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Tech/Extreme Prog Metal • Sweden


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Founded in Stockholm, Sweden in 1990

Yes, some people would consider OPETH to be a pure (melodic) Death Metal band but you have to differentiate a lot. The four guys from Stockholm/Sweden feature a lot of different elements on their albums. We have the aggressive death metal with Mikael's growls (which are not generated with help of a computer, it's actually his voice) with lots of breaks, mostly acoustic including Mikael's clear voice. Mr. Åkerfeldt himself always underestimates his clear voice and often points out that he is a novice regarding this kind of singing. But that's not true, false modesty is the term here. His clear voice is warm and simply beautiful. The whole music is guitar orientated, on the one hand we have great riffing for aggressive parts, awesome melodic solos and on the other hand acoustic breaks with admirable melodies with some Scandinavian folk influences here and there and of course Mikael's clear vocals. Sometimes you even get some PINK FLOYD or PORCUPINE TREE like parts or whole songs.

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Sure, the band started out as a pure Death Metal combo regarding to their first release" "Orchid" but from their second release on the prog elements got more and more. The second album "Morningrise" for example features a pure Prog song with PINK FLOYD like parts as well as epic song lengths. Mikael Åkerfeldt who also is the indispensable head of the band, often mentions that he is a proghead and mostly likes bands like CAMEL and PORCUPINE TREE. No doubt, you can hear those influences on albums like "Still Life" and "Blackwater Park" but their highlight regarding to pure Prog for sure is their 2003 release "Damnation" which features an entire album in the style of PORCUPINE TREE. Not really astonishing regarding the fact that Steven Wilson of PORCUPINE TREE is a good friend of Mikael and Peter and even worked together with the band for their double release "Damnation" and "Deliverance". Steven Wilson also produced their album "Blackwater Park" which is regarded as their best work so far, not only by death metal fans but also by many others normally disliking death metal growls (like me). "Damnation" for sure is the album most of...
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OPETH top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.26 | 696 ratings
Orchid
1995
3.72 | 791 ratings
Morningrise
1996
3.94 | 811 ratings
My Arms, Your Hearse
1998
4.29 | 1715 ratings
Still Life
1999
4.24 | 1786 ratings
Blackwater Park
2001
3.78 | 993 ratings
Deliverance
2002
3.98 | 1359 ratings
Damnation
2003
4.24 | 1669 ratings
Ghost Reveries
2005
3.99 | 1231 ratings
Watershed
2008
3.81 | 1318 ratings
Heritage
2011
4.13 | 1184 ratings
Pale Communion
2014
3.66 | 530 ratings
Sorceress
2016
4.07 | 433 ratings
In Cauda Venenum
2019

OPETH Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.11 | 122 ratings
Lamentations: Live at Shepherd Bush Empire 2003
2006
4.09 | 213 ratings
The Roundhouse Tapes
2007
3.40 | 5 ratings
The Devil's Orchard (Live At Rock Hard Festival 2009)
2011
4.38 | 8 ratings
Lamentations Live At Shepherd's Bush Empire
2016
4.23 | 37 ratings
Garden of the Titans: Live at Red Rocks Amphitheatre
2018

OPETH Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.05 | 224 ratings
Lamentations: Live at Shepherd's Bush
2003
4.10 | 159 ratings
The Roundhouse Tapes
2008
4.66 | 253 ratings
In Live Concert At The Royal Albert Hall
2010
4.29 | 21 ratings
Live at Enmore Theatre Sidney Australia
2011

OPETH Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.56 | 44 ratings
Limited Edition Box Set
2006
3.99 | 67 ratings
The Candlelight Years
2008
4.25 | 4 ratings
The Wooden Box
2009
2.50 | 2 ratings
The Collection
2014
4.06 | 13 ratings
Deliverance & Damnation
2015

