Joined: Aug. 2011
||Posted: Oct. 15 2011, 02:05
Hey there, Mike fans!
Tubular Bells is my favourite album, but I wouldn't say Mike is my favourite artist. That would definitely go to Mikael Akerfeldt and his music for Opeth.
I posted this on the Opeth forum under the thread title "Opeth in the style of Oldfield":
|I posted this in another thread, and I want to expand on it with an idea that I feel deserves its own thread:|
|I love them all, but For Absent Friends has something very special about it. It's so amazingly relaxing and emotional. I once put it on repeat for an hour straight, and by the end (I did not get sick of it one bit), I was feeling very inspired. It really does conjure up its own unique world, separate from the rest of Opeth, and it's simply amazing.|
I think that's the one side of Opeth we haven't seen enough of. We have an abundance of metal Opeth (every album except Damnation and Heritage), acoustic Opeth (Damnation, To Bid You Farewell, Harvest, Hours Of Wealth) and prog Opeth (Atonement, The Lotus Eater, The Devil's Orchard), but instrumental, percussion-free Opeth, such as Requiem, Silhouette, For Absent Friends and Patterns In The Ivy, remains grossly under-represented.
Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells is my favourite album, largely in part because of the way it is structured and the way that it flows. Most Opeth songs, particularly on Orchid and Morningrise, are like that, but the sounds Mikael creates are more interesting and evocative than Oldfield's. If Mikael were to write an Opeth symphony, in the same way that Tubular Bells is a rock symphony, as an entirely instrumental, album-length conceptual piece, half-devoid of drums, I would be in absolute musical heaven, and we'd have the greatest album of all time on our hands.
And I got a very tepid response. The metalheads on there either didn't understand what I was talking about, didn't care, or ignored it completely because they want double bass and "rockin metal riff's yyyyeaaahhhhhhh".
So I decided to post it here and get what I assume will be a much more level-headed and rational response.
I don't know how many of you are familiar with Opeth, but have a listen to some of the tracks I mentioned in my original post and get back to me with your thoughts.