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Tech/Extreme Prog Metal • Sweden


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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.

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 you would be interested in because it is a pure Prog album. But Mikael said that the band will not do something similar again, he even announced the next album to be their most heavy, we will see. Sure isn't that this release opened the door to new fans and certainly displeased some of their old fans coming from the death metal origin.


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OPETH shows & tickets


  • Getaway Rock Festival 2014 on 7 Aug 2014
  • Vagos Open Air 2014 on 8 Aug 2014
  • Opeth at O2 Academy Bristol, Bristol on 10 Oct 2014
  • Opeth at Roundhouse, London on 11 Oct 2014
  • Opeth at Rock City, Nottingham on 12 Oct 2014
  • Opeth on 14 Oct 2014
  • Opeth at Manchester Academy 1, Manchester on 15 Oct 2014
  • Opeth at The Institute, Birmingham on 16 Oct 2014
  • Opeth at LKA-Longhorn, Stuttgart on 24 Oct 2014
  • Opeth + Special Guests on 25 Oct 2014
  • Opeth at Huxleys Neue Welt, Berlin on 26 Oct 2014
  • Pale Communion Europe 2014 on 27 Oct 2014
  • Opeth at Roxy, Praha on 29 Oct 2014
  • Opeth at Arena, Wien on 30 Oct 2014
  • Opeth at Tonhalle, München on 31 Oct 2014
  • Opeth at Komplex, Zürich on 1 Nov 2014
  • Opeth + Special Guest on 3 Nov 2014
  • Opeth at Bataclan, Paris on 5 Nov 2014
  • Opeth at Ancienne Belgique, Brussels on 6 Nov 2014
  • Opeth at Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam on 7 Nov 2014
  • Opeth at Grosse Freiheit 36, Hamburg on 8 Nov 2014
  • Opeth at Store Vega, København V on 9 Nov 2014
  • Opeth on 11 Nov 2014
  • Opeth at The Circus, Helsinki on 12 Nov 2014
  • Opeth at Sentrum Scene, Oslo on 14 Nov 2014

OPETH discography


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OPETH top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.18 | 443 ratings
Orchid
1995
3.71 | 506 ratings
Morningrise
1996
3.92 | 527 ratings
My Arms, Your Hearse
1998
4.33 | 1109 ratings
Still Life
1999
4.24 | 1137 ratings
Blackwater Park
2001
3.75 | 656 ratings
Deliverance
2002
3.92 | 936 ratings
Damnation
2003
4.23 | 1063 ratings
Ghost Reveries
2005
3.93 | 860 ratings
Watershed
2008
3.86 | 898 ratings
Heritage
2011
4.10 | 89 ratings
Pale Communion
2014

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

3.81 | 88 ratings
Lamentations: Live at Shepherd Bush Empire 2003
2006
4.01 | 161 ratings
The Roundhouse Tapes
2007

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

3.96 | 182 ratings
Lamentations: Live at Shepherd's Bush
2003
3.93 | 122 ratings
The Roundhouse Tapes
2008
4.61 | 191 ratings
In Live Concert At The Royal Albert Hall
2010
4.75 | 4 ratings
Live at Enmore Theatre Sidney Australia
2011

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

4.31 | 42 ratings
Limited Edition Box Set
2006
3.80 | 60 ratings
The Candlelight Years
2008

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

4.06 | 18 ratings
Apostle in Triumph
1994
4.34 | 34 ratings
The Drapery Falls
2001
3.89 | 26 ratings
Deliverance
2002
4.59 | 34 ratings
Still Day Beneath the Sun 7''
2003
3.00 | 20 ratings
Selections From Ghost Reveries
2005
3.19 | 34 ratings
The Grand Conjuration
2005
2.95 | 18 ratings
Watershed - Radio Sampler
2008
3.66 | 37 ratings
Porcelain Heart
2008
3.62 | 36 ratings
Mellotron Heart
2008
3.65 | 53 ratings
Burden
2008
3.44 | 59 ratings
The Throat of Winter
2011
3.66 | 79 ratings
The Devil's Orchard
2011

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 Pale Communion by OPETH album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.10 | 89 ratings

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Pale Communion
Opeth Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Spook76

5 stars The Maturity of Opeth

From the beginning of "Eternal Rains Will Come" I knew Opeth had given its fans a modern masterpiece. I also knew that this album would again divide classic Opeth fans who want to leave Opeth looked into its death growl youth never to change or evolve. For me it is just a pleasure for Mikael Akerfeldt to share his talent and vision with the rest of us. Sonically and quality wise, I would put Pale Communion after their greatest album Ghost Revelries and about equal to Damnation but far ahead of either Watershed or Heritage. If you have followed Opeth since the beginning, I believe this is the album Mikael Akerfeldt and the band have been struggling to deliver since Ghost Revelries but just couldn't get right. Pale Communion is certainly a darker and heavier album than its two predecessors but with a real progressive, personal and accessible quality. The introduction of strings into certain songs is what I take the real maturity of the sound of Opeth. This is a songwriter who understands his music and is not just experimenting with certain soundscapes but really had a vision and the ability to deliver it. While it is certainly not a concept album one only needs to hear the last two songs for example ("Voice of Treason" and "Faith In Others") to see that the songs and theme of the album are interrelated.