OPETH Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

4.12 | 25 ratings
Apostle in Triumph
1994
4.53 | 49 ratings
The Drapery Falls
2001
4.09 | 37 ratings
Deliverance
2002
4.62 | 50 ratings
Still Day Beneath the Sun 7''
2003
3.17 | 28 ratings
Selections From Ghost Reveries
2005
3.31 | 45 ratings
The Grand Conjuration
2005
4.50 | 10 ratings
Ghost of Perdition
2006
3.02 | 25 ratings
Watershed - Radio Sampler
2008
3.67 | 48 ratings
Porcelain Heart
2008
3.61 | 52 ratings
Mellotron Heart
2008
3.84 | 67 ratings
Burden
2008
4.00 | 3 ratings
Dirge for November - Live
2010
2.88 | 8 ratings
Slither
2011
3.49 | 74 ratings
The Throat of Winter
2011
3.68 | 93 ratings
The Devil's Orchard
2011
3.83 | 12 ratings
Cusp of Eternity
2014
3.30 | 20 ratings
Sorceress
2016
3.07 | 15 ratings
Will o the Wisp
2016
3.07 | 14 ratings
The Wilde Flowers
2016
3.33 | 3 ratings
Book of Opeth
2016
3.27 | 6 ratings
Live in Plovdiv (split with Enslaved)
2017
4.00 | 5 ratings
Ghost of Perdition (Live)
2018
3.93 | 14 ratings
Hjärtat Vet Vad Handen Gör / Heart In Hand
2019
3.77 | 13 ratings
Svekets Prins
2019

OPETH Reviews


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 Ghost Reveries by OPETH album cover Studio Album, 2005
4.24 | 1669 ratings

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Ghost Reveries
Opeth Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Gorgut Muncher

3 stars Ghost Reveries kinda feels like a more diverse, less heavy Blackwater Park, and I blame that on the keyboards which make the whole album sound alot more cheesy. This album also sounds a lot like Dream Theater (a band I'm personally not very attracted to, most of the time) with its pompous riffs and keyboard solos. Surprisingly, even though the album isn't too unpredictable, there's still some amazing tracks in it.

The opener Ghost Of Perdition is probably the best song the band has ever made. It perfectly synthesizes what the album and Opeth are all about. Heavy riffs, mellow sections, Growl vocals, soft vocals, dark lyrics, all in one song. The Baying Of The Hounds and Harlequin Forest are very solid and diverse tracks, with the latter having a great acoustic section in the middle. Beneath The Mire and Grand Conjuration are good metal tracks, but they're on the worse side of the album, the latter being very repetitive and uninteresting. Hours Of Wealth and Isolation Years are great mellow ballads. Atonement is the worst from the album and honestly really bad.

I would still recommend it if you like growls, but I don't think this is one of Opeth's best releases.

 Blackwater Park by OPETH album cover Studio Album, 2001
4.24 | 1786 ratings

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Blackwater Park
Opeth Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Gorgut Muncher

4 stars One of my favorite Opeth releases. A truly ass-breaking experience that caught me off-guard when I first listened it. As always, Opeth utilizes its musical knowledge to make songs very different from each other, while also being dynamic. The three +10 minute tracks in the album are the three best songs in my opinion, with the title track being their second best song to date. Bleak is a very catchy and brutal track that works very well and Harvest works as a great ballad. Dirge For November and The Funeral Potrait are tracks that feature mellow and heavy sections, the main riff in Funeral Potrait is great! Influences in this album include Porcupine Tree And Dream Theater.

Works very well when doing full listens, I recommend you this album if you don't find growls to be annoying.

 Pale Communion by OPETH album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.13 | 1184 ratings

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Pale Communion
Opeth Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Gorgut Muncher

4 stars Pale Communion is probably the best Opeth album of the second era (their progressive rock era). Very consistent and with no weak tracks. Eternal Rains Will Come is an amazingly beautiful track with a wonderful chorus. Cusp Of Eternity has middle-east influences. Moon Above, Sun Below is one monster of a track! It has an amazing chorus and the ending is very beautiful. Goblin is a fun instrumental. Elysian Woes is kinda boring but still a nice break. River has an awesome instrumental section and a great beginning section. Voice Of Treason has a very suspenseful beginning, only to continue with a great chorus. Faith In Others has a beautiful main melody and closes the album very well. If you want to be introduced to Opeth's second era in the best way possible, you need to start with this one. Four Stars!
 Blackwater Park by OPETH album cover Studio Album, 2001
4.24 | 1786 ratings

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Blackwater Park
Opeth Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by King Brimstone

3 stars - Review #19 -

"OOOOOUUUUUGGGHHHHH"

After the excellent Still Life, Opeth released Blackwater Park, their heaviest (and most popular) album. Like I said, it's very heavy. So get ready to hear Mikael stub his toe and release agonizing screams in multiple points of the album. Surprisingly, Blackwater Park is actually one of my least favorite Opeth albums. I just can't seem to enjoy it as much as their other highly-regarded albums, like Still Life or Ghost Reveries. I know every song in this album, but because of separate listens, not full listens.

