Music Review: Opeth’s latest Will O the Wisp is great, promises a diverse Sorceress album

Swedish progressive metal rockers Opeth have released their second official video ‘Will O The Wisp’ from their upcoming (30 Sep 2016 release date) album Sorceress. This is the band’s twelfth album and in my review of their first song, the title track, Sorceress, i wasn’t too impressed. I then compared it to sounding like Type O Negative. Well, there’s no harm in sounding like Type O Negative, who had their distinct (Gothic/Doom) style and weren’t as well-known.

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Will O The Wisp promises a diverse Sorceress

Opeth’s latest single Will of the Wisp is straight from the Opeth melody basket. It belongs to the same genre as some of their  classics – Burden, In my time of need, To rid the disease and more. Opeth, over their twenty-six year career, have primarily played two genres – progressive rock and death metal – keeping both sets of fans on divided opinion on what Opeth should play. With Sorceress title track they have entered into another genre – Gothic/Doom metal. What this promises, for the album Sorceress, is, at the least it will be a diverse album.You can expect some growl metal (will test vocalist Mikael’s voice for sure), more melody and some classic stuff too. My hunch is their third video release, if it happens before their album release, will be a hard on the knuckle metal stuff. That would keep all sets of fans eagerly awaiting to lay hands on ‘Sorceress’ album.

Watch Opeth’s latest release video (with lyrics) Will O the Wisp

Will O the Wisp is great melody track

The song is heavy on lyrics (unlike many Opeth, and their key influence, Steven Wilson simillar tracks) and talks of a person who has little or lost patience and on verge of collapse. It addresses to someone who is ‘stuck to failures, sorrows; tired of waiting and hating; has trouble admitting has been wrong all along life; and soon will be forgotten’.

While the low-cost video (shows stout trees, swinging twigs, flourishing flowers, fluttering leaves and still water) portrays the meaning of wisp ie little things of life (dictionary meaning of wisp is small thin twisted bunch hay or straw); the thought behind the video could be a person, so much down and out in life, may as well reflect back and spend time with the smaller things of life – nature. it’s the will of the smaller things (wisp). The band had spent two weeks recording this album at the countryside, possibly this video is made of shots from those serene, laid back and inspiring surroundings.

The mood of the song is sombre, as expected; the first two minutes are wordy but the last-half of the song, specially from 3:10, peaks when the Mikael Akerfldt and his acoustic guitar takes off to another level. Hear the song three times and the second half, THAT guitar solo, stays longer in the mind. All in all, not a classic, but a great song with unforgettable riffs.

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Lyrics

[Verse]
When you’re tired of waiting
And time is not on your side
When you’re tired of hating me
You no longer want to hide[Pre-Chorus]
You’re stuck to the failures of your life
Marred with the sorrows of your strife

[Chorus]
And time it waits for no one
It heals them when you die
And soon you are forgotten
A whisper within a sigh

[Verse]
When there’s trouble admitting
That you have been wrong all along
When the words you have written down
Reads “Everything is gone”

[Pre-Chorus]
You’re stuck to the failures of your life
Marred with the sorrows of your strife

[Chorus 2x]
And time it waits for no one
It heals them when you die
And soon you are forgotten
A whisper within a sigh

[Verse]
When you smother your friendships
And take much more than you need
When you can’t keep a secret to yourself
And points to the source of the deed

[Outro]
You’re stuck to the failures of your life
Marred with the sorrows of your strife
And you can never find your satisfaction
When you can’t outgrow your false distractions
You know your soul is weighed on the silver scale
Of deceit and lies

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