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Ghost Reveries is the eighth full-length studio album release of progressive death metal band Opeth. It is their first album with their new record label, Roadrunner Records.
It is also the first album by Opeth to include Per Wiberg as a "permanent" member, although Wiberg contributed keyboard work to Opeth's live performances starting around the time of Deliverance. As well, this is the last album by the band featuring long-time guitarist Peter Lindgren and drummer Martin Lopez.
Ghost Reveries was recorded at Fascination Street Studios, which are located in Örebro, Sweden. The album's artwork is by Travis Smith, who has contributed artwork to Opeth's previous releases. Ghost Reveries was released in Europe on August 29, 2005 and in North America on August 30, 2005 and peaked on the Billboard 200 at number 64. The album was also ranked number 54 on the October 2006 issue of Guitar World magazine's list of the greatest 100 guitar albums of all time.
Ghost Reveries was initially intended to be a concept album, with numerous tracks linking together a story of a man's turmoil after killing his own mother. However, Mikael Åkerfeldt claims he wanted the track "Isolation Years" on the album despite its irrelevance to the plot. Thus, the album only partly portrays a concept, not fully arranged in the poetic manner as previous releases such as Still Life and My Arms, Your Hearse.
All songs written by Mikael Åkerfeldt. Tracks 3 and 7, co-written by Per Wiberg.
"Ghost of Perdition" – 10:29
"The Baying of the Hounds" – 10:41
"Beneath the Mire" – 7:57
"Atonement" – 6:28
"Reverie/Harlequin Forest" – 11:41
"Hours of Wealth" – 5:20
"The Grand Conjuration" – 10:21
"Isolation Years" – 3:51