The Leper Affinity is actually one of the best songs by the band, so it's a very strong start to the album. The first four minutes to be more specific, are absolutely godly. Highly dynamic, melodic, brutal, and mellow all at once. After that it goes to a soft, The Moor-ish section, only to pick up steam again by reprising the beginning of the song.

After one of the most underrated songs by the band, we get *sigh*... One of the most overrated songs by the band. Bleak. Maybe I feel like I would like it more if it didn't repeat itself as much as it did, because the first three minutes are the exact same riff over and over again (a riff that, by the way, sounds a lot like the main riff in Dream Theater's "Home"). Eventually, around the three minute mark it enters a more melodic section where Steven Wilson does main vocals. It's such a bizarre combination since the instrumentation is really heavy but the vocals are soft and fragile. It confuses me.

Eventually we get to the ballad, Harvest. Repetitive, but it's meant to set you in a melancholic state so it's understandable. The main chorus and the verse are pretty basic, but they're good nonetheless.

Then we get to another incredibly overrated Opeth song, The Drapery Falls. Truly dark and mellow song, I can't deny that. The first six minutes really transport you into a hopeless world with their godly ambience. Unfortunately the chorus and everything after minute mark 6:00 isn't very memorable. The song ends with a repeated riff that doesn't add too much to the content of the song.

The next track, Dirge For November, is a bizarre one. Is it meant to be a ballad? No, it features growls. Is it meant to be a heavy track? Not really, most of the song is soft and without intention of being bone-breaking. So what is this track? It has a very beautiful beginning and the instrumentation behind the chorus is great, but for the first time I feel like the growls actually ruin the song. If it had clean vocals all the way through it would've been a great ballad.

Next up we get the most un-memorable track of the album, The Funeral Potrait. Was this made by Dream Theater? That main riff sounds taken straight out of Metropolis Pt. II. I don't care much about this track, but I must say that around the minute mark 6:50, Mikael and Steven sing a very good melody that ends up being the stand out of the song.

Before the title track, we get a small interlude called Patterns In The Ivy. It's... yeah it's pretty much an acoustic break for when you're doing full listens.

Finally, the album ends with the heaviest (and in my opinion, greatest) song the band has ever made, Blackwater Park. It's such a brutal and dark song that it ends the album in an incredibly high note. Some of the best riffs I've ever heard are in this song, and the last four minutes are sheer and absolute brutality. The ambience is perfect, the riffs are perfect, the growls are dark and actually very fitting to the track and lyrics... it's a perfect song for me. In fact if it wasn't because of this song I probably would've given this album two stars.

So in the end, my opinion is: Definitely a good and solid album with its stand-outs and shining moments, but the amount of un- memorable content is worryingly large. With that said, it's a three star album.

 Still Life by OPETH album cover Studio Album, 1999
4.29 | 1715 ratings

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Still Life
Opeth Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by King Brimstone

4 stars - Review #18 -

So it's pretty obvious that this was the album where Opeth's creativity blew up. Even though I love Morningrise, it doesn't sound too much like the Opeth we all know. My Arms Your Hearse would be the first with Opeth's trademark sound, even if I don't like it that much. Still Life follows the steps of its predecessor and goes one level higher. It features the melodic death metal aspects that Opeth would implement in the rest of their discography (or at least until Watershed).

Every single track works very well with or without the album, due to how dynamic and packed each of them are. Songs like The Moor, which showcase delightful melodies and crushing riffs with heavy growls, or Godhead's Lament, one of the heaviest Opeth songs to this date that somehow manages to be pretty calm around the middle, pretty much tell what this album's all about: A perfect balance between heaviness and mellowness.

Of course, there's also ballads that work as breaks from the heavy tracks before, Benighted and Face Of Melinda, the latter one being a truly beautiful eight minute melancholy storm. These heavy and soft tracks provide great balance within the album and make up for a fun listening experience.

