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- Released on 8/22/05 by Roadrunner Records
- Main artists: Opeth
- Genre: Rock
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Stockholm's most unpredictable metallic sons Opeth have offered another step on their dark journey into the Maelstrom that combines progressive sonics, and acoustic and electric instrumentation, all the while extrapolating on their now-trademark brand of death metal. Stepping aside from the malevolent acoustic elegance of 2003's Damnation without abandoning the textural advances, Ghost Reveries is a tour de force of creativity, power, and innovation. Alternately melodic and brutal, the album takes the band's progressive acumen to a new level while never abandoning the crunch. Vocalist, guitarist, and lyricist Mikael Åkerfeldt has become a complete poet of the dark side. With bandmates Per Wiberg on keyboards, drummer Martin Lopez, guitarist Peter Lindgren, and bassist Martin Mendez, Åkerfeldt has forged ahead into a vein of this music that moves it further forward while embracing not only elements of the band's foundational past, but also elements from the annals of heavy metal. The sheer, harsh, tragic beauty of Ghost Reveries reveals it as more a hunted album than a haunted one. The opener "Ghost of Perdition" is layered with heartbreakingly lyrical beauty -- amidst its crack and burn -- with vocals either sung poetically or growled from the depths of the ravages of the human throat: "In time the hissing of her sanity/Faded out her voice and soiled her name/And like marked pages in a diary/Everything seemed that is unstained/The incoherent talk of ordinary days/Why would we really need to live/Decide what is clear and what's within a haze/What you should take and what to give...." The guitars, electric and acoustic, intertwining and winding around one another with quick figures, move the melody into the labyrinthine "Reverie/Harlequin Forest," that goes on for over 11 minutes while its tales of sickness and tenderness rub against one another and become one tortured being. Justification and easy moral judgments become futile, reflections of painful memory and dislocation are taut, walking a rusty razor wire as propulsive drums and crackling guitars carry the singer into his desolation. Ultimately, Ghost Reveries comes together like a suite, characters have various faces and traits, but they are all reflections in a mirror that retains no permanent image. This album is a culmination of everything Opeth have worked toward throughout their career. It's fully realized, stunningly beautiful, and emotionally fragmented; it's a terrain where power, tenderness, and sheer grief hold forth under heavy manners. Awesome. © Thom Jurek /TiVo
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Opeth, MainArtist - Mikael Akerfeldt, Producer, Engineer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MasteringEngineer, MixingEngineer, Additional Mellotron - Peter Lindgren, Producer, Engineer, Guitar, MasteringEngineer, MixingEngineer - Per Wiberg, Producer, Engineer, Hammond Organ, Piano, Synthesizer, Mellotron, MasteringEngineer, MixingEngineer - Jens Bogren, Engineer, MasteringEngineer, CoProducer - Thomas Eberger, MasteringEngineer - Jens Borgen, Producer, MixingEngineer - Martin Lopez, Producer, Drums, Engineer, Percussion, MasteringEngineer, MixingEngineer - Rickard Bengtsson, Audio Recording Engineer - Niklas Källgren, Audio Recording Engineer - Martin Mendez, Producer, Engineer, Bass Guitar, MasteringEngineer, MixingEngineer - Ander Alexandersson, Audio Recording Engineer
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Opeth, MainArtist - Mikael Akerfeldt, Producer, Engineer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MasteringEngineer, MixingEngineer, Additional Mellotron - Peter Lindgren, Producer, Engineer, Guitar, MasteringEngineer, MixingEngineer - Per Wiberg, Producer, Engineer, Hammond Organ, Piano, Synthesizer, Mellotron, MasteringEngineer, MixingEngineer - Jens Bogren, Engineer, MasteringEngineer, CoProducer - Thomas Eberger, MasteringEngineer - Jens Borgen, Producer, MixingEngineer - Martin Lopez, Producer, Drums, Engineer, Percussion, MasteringEngineer, MixingEngineer - Rickard Bengtsson, Audio Recording Engineer - Niklas Källgren, Audio Recording Engineer - Martin Mendez, Producer, Engineer, Bass Guitar, MasteringEngineer, MixingEngineer - Per Viberg, Writer - Ander Alexandersson, Audio Recording Engineer
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- Total length: 01:06:46
- Label: Roadrunner Records
- Genre: Pop/Rock Rock
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Reverie/Harlequin Forest Lyrics as written by Mikael Lars Akerfeldt
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Whenever I hear it, I think about the Forest of Suicides from Dante's Inferno.
(from Wikipedia) In this ring are the suicides, who are transformed into gnarled thorny bushes and trees. They are torn at by the Harpies. Unique among the dead, the suicides will not be bodily resurrected after the final judgment, having given their bodies away through suicide. Instead they will maintain their bushy form, with their own corpses hanging from the limbs... "They are the trees, rotten pulp inside and never well, roots sucking, thieving from my source, tired boughs reaching for the light
It is all false pretension, Harlequin forest, awaiting redemption for a lifetime as they die alone with no one by their side, are they forgiven?"
...The other residents of this ring are the profligates, who destroyed their lives by destroying the means by which life is sustained (i.e. money and property). They are perpetually chased by ferocious dogs through the thorny undergrowth. (Canto XIII) "Into the trees, past meadow grounds, and further away from my home. Baying behind me I hear the hounds, flock's chasing to find me alone."
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Yes, the similarities are striking and I do think you are right.<br /> <br /> What I wonder about is the end, why did he burn the woods and what does it mean?
@apolyonn Interesting take, and sounds like at the very least a definite source of inspiration. Thanks for sharing that!
harlequin comes word from Old French word Hellequin; a demon.. so that supports the theory that it is the protagonist being chased through the forest by demons/ satan whatever
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Mike uses the word Harlequin as both the meaning that rude_ridims describes and as a joker. He sees the trees as idividuals with independent thought. The character portrayed throughout the Ghost Reveries record is suffering from dillusions for many reasons. Particularly because he is in a state of panic since he's been charged with murder.
The trees have faces to him. The devil is basically contacting the character through them to persuade him to cause an increasing amount of self-loathing as a pathway to other hatred, whether it be on himself or other entities.
This song is heavenly good.
Is it about being an outcast? I'm never right about these things.
OK now I am convinced it is about being stuck in limbo and then finally ending up in hell.
If I am right about this then this song is brutal.
i think being a part of the whole concept or theme, that this song is about the people of his town chasing him away, he has the hounds attacking him, but he escapes, but not with out being injured
i think later on, hes urged to kill, again, or to kill himself, but im pretty sure that its someone else, maybe the person that sent him to exile
then he goes back to the town and burns it
im more than likley wrong, im just the first to offer and explination for this song
i think drapery got it close....im not sure if the hounds are the villages or satans....i think theyre satans but it looks like he is killing more here, but i think the burning is the forest
This is the narrator trying to escape from not only satan, but the wrong doings he has done himself. It also goes in to the characters beliefs of other people..
It seems no one has taken into account the name of the song. Reverie/Harlequin Forest. No one is taking it in a literal sense. You're all probably right about a guy being exiled from his home, but I think that the guy was exiled to a "haunted" forest around his home. And Reverie, to my knowledge anyway, means a good dream, or a soothing dream of some sort.
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