As for the production values, with Steven Wilson again at the helm we are treated to a wonderfully mixed and mastered recording. This is something that should not be causally disregarded as one need only look as some of the poorly recorded albums (the first Astra album The Weirding) or master recordings like Dark Side of the Moon to appreciate how much mixing and mastering can make or break the musical concept.

I have really enjoyed Synaesthesia's debut album as well as Kaleidoscope from Transatlantic, Heretics from Dream the Electric Sheep and The Road of Bones from IQ but Pale Communion by Opeth is in my opinion the best of 2014 so far.

I would give Pale Communion 4,5 stars, 9 out of 10 if I could, (we really need a 10 point scale) but I am feeling charitable so 5 stars it is.

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 Orchid by OPETH album cover Studio Album, 1995
3.18 | 443 ratings

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Orchid
Opeth Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by ProgolateCookie

2 stars The beauty of hindsight is in credible. My absolute favourite band at the earliest stage. It's hard to imagine that Mike had so much potential brewing in him because this album really is nothing special to me and leans way too closely to the style of Black Metal than I really like. I guess this shows to pay attention to bands when they are starting out because if it wasn't for Still Life maybe none of us would know the band and maybe we would never have heard such gold as Ghost Reveries and Water Shed. I even like their new prog direction with Heritage, its actually stunning.

While there was promise in the long songs and interesting compositions, there was a lot of room to grow for these Swedish boys and boy did they. Confusingly "Under The Weaping Moon" is still a great track to me even though its a bit black metally. Only can give this 1 2 stars unfortunately.

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 Blackwater Park by OPETH album cover Studio Album, 2001
4.24 | 1137 ratings

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Blackwater Park
Opeth Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by siLLy puPPy

3 stars I know i'm in the minority when I say that BLACKWATER PARK does for me like every other OPETH album i've heard. Basically I can sit through the first half of the album and then I tolerate the rest but never totally getting into it. This like many of theirs is a sprawling hour plus album that seems to be extremely popular. I can only guess why I am the odd dog out with this group. I don't mind their sound at all. It's just that 70 minutes of the same tempos, overused riffs and endlessly long acoustic passes just doesn't float my boat. I have come to a conclusion that OPETH is a kind of death metal lite. An extreme metal sound that is really a psychedelic rock band at heart. The tempos and much of the music has a monotonous groove to it. It is not as technically demanding to listen to like other extreme death metal bands like Gorguts, Cynic or even less progressive brutal bands like Behemoth or even Deicide for that matter.

BLACKWATER PARK is an interesting listen just to hear Steven Wilson on board contributing to playing music and producing. Can't say i'm a huge fan of the finished product and I much prefer the Porcupine Tree releases that this collaboration would influence. I have had many a friend or acquaintance rave about OPETH and I always ask them what they find so appealing. No one really knows for sure but they tend not to love extreme metal and even find that OPETH opened up the gates for them to walk into the wonderful world of extreme metal. So all I can say is kudos to OPETH for putting out records that are recruiting stations for metalheads. Even if i'm not the biggest fan of their music, I certainly am a fan of their influence. And I have to say that I do like a few songs when the album starts. I just wish that it would develop into something more interesting.

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 Damnation by OPETH album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.92 | 936 ratings

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Damnation
Opeth Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Warthur
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2 stars The progressive rock-oriented metal-renouncing counterpart to Deliverance, Damnation finds the collaboration between Opeth and Steven Wilson tighter than ever before. Wilson provides a decent production but I can't help but find this grey, drab take on progressive rock to be terminally dull - it's not that I don't think prog can be quiet or meditative or sad, it can be all of those things, but what it should never be is bland, and that's precisely what Opeth's take on prog is. I guess this is why I've never gone for their particular prog-death metal fusion: their take on prog I find so flavourless that their music ends up feeling flavourless and watered- down whenever they add it.