Definitely one of my favorite Opeth albums, you should go check it out, although I can't say it's in my top 3. Four Stars.

 Lamentations: Live at Shepherd's Bush by OPETH album cover DVD/Video, 2003
4.05 | 224 ratings

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Lamentations: Live at Shepherd's Bush
Opeth Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by sgtpepper

5 stars Having recorded an album of mellow, dreamy tracks that could be marked as the most prog-friendly output at that time, it's welcome that the band took this concept to a live album created of one mellow and one heavy halfs. The band plays only the songs from the last three albums, which are also the most technical ones until "Ghost reveries" was released. The technical prowess can be explored in particular on tracks from the Deliverance album without lacking the brutality.

The band proves that they can downscale their intensity equally well and contribute to the intimate atmosphere as they can unleash the demon from the gin bottle. Highly recommended live album with the classic Opeth lineup behind their best albums.

 The Roundhouse Tapes by OPETH album cover DVD/Video, 2008
4.10 | 159 ratings

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The Roundhouse Tapes
Opeth Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by sgtpepper

4 stars The performance and selection of songs is well rounded with every Opeth album represented. Mikael still has a pretty decent growling vocal, well-controlled clean voice. Instrumentally, the band maintains high quality. Keyboards are present on each track even though they don't suit the music such as on Blackwater park. Kudos for playing less known songs such as "The night and the silent water" or "Under the wheeping moon". I like Mikael's sense of humour, the camera cuts and some minor colour effects in some songs. The only complaint is that the concert should have been longer with songs at 1:45 or so. If you want a more representative song selection, grab "Live at Royal Albert Hall" which clocks at almost 3 hours.
 Deliverance & Damnation by OPETH album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2015
4.06 | 13 ratings

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Deliverance & Damnation
Opeth Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by VianaProghead
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4 stars Review Nº 424

"Deliverance & Damnation" is a very special compilation album of Opeth released in 2015. It's an economic package that includes their sixth studio album "Deliverance", released in 2002, and their seventh studio album "Damnation", released in 2003, on a double CD. The band originally intended for "Deliverance" and "Damnation" to be released as a double album, but the record company eventually decided against this and released them separately, approximately five months apart from one to another in order to promote them properly. This is a very interesting compilation because it included the two albums at a very cheap price, what would be a very worth purchase. "Deliverance" and "Damnation" are two excellent albums of Opeth. The two albums contrast starkly with one another, purposely dividing the band's two most prevalent styles, as "Deliverance" is considered to be one of the band's heaviest albums, whereas "Damnation" experiments with a much mellower progressive rock influenced sound. Both albums are like two sides of the same coin.

As I've already reviewed these two albums previously on Progarchives, in a more extensive way, I'm not going to do it again. So, if you are interested to know, in more detail, what I wrote about them before, I invite you to read those my both reviews. However, in here I'm going to write something about them in a more short way. So, of course, I'm not going to analyze them track by track, as I made before, but I'm only going to make a global appreciation of both albums.

"Deliverance": "Deliverance" is, in my humble opinion and I'm not a specialist into this kind of music, a great heavy metal album. It's also one of the best progressive metal, atmospheric metal and art rock albums ever. Unfortunately, Opeth's "Deliverance" is an often maligned album in their musical discography for many reasons. But, it's still certainly a very strong musical work in its own right, with some incredible songs that have their very own place in the Opeth's musical catalogue. This is an album with many enjoyable riffs and guitar solos. As usual and always, Akerfeldt's clean vocals are a real joy to listen to over the chaotic guitar riffs. Lopez's drumming, that at some moments reminds me the great John Bonham, is absolutely amazing, constantly innovating and contributing to an already excellent final work. This album's production is also excellent. It's very polished, and has a crystal clear sound. I'd say that the production is actually one of the things I enjoyed most about this album. Death metal fans will surely enjoy this album a lot, really.

"Damnation": "Damnation" is a very special Opeth's album and represented, at the time, an exception into their musical career. It's one of the most beautiful albums made by the group. This is really a very good and enjoyable album. If you don't know Opeth yet, and like me, you dislike death metal growls, you must listen and buy "Damnation". In the first place, it's a very beautiful album and the most accessible of the group. In the second place, may be you start to be attracted by the band and you start to love the group, like me. So, "Damnation" may be your starting point with Opeth, and the beginning of a great love between you and them. Opeth has been able to so effectively and beautifully combine their love of 70's prog rock with their love of metal, that there really is no accurate genre label to dump them in. It's simply Opeth and "Damnation", it's simply a marvel. Opeth is undoubtedly one of the best prog groups in our days.

