Kerrang (Magazine) - p.57
"[T]he record is steeped in a grandeur that makes for an entrancing listening experience."
Opeth: Per Wiberg (piano, keyboards); Martín Mendez (bass instrument); Mikael ?kerfeldt, Peter Lindgren, Martin Lopez.
Personnel: Mikael ?kerfeldt (vocals, guitar, Mellotron); Peter Lindgren (guitar); Per Wiberg (grand piano, electric piano, organ, Mellotron); Martín Mendez (bass guitar); Martin Lopez (drums, percussion).
Audio Mixer: Jens Bogren.
Recording information: Fascination Street Studios, Orebro, Sweden (03/15/2005-06/01/2005).
Illustrator: Travis Smith .
New label, new band member, same brilliant Opeth. The most obvious change from their previous two releases, DELIVERANCE (2002) and DAMNATION (2003), is the permanent addition of previous touring keyboard player Per Wiberg. His organ work, specifically, creates new textures only hinted at on previous releases. While many of Opeth's peers have opted to phase out their death-metal vocals entirely, Mikael Akerfeldt continues to alternate his always-improving clean vocals with his traditional growls. The result is the band's most varied and fully realized album to date.