Hear a Nine-Cello Arrangement of Opeth’s ‘Harvest’
The parallels between heavy metal and classical styled music are seemingly endless. So many metal musicians have studied the works of master composers and the daring acrobatics of the world's most renowned symphonies and others just write great music regardless. What's most interesting is when metal songs are classically reinterpreted like what's been done here on nine cellos with Opeth's Blackwater Park track "Harvest."
The original song itself is not too distant from the moods presented here with gentle acoustic strumming and lush melodies already in abundance. The cellos strip this away along the soothing vocals in favor of the sublime sliding of the bow and are emotive enough that the thought of a voice interrupting this beauty doesn't even enter the mind.
Arranged entirely by Raphael Weinroth-Browne, the cellist is seated in the woods, entirely surrounded by greenery that suits the cover perfectly over the course of its seven plus minutes, extending the lifespan of the original cut.
Opeth released their 12th studio effort, Sorceress, late last month. The album once again wades in more traditional progressive territories, still keeping off the more metallic path as they have been since Heritage.
Speaking about the album, mainman Mikael Akerfeldt said, “I find that once again we’ve taken a step forward. Or sideways, Or backwards. Somewhere!? It’s different! It’s extremely diverse. And if I may say so myself, extremely good. I feel the right to say that since I like to think I know this band better than anyone on the planet. Also, I always manage to detach myself from the record and listen as a fan. It’s a fine little record. My favorite in our discography right now. Of course. That’s how it should be, right? It’s both fresh and old, both progressive and rehashed. Heavy and calm. Just the way we like it."
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