Here in this lovely box set, both albums are included in remastered form. It included also two DVDs, one of each album with spectacular 5.1 surround and stereo mixes, so you can play them through your home theater system and really take advantage of hearing both the way they were meant to sound. The creepy black and white artwork that will show up on your TV screen while you play these in your Blu-ray or DVD player just adds to the haunting, chilling nature of the whole experience. Throw in a 32 page booklet with complete liner notes, lyrics, new photos, and redesigned artwork from Travis Smith, and you have a wonderful package to rediscover these two classic prog rock albums all over again.

Conclusion: "Deliverance & Damnation" is nothing more than a compilation of both Opeth albums "Deliverance" and "Damnation", joined on a double CD. It's very interesting to have "Deliverance" and "Damnation" as a double studio album combining perfectly well the two musical sides of Opeth. Originally released in 2002 and 2003 respectively, "Deliverance" and "Damnation" were once considered to be released as a double CD album, but Mikael Akerfeldt eventually decided to send them out on their own separately, as both are so completely different from each other that it just made better sense that way. From there, we all know the history. "Deliverance" is one of the heaviest albums in the Opeth canon, as their brand of progressive death metal goes into levels of brutality, beauty, and complexity that saw no stopping the band, while "Damnation" scales things back considerably in the form of gorgeous, melodic progressive rock with a healthy dose of folk leanings. Two polar opposite albums, but one that clearly sparked a shift in the band to more classic prog waters that would fully come to fruition a decade later. Buying it is an interesting experience, really.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 In Live Concert At The Royal Albert Hall by OPETH album cover DVD/Video, 2010
4.66 | 253 ratings

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In Live Concert At The Royal Albert Hall
Opeth Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by sgtpepper

5 stars This is an excellent overview of the most important era of the masterful death-metal influenced progressive metal band. Containing their trademark album "Blackwater park" on the first DVD and a balanced choice of a song from each other album on the second DVD, the selection is destined to hit the nail. Add to this great musicianship, still quite a good growling, trained clean vocals and tight instruments, magnificient recording and video and you'll be delighted to spend the almost 3 hours watching this. Being in 2010, there are only 3 clean vocal songs totalling around 11 minutes so you'll get the dynamic and raw in rhythm but sophisticated delivery of the band's repertoire. Included are the bonuses like the Mikael's interview and live tour documentary. Highly recommended to any extreme metal/progressive metal fan.
 In Cauda Venenum by OPETH album cover Studio Album, 2019
4.07 | 433 ratings

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In Cauda Venenum
Opeth Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by prog_traveller!!

5 stars Opeth still maintain the heavy prog sound garb that was first created in 2011. So there is still clear vocals, great guitars flanked by organ, Mellotron, Rhodes /Clavinet and occasionally glockenspiel. The complexity rests in the detail, in the lovingly refined arrangements where everything flows, the melodies take hold after hearing them for the first time and don't let go. The band plays with the sounds of the 70s and yet they are completely in the here and now.

With this album, Opeth somehow managed to extract the essence of the compositions from the previous three albums, so that it has a fluid flow from "Herritage", deeply original hybrid of folk and hypnotic heavy organ prog, and the moods, which change from loud to quiet, that are displayed in an extremely skilful and high-contrast manner, from the next two albums.

The combination of all the above and the years spent creating this style of progressive rock, and new ideas with a slightly different approach makes this effort, a more aesthetically rich experience than their other recent releases. Opeth achieved their most complex and dark plate since his change of direction, but without neglecting these new/old influences. Concept of heaviness has more to do with the feelings and atmosphere, as opposed to the way the songs are composed and played.

The musicality continues to be supreme and the progressions become organic, which takes the elements originated in "Sorceress" but infuses them with evil and progressive complexity. Calm and reflective moments are also not lacking and that's, decidedly guided by acoustic guitars and orchestral arrangements.

Opeth has always had depth, the music represents a union and a perfect flow of compositions from one to another and it is highly atmospheric, in a darker and smoother fashion.

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