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Jim Garten
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4 stars The inclusion of Opeth within this forum has probably been the cause of more debate than has any other band; to listen to a majority of their recorded output, one would never consider in your wildest dreams connecting the words 'Opeth' and 'Progressive'. There are hints to find, if you look hard enough - the final track of 'Morningrise' for example hinted at gentler leanings (like the first shaft ofsunlight after a violent storm), and if you check out the Opeth website, you can see their preferred listening is surprisingly progressive, and they all seem to worship Camel as Gods...... (no, Camel the BAND - they do not worship dromedaries!).

'Damnation' was recorded at the same time as 'Deliverance' - one of their most brutal albums to date, but released a year later; it is difficult to believe this is the same band, and get a real sense of four musicians stretching their wings (hopefully, not for the last time). With Damnation, what you get is a sweeping album of beautifully layered, classic 1970's progressive rock, and despite the occasionally repetitive song formats, and one very obvious nod to Led Zeppelin (play the final track 'weakness' back to back with 'no quarter', and you'll see what I mean) you will find yourself going back for more time after time.

Although the four regular members of Opeth play their parts to perfection (Akerfeldt's vocals especially deserve recognition), part of the success of this album has to lie at the feet of Porcupine Tree's Steve Wilson, bringing the crispness of PT production to Opeth exactly when they need it most, together with restrained, yet highly effective Mellotron/piano work. I can honestly say that since I bought this album, it has become one of the most played in the household, and went instantly into my top 10 of all time.

Jim Garten | 4/5 |


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