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Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

4.21 | 1805 ratings

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5 stars Continuing on from the amazing sound and songs of Still Life, Blackwater Park was another breathe of fresh air in the progressive metal world.

Even though I prefer Still Life, this album almost matches it. With amazing songs, the catchiest Opeth moments ever, great communication and an amazing producer (Steven Wilson, not tied up by Tim Bowness when he made this).

Since Steven produced this album, there are faint echos of Porcupine Tree and No-Man within the album. He also plays piano and provides some amazing harmonies on the album.

1. The Leper Affinty - A perfect song really. The amazing growls, the cathcy clean vocals, the amazingly played acoustic parts. It's one of the best songs they have ever made. The song has a lot of dramaitcism, and Steven's piano part at the end is both scary and beautiful. Sounds like an unconcurable paradox. It's not. Listen to it now.

2. Bleak - In my opinion, one of their cathciest songs ever. With added Porcupine Tree like harmonies and melodies, this is another favourite of mine. The chorus is also incredibly cathcy.

3. Harvest - The best ballad they ever made. This song is so amazing, the weird blues solos, the beautiful sombre acoustic passages, the layered vocals from Mikael & Steven. Simply amazing.

4. The Drapery Falls - One of their most atomspheric pieces. A head spurn of a song. It was also released as a single, due to the fact, it is quite cathcy and very rememberable.

5. Dirge For November - This song reminds me of one of the shorter songs from Ghost Reveries. It is more to do with atomosphere, so the song does take a lot of dramatic twists and turns. Very doom influenced and very amazing.

6. The Funeral Portrait - This reminds me of one of the songs off of Morningrise. It is quite jazz influenced and there is alot of doom influences as well. Classic Opeth really.

7. Patterns In The Ivy - A brief interlude, really.

8. Blackwayer Park - The only Opeth song that has no clean vocals I think. The lack of vocals melodie is replaced with great musicianship though. Very enjoyable and very amazing.

CONCLUSION: After you have bought Still Life, then buy this album. You will then think that they are one of the best bands in the world, like I was 2 years ago.

arcane-beautiful | 5/5 |


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