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BLACKWATER PARK

Opeth

 

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

4.26 | 1078 ratings

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Prog Leviathan
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5 stars In a word-- phenomenal. "Blackwater Park" shatters expectations and raises the bar for the genre very, very high with its complex/dynamic songwriting and incredible instrumental passages. Opeth's performance here will please metal fans by default, and very likely lure fans from outside the circle as well.

From the explosive beginning through to its eerie conclusion, this album exhibits a new level of class and perfection for the band; they have a precise, focused sound which outshines previous albums and weaves some genuinely memorable moments. The juxtaposition of heavy/soft is more prevalent here than ever before, with the dexterous interchange of heavy melodies and acoustic atmosphere balancing perfectly. As one of the major appeals of the band (for me anyway), I couldn't enjoy these dynamics more. Steven Wilson's contributions add a nice touch as well.

An essential work and amazing example of musicianship.

Songwriting: 5 Instrumental Performances: 5 Lyrics/Vocals: 4 Style/Emotion/Replay: 5

Prog Leviathan | 5/5 |

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