Built To Last (Napalm)
27) EPICA - The Holographic Principle (Nuclear Blast)
28)  DARK TRANQUILLITY - Atoma (Century Media)
29) SUMERLANDS - S/T (Relapse)
30) RUNNING WILD – Rapid Foray (SPV)
31) AVANTASIA – Ghostlights (Nuclear Blast)

 



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