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Featured on the special edition of their 2008 album Watershed, Swedish metal band Opeth’s cover of Robin Trower’s “Bridge of Sighs” is one of the genre’s best kept secrets, bridging the gap between the blues rock that defined Trower’s sound and Opeth’s own progressive death metal. Slow, moody, and a gorgeous showcase of the classic rock elements that come through in Opeth’s music, “Bridge of Sighs” finds the Stockholm natives delivering a final product that proves to be a tasteful, faithful homage to the original; where others would have taken creative liberties with the 1974 track, Opeth kept to the original idea, sound, and feel of the song.
What, Exactly, Is A “Bridge Of Sighs”?
Robin Trower says that he had had the first line of the song for years and then one day, after seeing some sport pages which listed a racehorse called Bridge of Sighs thought that would be a great title.
Singer Mikael Åkerfeldt brings the perfect amount of honey and grit to the table, knowing exactly when to push, when to pull, and when to stand still and let his bandmates and their instruments do the talking.
While it’s a little heavier, we love the way Opeth breathe new life into songs we’ve heard a million times and find new ways to make it feel like hearing them for the first time all over again, and their take on “Bridge of Sighs” is no different. Check it out in the audio below and as always, let us know what you think!