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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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In Cauda Venenum (Swedish & English)  2CD, DigipakIn Cauda Venenum (Swedish & English) 2CD, Digipak
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Garden of the Titans (Opeth Live at Red Rocks Amphitheatre)
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Nuclear Blast Americ 2018
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Still LifeStill Life
PEACEVILLE 2017
$8.84
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Blackwater ParkBlackwater Park
Sony Music Canada Inc. 2011
$31.01
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Sorceress 2-disc deluxeSorceress 2-disc deluxe
Nuclear Blast America 2016
$11.58
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OrchidOrchid
CANDLELIGHT RECORDS 2015
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DamnationDamnation
Sony Music Canada Inc. 2011
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HeritageHeritage
Roadrunner Records 2011
$7.89
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Pale CommunionPale Communion
Roadrunner Records 2014
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DeliveranceDeliverance
Original recording
The End Records 2011
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OPETH top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.27 | 660 ratings
Orchid
1995
3.72 | 747 ratings
Morningrise
1996
3.94 | 775 ratings
My Arms, Your Hearse
1998
4.30 | 1638 ratings
Still Life
1999
4.25 | 1701 ratings
Blackwater Park
2001
3.77 | 945 ratings
Deliverance
2002
3.98 | 1302 ratings
Damnation
2003
4.25 | 1594 ratings
Ghost Reveries
2005
3.98 | 1181 ratings
Watershed
2008
3.81 | 1253 ratings
Heritage
2011
4.15 | 1116 ratings
Pale Communion
2014
3.71 | 473 ratings
Sorceress
2016
4.22 | 247 ratings
In Cauda Venenum
2019

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

4.12 | 118 ratings
Lamentations: Live at Shepherd Bush Empire 2003
2006
4.08 | 206 ratings
The Roundhouse Tapes
2007
3.00 | 4 ratings
The Devil's Orchard (Live At Rock Hard Festival 2009)
2011
4.14 | 7 ratings
Lamentations Live At Shepherd's Bush Empire
2016
4.20 | 30 ratings
Garden of the Titans: Live at Red Rocks Amphitheatre
2018

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

4.03 | 222 ratings
Lamentations: Live at Shepherd's Bush
2003
4.10 | 155 ratings
The Roundhouse Tapes
2008
4.64 | 245 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
4.44 | 9 ratings
Deliverance & Damnation
2015

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

4.13 | 23 ratings
Apostle in Triumph
1994
4.52 | 47 ratings
The Drapery Falls
2001
4.09 | 35 ratings
Deliverance
2002
4.63 | 49 ratings
Still Day Beneath the Sun 7''
2003
3.15 | 27 ratings
Selections From Ghost Reveries
2005
3.32 | 43 ratings
The Grand Conjuration
2005
4.88 | 8 ratings
Ghost of Perdition
2006
3.02 | 24 ratings
Watershed - Radio Sampler
2008
3.70 | 47 ratings
Porcelain Heart
2008
3.61 | 51 ratings
Mellotron Heart
2008
3.85 | 65 ratings
Burden
2008
4.00 | 3 ratings
Dirge for November - Live
2010
2.83 | 6 ratings
Slither
2011
3.49 | 73 ratings
The Throat of Winter
2011
3.68 | 91 ratings
The Devil's Orchard
2011
3.80 | 10 ratings
Cusp of Eternity
2014
3.32 | 19 ratings
Sorceress
2016
2.92 | 12 ratings
Will o the Wisp
2016
3.00 | 12 ratings
The Wilde Flowers
2016
3.50 | 2 ratings
Book of Opeth
2016
4.00 | 4 ratings
Live in Plovdiv (split with Enslaved)
2017
4.00 | 4 ratings
Ghost of Perdition (Live)
2018
3.85 | 13 ratings
Hjärtat Vet Vad Handen Gör / Heart In Hand
2019
4.00 | 11 ratings
Svekets Prins
2019

OPETH Reviews


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 In Cauda Venenum by OPETH album cover Studio Album, 2019
4.22 | 247 ratings

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In Cauda Venenum
Opeth Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by uribreitman

