VOW (6/4/2012): Opeth – The Devil’s Orchard

This week, I’m highlighting Opeth’s video for “The Devil’s Orchard”, from their 2011 album “Heritage”. What can I say? The creators of this video achieved that perfect combination of music and film.

Let me take a moment to explain. If I heard this song first, without seeing the video, I probably wouldn’t have liked it as much. Opeth made quite a departure from their old death-prog sound to a new straightforward, progressive sound – with clean vocals. It’s still great music, but the new sound really isn’t my cup of tea.

However, my initial exposure to the song was when I watched the video… and I instantly loved the music. In this case, the video actually makes the song better and I believe that goes for the video too. On its own, the video would be good, but the music makes it great. In a nutshell, the video makes the song better and the song makes the video better, or – for you Gestaltists out there – the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

I will even go as far to say that this is one of the best music videos that I have ever seen. It has a lot of dark psychedelic imagery that is reminiscent of 1970s, European occult films. Also, the music is very much in the style of 1970s prog, so its a perfect fit. Click the link below, sit back, enjoy, and slip into an altered state of consciousness – go ahead, you work hard and you deserve it!

Opeth video for “The Devil’s Orchard”

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