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Opeth - Deliverance CD (album) cover




Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

3.76 | 875 ratings

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5 stars Special deliverance...

The Good: Six tracks. The one with the nefarious lyrics. The one with the apocalyptic breakdown. The one with the malevolent outro. The hauntingly beautiful instrumental. The one with the celestial chorus. And the one with the soul-penetrating silence.

When you think of Opeth the likes of Still Life and Blackwater Park instantly spring to mind, but I've always had a penchant for Deliverance. It was originally planned as a double album along with Damnation, but they were eventually released five months apart. As Deliverance is one of their heaviest releases and its successor a much mellower affair, the respective titles almost feel ironic. Once again Steven Wilson handled the engineering and provided backing vocals and guitar, along with some really subtle, but intensely atmospheric keyboard passages.

The album feels likes a journey through a dark and despairing landscape, but with beacons of hope along the way. These pivotal moments are absolutely fundamental to the progression of the songs and without them a lot of Opeth's music could become quite monotonous. Deliverance provides a perfect balance between these brutal riffs and intricate interludes whilst still flowing effortlessly, and gets more and more rewarding with ever listen.

The Bad: The penultimate track is a bit of a slow burner.

The Verdict: Quintessential Death Metal.

Starhammer | 5/5 |


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