4 stars Not really an Opeth album - more of a Mikael Akerfeldt solo project. The atmosphere is more relaxed, more retro and very 70's. Akerfeldt seems very comfortable leaving the extreme prog-metal behind, although he knows that his fans still want the heavy stuff. Three major tracks are "Dignity", "Heart In Hand" and the orchestral "Next Of Kin". The album never recovers from there, trying to be eclectic but gets a bit boring and mundane, in the process. By the time I reach the closer "All Things Will Pass", not much enthusiasm is left. So it sounds pretty good from a production perspective, and Akerfeldt surely knows how to arrange his songs - but this is clearly not the Opeth metal monster of the great years (1999-2005). All in all, this new product will enable Opeth to expand its stage repertoire, reach an older audience and perhaps to get closer to the world of Steven Wilson and the long-gone Porcupine Tree. It's not Opeth's best work to date (far from it), but it's good enough to be listened to.

 In Cauda Venenum by OPETH album cover Studio Album, 2019
4.22 | 247 ratings

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In Cauda Venenum
Opeth Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by ProgShine
Collaborator Errors & Omissions Team

4 stars I respect Opeth very much! And I still believe they are one of the most important/innovative bands of the last 30 years. As the world sank with regrets over the group's changes since Heritage, I was curious to know where the band was going.

It turns out that the band... keeps going! After the great Pale Communion Opeth released a very weak album with Sorceress and I really didn't have much hope for the next album, but here they are with In Cauda Venenum!

First of all I need to get out of my head two little things that I noticed right away that are little easter eggs in the album (maybe there are more): The title of the album was obviouslyce mezzo-stolen from Italian Jacula's In Cauda Semper Stat Venenum. The album's opening track, Livets Tr'dg'rd, is a clear 'tribute' to the Swedish group 'lgarnas Tr'dg'rd. Being Mikael 'kerfeldt an avid 70s Prog collector this is no surprise. This makes me a little unquiet, I still don't know why.

In Cauda Venenum is a record that should please fans of the band's new phase. Despite the completely unnecessary introduction (an instrumental introduction only makes sense if it is linked to the concept of the album, it is not the case here, at all) the album brings variety, weight and also a little freshness to the band's sound. The fact that the album was composed in Swedish is extremely pleasant to my ears (yes, there is an English version, but Mikael himself in an interview said that for him the official album is in Swedish). There are several times when the weight takes over the songs, but there are parts with strings and many vintage keyboards.

The production of the record did not please me completely, the sound seems too compressed, there is the attempt, it seems, that everything has to sound vintage, but obviously recorded in digitail system. The drums suffer the most, a shame as Martin Axenrot did a fantastic job. But at the same time the insertion of voices and dialogues in Swedish throughout the album comes in quite well done.

Now, speaking about how long it is... 67 minutes! Needlessly long, at least 20 minutes longer than it should and this weighs on the end result: hearing fatigue.

Nevertheless, in the end, the Swedes delivered an exquisite work that requires some auditions to enjoy the album (I needed 4 and counting) and can easily reach the ears of the band's Prog period fans.

 Damnation by OPETH album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.98 | 1302 ratings

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Damnation
Opeth Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by dougmcauliffe

4 stars This is an excellent release from Opeth. Notable for having no death growls, (long before their move to a "grow-less" prog rock sound in the recent years) it turns things down and focuses on an album full of mellower, but still very dark, songs. What really makes this album great is how all the songs really flow together nicely and share a common sound. Many of the songs are led by acoustic or clean electric guitars and backed by dark mellotrons, which really give the album a gloomy undertone. This is certainly among Opeth's most melodic albums. Not only in the guitars but in the vocals, Mikael does a fine job. Most the songs are really propelled by strong chorus's that got me singing along every time. The song "Ending Credits," is almost reminiscent of Camel, the guitars got that Andy Latimer melodic feel, though it's much darker sounding than any Camel song off the top of my head. Speaking of this song, one of my few complaints about the album is that this song isnt the closer, including the name, everything about it shouts album closer! The first two tracks are great, and immediately show what the albums all about, but my favorite lies in the 3rd track with "Death Whispered a Lullaby." Its kind of got a real feeling of doom within it which always sounds cool to my ears. The album takes a different turn towards the end of the song "Closure." picking things up with faster drums on the forefront and faint melodic guitars in the background reminding me ever so slightly of Camel again. "To Rid the Disease," is another wonderful song with that dark mellotron I love so very much. I would recommend this album to any prog fan. If you're only a fan of their newer prog-rock stuff, or you've tried them before and couldn't get past the death growls, this may be a worthwhile album.

