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7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 36 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 36
  2. Negative: 4 out of 36
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  1. Sep 30, 2016
    9
    For years Opeth was a leading Scandinavian Black Metal band with Prog leanings and growly vocals. So it’s simply amazing how their last three albums pass the Grandma test; meaning I can play them at Christmas and Gram Gram will think it’s pleasant background music. Regardless of their evolution, Opeth always retain a few cornerstones in their music, virtuosity being first and foremost.For years Opeth was a leading Scandinavian Black Metal band with Prog leanings and growly vocals. So it’s simply amazing how their last three albums pass the Grandma test; meaning I can play them at Christmas and Gram Gram will think it’s pleasant background music. Regardless of their evolution, Opeth always retain a few cornerstones in their music, virtuosity being first and foremost. This is their third album of pure Prog Rock for now people. Each one chasing slightly different ways to update 70s Prog. Sorcerer is sometimes a study in Prog/Fusion coupled with Crimson style soft ballads. The Prog/Fusion here is so powerful that it makes you wish they’d just dropped the soft walks through moonbeams altogether. Still, if you love Prog -- and it doesn’t have to be “Prog-Metal” -- you’ll love this album. Expand
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81

Universal acclaim - based on 10 Critic Reviews

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  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. The Wire
    Nov 8, 2016
    80
    Diehard metalheads will continue to grumble, but Opeth are never going back to their old sound, and with Sorceress they’ve proved the wisdom of their choice. [Oct 2016, p.57]
  2. Magnet
    Oct 18, 2016
    70
    The title track suggests maybe they've found a perfect merging of the '70s and the heavies, as it shifts from funky shuffle to skulking stomp. The rest is still King Crimson than King Diamond, but that's not a bad thing. [No. 136, p.61]
  3. Oct 10, 2016
    67
    Opeth have gotten better at self-editing with Sorceress; still, their jammier tendencies fail them in the album’s lackadaisical middle, showing they may just be a little too cool.