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BLACKWATER PARK

Opeth

 

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

4.21 | 1805 ratings

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prog_traveller!!
5 stars There are albums that, in addition to being exceptional in themselves, represent a keystone within the history of a group if not even a musical genre. Blackwater Park is one of them. It is not my intention to try to define the musical genre proposed by Opeth; it would be a slavish, useless operation and would occupy space unnecessarily. The progressive-death metal approximation as a whole is probably the most appropriate, but the most important aspect of Blackwater Park is the expression and synthesis of all the musical aspects that have made the Stockholm group's offer famous.

The cunnubia of death metal sounds, the unpredictability and lightness of progressive and a jumble of other more or less accentuated influences, together with the creativity that allowed the Swedes to write acoustic and very melodic songs as heavy and "angry" songs, in addition to the ability of singer / guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt to perform growl like clean parts with exceptional skill, which in fact make Opeth so loved and followed, all these peculiarities are found in this album.

Halfway between the concept Still Life, less gloomy and dark, and Deliverance (twin of the later Damnation), cruder and heavier, Blackwater Park is at the center of Opeth's production, representing the accomplished artistic maturity of artists and musicians who are already very complete. . There are no fillers on this album, each song is a precious gem. It is worth noting the way in which Mikael Åkerfeldt manages to blend the voice with the pieces, whether he uses the clean or the growl; even many non-death lovers recognize the skill and capacity of interpretation of the band leader to the point of appreciating the singing technique. The clean is equally exceptional and the guitarist's impalpable and almost ethereal voice slips between the notes, lulling the listener. It would be useless to analyze individually the songs of Blackwater Park which is an album, in all its compactness, to be listened to in one breath, to be dismembered and eaten over and over again. The likes of The Leper Affinity, Bleak, The Drapery Falls and the title track need no introduction. Suffice it to note their ability to create unique atmospheres, sensations, emotions. Sweetness, melancholy, darkness come together perfectly in this album where no notes, no pauses are out of place.

The band's fifth studio album, Blackwater Park has all it takes to become an international hit. Steven Wilson, leader of the well-known Porcupine Tree, also puts his beak into the excellent production that distinguishes the record; he induces Opeth to use a vocal effect, the telephone vocals, which he himself often uses, and even contributes to the songs Bleak and The Drapery Falls as a second voice. The evocative artwork of the album is once again curated by the well-known illustrator Travis Smith, already at work with an endless number of heavy metal bands. The wide- ranging distribution of Music for Nations did the rest, allowing for the first time Opeth to have the opportunity to make the great leap from the underground world to international consecration, which will arrive on time thanks to an incredible success with the public and music criticism.

prog_traveller!! | 5/5 |

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