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Morningrise is the second studio album by Swedish progressive metal/rock band Opeth. It was released on 24 June 1996 in Europe by Candlelight Records and on 24 June 1997 in the United States by Century Black. The recording sessions took place at Unisound studio, in Örebro, during March and April 1996, and once more the band used producer Dan Swanö. Morningrise was the last Opeth album produced by Swanö. It was also the last Opeth release with drummer Anders Nordin and bassist Johan De Farfalla.
Morningrise showcases Opeth’s signature style, exploring the dynamics between the combination of black metal and death metal vocals, and guitar parts with lighter progressive and acoustic elements.
Who is Opeth? Opeth is a Swedish band which could be described as a progressive metal, death metal, band prog rock band but this description wouldn’t really do any justice to the special kind of music that they play: their music transcends categorization. For they blend elements from 70’s progressive rock with elements from the 80’s traditional heavy rock, jazz, classical music (mainly from the Baroque era), and 90’s death and black metal.
Their compositions are usually very long (for example, every track from the “Morningrise” album is above the 10 minute mark, with one song even clocking in at over 20 minutes), and they usually let the listener experience many mood changes, in what could be described as true “journeys” of many discoveries.
While their newer material is extremely polarizing, you can’t go wrong with Opeth’s back catalogue of brilliant song writing.