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Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

3.95 | 1111 ratings

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4 stars Getting high on louts...

Seven tracks. The one with the melodic duet. The one with the seismic chords. The one that starts like hmmm... The one with the dissonant outro. The one with the screaming guitar crescendo. The one with the screaming mellotron crescendo. And the one that you didn't really want to be seen with, but your mum told you 48 minutes isn't long enough for an album nowadays so you let it tag along anyway.

The Good: Watershed was my first exposure to the genius of Mikael Akerfeldt although I initially wasn't impressed. This was largely due to my previous aversion to death growls which did take some time to develop from general disdain to acceptance and finally appreciation. Since then it has become one of my favourite albums of 2008 and prompted a retrospective journey through the Opeth discography. With the exception of Deliverance and Damnation each successive release has gotten slightly less death metal and slightly more progressive. Watershed is no exception and marks a transistion stage for the band in terms of both style and lineup, with new guitarist Fredrik Akkeson and drummer Martin Axenrot.

The Bad: Lacks the power of previous outings.

The Verdict: Opeth continue to push creative boundaries.

Starhammer | 4/5 |


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