If Opeth had released only this album they’d still be one of the best bands around(maybe even better…). I’m just going to say that this album goes just beyond anything this band has ever released and I really don’t think they’ll ever top this one (this is maybe the reason that I judge them so hard). Musicaly this album has it all. Very long songs which build around compositions which seem to have their basis on death metal but also include acoustic guitars, folk parts at some parts and the occasional clean vocals by singer Mikael Akerfeldt who has one of the best voices around, be it clean or brutal vocals. One of the highlights of this album is without doubt the 20 minute opus “Black Rose Immortal” which is one of their best songs. It’s very hard to find a weak moment on this album which makes me believe there isn’t any. Highest ever possible Opeth recommendation.