Playlist: Let’s Listen to OPETH Bonus Tracks

Opeth bonus tracks

Since their debut album Orchid back in 1995, Opeth have (almost always) been including bonus material on their studio albums. Over the course of time and twelve studio albums, the band has included 20 bonus tracks on their records: live renditions of their own material, original songs and covers.

In this article we made a shorter list of songs that the band included on their albums as bonus material.

Into the Frost of Winter from Orchid (1995)

Listen to song below and tell me if you would ever think that something like this could come out of Opeth if you are more into their Progressive Rock material?

Eternal Soul Torture from Morningrise (1996)

The same could be said for this one but if you expected Jethro Tull on early Opeth, this is not the right place to go to. However, Opeth’s progressive tendencies were clear right from the beginning.

Circle of the Tyrants from My Arms, Your Hearse (1998)

“Circle of the Tyrants” appeared as a bonus track on 1998′s My Arms, Your Hearse and is actually a cover of Celtic Frost’s song. Opeth, as well as Mikael Akerfeldt, have cited the Swiss band as one of the early influences.

Remember Tomorrow from My Arms, Your Hearse (1998)

Another bonus track from the 1998 album and another cover. The band covered Iron Maiden’s “Remember Tomorrow” from their 1980′s self-titled album. With this one Opeth showed that they are very capable of arranging other group’s music. Akerfeldt’s hinted that he will be experimenting more with clean vocals, which at that point were still a bit shaky.

Still Day Beneath the Sun from Blackwater Park (2001)

“Still Day…” is an author song appeared on the band’s highly acclaimed 2001 record Blackwater Park, which involved Steven Wilson in the production process for the first time. The song fits the overall mood of the original album, and features one of the best lyrics Akerfeldt ever penned:

“There is a light that hits the gloom around
Shows the footprints round this grave
Dried up roses scattered on the mound
Honouring the one engraved”

Patterns in the Ivy II from Blackwater Park (2001)

In the similar fashion as “Still Day Beneath the Sun,” “Patterns in the Ivy II” follows on the mood of the previous songs off of the album. The first part of the song is an instrumental in full, and is placed on the regular edition of the album.

Soldier of Fortune from Ghost Reveries (2005)

This Deep Purple classic was brought forward on Opeth‘s 2005 excellent Ghost Reveries. Akerfeldt’s clean voice dominates the song, making for a powerful execution.

Mellotron Heart from Watershed (2008)

This is an alternate version of the song “Porcelain Heart” that originally appears on 2008′s Watershed. As its name suggest, this version is fully performed on Mellotron mini-Moog synthesizers.

Derelict Herds from Watershed (2008)

“Derelict Herds” is a song from the bonus disc of the Watershed album. The composition, its dynamic and the band’s performance make it one of the best Opeth songs the band ever recorded. Hierarchically, it’s also the “last” song that features growl vocals by Mikael Akerfeldt.

Bridge of Sighs from Watershed (2008)

This Opeth’s version of 1974′s Robin Trower’s song, taken from the album of the same name, pays tribute to one of Akerfeldt’s influences. “Easy-going” instrumentation and Mikael’s voice make for a very enjoyable experience.

Den Ständiga Resan from Watershed (2008)

A perfect cover of a pop song by Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson. It’s good hearing Mikael singing in his native language.

Pyre from Heritage (2011)

After Watershed, Opeth turned down their Death Metal influence for the first time, the path the band pursued on the coming releases. “Pyre” is one of the bonus songs taken from their 2011 release Heritage, with Folk Rock influences.

Face in the Snow from Heritage (2011)

Another “outtake” from Heritage, “Face in the Snow” feels as a track off of the Damnation album, and that’s something that Mikael even confirmed. It comes with a beautiful melody – hear it below.

Var Kommer Barnen In from Pale Communion (2014)

This is a live rendition of the Hansson de Wolfe United‘s song recorded at the Stockholm Sodra Teatern in 2012. A beautiful song which originally appears on the 1981 album Existens Maximum of the mentioned Swedish band.

The Ward from Sorceress (2016)

This bonus track from the Opeth’s last record stands on a thin line between Jazz Fusion and Folk. I have a strange feeling of this one being the least Opeth song, but that makes it even more appealing.

Spring MCMLXXIV from Sorceress (2016)

In the interview we did with Mikael he said about the bonus tracks on Sorceress, “We had a little bit more fun with them, so to speak. They became a bit more experimental and it didn’t matter so much what style they were. I wrote the first one, which was a little bit of, you know, glancing over to jazz music and a Uriah Heep type of chorus, and it became much better than I anticipated, to be honest. And “Spring MCMLXXIV” — that’s correct I was born in April 1974 — that was just a title I threw in there, because I couldn’t come up with anything better. [laughs] The lyrics don’t really deal with anything, but sound of the song — it sounds like driving a car in the 70’s. So it sounded like it was a fitting title because of that. So that’s why I ended up naming the song “Spring MCMLXXIV.

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