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BLACKWATER PARK

Opeth

 

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

4.25 | 1730 ratings

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Lofcaudio
4 stars This was my first taste of Opeth. To this day, I consider it the most representative of the vintage Opeth sound as it not only shows both the soft and dark sides of the band, but uses a nice mix of Akerfeldt's trademark vocals (growls and all). This is readily apparent with the first track ("The Leper Affinity") which comes out strong and then lulls you in a bit and then knocks you over again with the brutal force that Opeth does so well with its music. Opeth's uniqueness is its amazing contrasting style and the creative transitions that bridge these contrasts.

The second track is the aptly named "Bleak" which highlights the dark and hard side of Opeth. In true Opeth form, "Harvest" immediately follows which conversely highlights the soft side of Opeth as this track is almost entirely acoustic.

The fourth track is "The Drapery Falls" and is easily one of my favorite songs from this band. A great mix of singing and growling from Akerfeldt with some oustanding musical hooks really make this a standout track and a great song to introduce people to these Swedish rockers. The rest of the album continues along the same lines as each of the songs (except for the short instrumental "Patterns in the Ivy") takes the listener along an adventure of dark and light, harsh sounds and soothing sounds, for a satisfying experience no matter your mood.

I finally would like to point out that the cover art does a great job of conveying the mood/feeling expressed throughout the album. Blackwater Park is a great place to start for people wanting to be introduced to Opeth and an all-around excellent album.

Lofcaudio | 4/5 |

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