Opeth has all but given into being just a progressive band and in their wake, some fans are left scratching their heads. Their recent contribution to the ‘God of War’ soundtrack--one where most bands involved are releasing some of their heavier material --was lacking... to say the least.
So when the dust gets swept off and artists and fans have gone their ways, where will Opeth lay? And who will fill the void they left? In my humble opinion I believe most people who are fans of Opeth (especially the die-hards) will follow that band to the grave, even if it is with less intensity as before. I think fans looking for early Opeth-ish metal material can find it in Gwynbleidd, a New York band that stormed onto the scene in 2009 with the release of their debut album 'Nostalgia'. Gwynbleidd has been compared to Opeth up and down. Truth be told, the reason for this is because.....they really do sound like Opeth. That is not such a bad thing, especially right now with some fans feeling alienated from them and searching for something new.
So, If you like Opeth, give Gwynbleidd a try. To say they sound ‘exactly like Opeth’ or that they are ‘rip-offs’ would be a grave injustice to both of the extremely talented groups of musicians. Similar as they may be, both have their merits.