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DAMNATION

Opeth

 

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

3.92 | 968 ratings

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voliveira
4 stars 8/10

You have no idea how happy I am by the absence of growls here.

It's hard for me to try to enter the world of Opeth. My only experience had been with the band was Blackwater Park and was not a very nice thing. In my opinion these guys had a lot of quality, but everything was thrown in the trash with the bloody growls, which I think are the worst music ever created (after a few musical styles). But I received a advice of reviewer Epignosis to try Damnation, since it was one of two albums from the discography of the band that had no growls - the other being the recent Heritage.

Well ... Thank Epignosis!

Damnation was intended to be released as part of a double album - the other part being Deliverance, released a year earlier - but the idea did not work and they were released as separate albums. Oh man, how different they are! While Deliverance is one of the darkest albums the band has done Damnation is a unique piece of musical beauty that needs to be heard and recognized!

(Obs.:Is it just me or the titles of these albums are opposed to the sound they have?)

I really like what is found here. Any sense of peace, lightness and softness of music that I knew the band could give me songs are found in high caliber as the opening Windowpane, To Rid the Disease and instrumental Ending Credits(my favorite songs on this album).

Somehow I feel that this has to do with the presence of Steven Wilson. As the experience with Opeth helped bring a heavier sound to Porcupine Tree, their work in production and use of mellotrons and piano for its part contributes to the tranquil and quiet atmosphere that Damnation offers.

4 stars!

voliveira | 4/5 |

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