7.5-8.0/10

 Heritage by OPETH album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.81 | 1253 ratings

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Heritage
Opeth Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by sgtpepper

4 stars The first Opeth album with that features a dramatic change in the music direction of the metal giants. Gone are death metal vocals and instrumentation, the foreground belongs to prevailingly metal guitars, clean vocals (sometimes a bit lost in the mix), versatile progressive rock drumming and increasingly used keyboards -> mainly Hammond.

The band is on the crossroads between not very convincing progressive rock and for the band more conventional progressive metal or heavy metal. The music is adventureous albeit not very experimental since the band showcases influences by various bands such as Dio or Judas Priest.

"Heritage" track is a soft intro, probably a bit similar to the sang beginning of "Watershed". "Devil's orchard" is a classic live progressive metal piece; the sound of hammond and lack of extreme metal signatures is the biggest alteration in the sound. Ominous riffs and acoustic sections have not disappeared, fortunately. The last walking part with excellent drums and guitars is very original and shows greater band involvement. Then comes a memorable guitar solo.

"I feel the dark" is quite the opposite for the first track with subdued electric guitars and mellotron before a creative climax and shift changes. There is even a metal-jam-session reminiscent short moment. "Slither" is a retro nod to 70's hard rock, a good but not exceptional song. "Nepenthe" is a progressive-rock track notable for the sliding guitar.

"Häxproces" is a typical Opeth track minus extreme metal and Floydian guitar ending. "The lines in my hand" is compositionally uninteresting but has great drums and bass guitar lines. It could have stayed as an instrumental track. The end is marked by a typical evil Opethesque guitar solo which results in a perhaps heaviest moment of the album. "Marrow of the earth" is the only instrumental track, melancholic as Opeth can ever get and contrasting to the previous tracks - acoustic guitar leading with tasty lines.

Although the album was criticized upon its release by many old fans, in the advent of newer Opeth albums and further changes, it has actually stood the course of time quite well.

 In Cauda Venenum by OPETH album cover Studio Album, 2019
4.22 | 247 ratings

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In Cauda Venenum
Opeth Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars As my esteemed colleague siLLy puPPy stated in his review of this same album, the OPETH sound has never been one to draw me into the fold of Opeth lovers (or haters, for that matter). I totally respect and admire Mikael Åkerfeldt's tremendous talent and commitment to progressive rock music--it's on a par with that of prolific stalwarts STEVE HACKETT, STEVEN WILSON, and ROINE STOLT. And I completely recognize the masterful performance skills of all musicians involved, I'm just not drawn back to any Opeth music--songs, albums, periods, or styles. It all washes over me--wows me while I listen, but then I'm done, I leave and move on.

"Heart in Hand" is the standout song for me. It's awesome! It kicks some ass and haunts me like the ear-candy of Terry Jacks or ABBA. I happen to like the Swedish version better because I can't understand a word the singer is singing which plays perfectly into my disability of only hearing voices as other contributors to the overall weave of music--as creators of threads of linear melody making, just like another instrument. (I cannot sing the entire lyric of any song--even my favorite songs from childhood--because I do not have a compartment in my brain for the comprehension of their meanings). Still, the heavy first half and the gorgeous sensitive second work for me! Some of the others feel/sound like other OXYGEN radio play bands or like Grunge era classics, Jimmy Page acoustic stuff. I also like the subtle intricacies throughout "Continuum."

The hard-drivin'/heavy vs. soft/delicate interplay is okay once or twice but in every song (sauf the opener)? Not even Pearl Jam can get away with that! There are no bad songs, not even any "bad" sections of songs--I even enjoy/smile at the forays into new and unusual musical styles Mikael has the band explore (á la GINO VANELLI-like "Garroter").

1. Garden Of Earthly Delights (3:29) (7.5/10) 2. Dignity (6:37) (8.75/10) 3. Heart In Hand (8:30) (19/20) 4. Next Of Kin (7:10) (12.75/15) 5. Lovelorn Crime (6:34) (8.25/10) 6. Charlatan (5:29) (8.5/10) 7. Universal Truth (7:22) (12.25/15) 8. The Garroter (6:44) (13/15) 9. Continuum (7:23) (13.5/15) 10. All Things Will Pass (8:31 (8.25/20)

All in all this album sounds like a more complicated, more mature form of early 1970s URIAH HEEP.

86.96 on the Fishscales = B/four stars; an excellent addition to any prog lover's music collection despite the Jeckyll and Hyde musical circles it leads one in. Try the Swedish version, it's great!

 In Cauda Venenum by OPETH album cover Studio Album, 2019
4.22 | 247 ratings

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In Cauda Venenum
Opeth Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by dougmcauliffe

4 stars I've come back to rewrite this review after spending more time with this album, I think it's truly one of their best and my favorite album of 2019, though it did take me a few listens to really get into. People who gave up on Opeth after they stopped doing death metal are just simply missing out at this point. The prog era has some of their best music.

I love every track, but my three favorites have to be Dignity, with its explosive guitar and vocal lines. Heart in Hand with its great intensity and beautiful ending. And All Things Will Pass being the huge grand finale of the album. Opeth maintains their trademark heaviness and darkness in their music while still being extremely melodic. Next of Kin and Universal Truth exemplify this. Another favorite track is Charlatan, it is extremely heavy and has some really great organ tones. Steven Wilson returns here as the producer and his flourishes are all over the album most notably the intro of Garden of Earthly Delights with hints of electronics. That being said, I think if this album cut out that track and maybe one more it would be 5 stars for me.

This album is easily among my favorite Opeth albums. Highly recommend for any prog fan.

 Blackwater Park by OPETH album cover Studio Album, 2001
4.25 | 1701 ratings

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Blackwater Park
Opeth Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Zoltanxvamos

5 stars Just like Still Life, this album is dynamic, loud, melodic and absolutely incredible. This album just feels like Still Life Part 2 but... different at the same time. I imagine that even with such skill that these guys had at the time it was just begging to come to the surface as some amazing Progressive Death Metal. This album delivers on all fronts, loud (ear blasting parts), soft melodic parts and gut wrenching emotion on both sides of the musical spectrum (being the soft and loud parts). Either way, I don't need to say much more about this album, it's fantastic and has the reputation that just puts it on the leaderboard.
 Orchid by OPETH album cover Studio Album, 1995
3.27 | 660 ratings

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Orchid
Opeth Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Zoltanxvamos

3 stars Interesting for a Debut, I would've expected much worse.

When I heard the name Opeth and I heard that people would say that this is one of their weakest albums, I was excepting something so unbearably unlistenable that I was just going to tune out. But that was not the case, nothing 100% interested me but nothing turned me away. This album is very consistent and it would say it's a decent debut. Of course this album has its moments where it is clear they are still kids and need time to mature but those moments don't take away from this album all that much. Overall this album is pretty good, a little amateurish but it is well done for a debut of this genre.

I will continue through their discography.

 Damnation by OPETH album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.98 | 1302 ratings

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Damnation
Opeth Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Zoltanxvamos

3 stars So this is where Riverside got their influence... Now I know.

All jokes aside, this album is fantastic. It's very PT-esc and it has a very interesting perspective in progressive rock music. Is this album all that great?? No sadly, its amazing! Soundscapes are important in a progressive rock album and thankfully with Steven Wilson's help, this album has soundscapes and a solid atmosphere. The sound of this album really showed how the albums coming up to now would sound. All in all, this album is absolutely incredible with so many different aspects of prog. The very very essence of MODERN prog, thankfully I think that this album was the start of something great and the album after this is absolutely phenomenal.

 Still Life by OPETH album cover Studio Album, 1999
4.30 | 1638 ratings

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Still Life
Opeth Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Zoltanxvamos

5 stars Progressive Death Metal? Really? Ok!

Frankly, compared to Genesis, this album is absolutely horrible but, from a more Metal perspective this album takes it's time and when it hits, it hits hard. This album has extremely technical playing mixed with its extreme rhythmic patterns. It makes Dream Theater look weak and a little bit hard to play but, this album sure has its moments where it looks impossible to play on anything. To keep this review from getting to long, I want to close this review off with a few simple words... great and really interesting. Awesome. Although this album is great, their latest material is better. The song writing on this album is just unbelievably good, dynamic with lots of soft melodic moments and plenty of just well played out Death metal moments. Anyways this album is just... amazing, nothing on this album is just great.

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