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 Ghost Reveries by OPETH album cover Studio Album, 2005
4.23 | 1063 ratings

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Ghost Reveries
Opeth Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by MonsterMagnet

4 stars This is the first extreme metal album I listened to and it was really like a smash in my head! Before that my only approaches of heavy stuff had been with bands like Mr. Bungle or Naked City, bands who have some metal influences. Opeth delivers an album of an incredible and fascinating alchemy. One of the strengths of the band is to have reinvented itself with each new release. On Ghost Reveries they develop their style in a particularly true prog metal direction and they create the perfect symbiosis between these two genres. This album is perhaps less aggressive than others like Blackwater Park or Deliverance but more melodic than ever. Indeed Opeth adds new atmospheres and pictures to its poetic painting: Ghost Reveries makes us enter in manors haunted by ghosts and memories... step into paths lost in dark and foggy woods... It's also the first time Opeth has its own keyboard player: the honourable Per Wiberg. In general I think the keyboards in prog metal have a tendency to be ugly (without being disturbing), yet here they instantly find their place and... how heavy they are! The Hammond of Baying of The Hounds or the Mellotron of Beaneath The Mire testify it. There's even a psychedelic song, named Atonement, with Eastern heady sounds, that is as original as well integrated on a death metal album. Akerfeldt's singing is full of emotions, magnificent, very efficient in both clear voice and growl. Opeth proves again its great wealth and its undeniable quality of composition (tortuous riffs, complex structures, inventive bridges, consistency of the whole album,...). So I think Ghost Reveries is essential to each and every progger, especially if metal is a bit foreign to you.

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 Damnation by OPETH album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.92 | 936 ratings

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Damnation
Opeth Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by kenethlevine
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4 stars Wallowing is an underrated state of grief. Feeling sorry for oneself and allowing that profound bitterness and disappointment to wash over oneself can serve to put the darkness in its place and set the stage for slinking back into the crepuscular light. I have found that journaling can make the process more productive and even enjoyable. I suspect artists find solace in their craft, and assume that is part of what is transpiring with Mikael Akerfeldt on "Damnation", an album that has as little to do with extreme metal, and as much to do with mellotron drenched disconsolateness, as does BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST's "Everyone is Everybody Else".

Thanks to the production and keyboards of Steven Wilson, and the delicate somber vocals and guitars of Akerfelt, this album sets a mood and does not relinquish it. The melodies ache with fragility, and on "In my Time of Need", "Hope Leaves", and the CAMEL-influenced "Ending Credits, are the main attraction, but this is more about the atmosphere, conveyed brilliantly in the excruciatingly elongated "Windowpane" and the final few hair raising minutes of "Closure". The late lamented mellotron era of the 1970s and its essential gravitas is distilled in a manner rarely witnessed at that time, putting a fresh face on a familiar friend.

I'm not saying "Damnation" is bliss but its grasp of the essential value of wallowing makes it a more suitable instrument of salvation, however it might have been intended. Grief never sounded this good.

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 My Arms, Your Hearse by OPETH album cover Studio Album, 1998
3.92 | 527 ratings

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My Arms, Your Hearse
Opeth Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Warthur
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3 stars The lo-fi shot of a wintery forest gracing the cover of My Arms, Your Hearse might give the impression that this release has Opeth drifting in a black metal direction, and that isn't altogether inaccurate - whilst they don't go full on black metal, this is easily the heaviest release I've heard from them and their brand of death metal with progressive sensibilities has perhaps never been darker. At the same time, though, I still can't get into them; the same falseness, the sense that it's all carefully calculated and technically polished but emotionally insincere, and the tedious acoustic parts which turn me off other Opeth releases (Credence, in particular, is extremely jarring, robbing the album of all the momentum it had established to this point) are present here still.

A decent listen if you are fond of Still Life and are interested to hear how Opeth reached that point; for my part, though, I continue to find the high esteem in which the band is held truly baffling, though I concede they turn in a decent performance and if you like Opeth at all, you'll probably enjoy this one.

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 Ghost Reveries by OPETH album cover Studio Album, 2005
4.23 | 1063 ratings

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Ghost Reveries
Opeth Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Progrussia

5 stars There's not much I can add to descriptions of Opeth, which is one of the more popular bands out there and the standard bearer for progressive extreme metal. Well, Opeth start with the basic foundation of dense death metal and enrich it with acoustics, folk, melancholic atmospheres, middle eastern polyrhythms, classisist rock and even jazz (and two of their albums, Damnation and Heritage, are not metal at all). But I would like to comment on Ghost Reveries, which are not revolutionary for Opeth, but my favorite album from Mikael Akerfeldt. It has the best production, sound, vocals (both growls and clean) and the most progressive structures. Not just a folk insert in the middle of a death song. One could even call it the most accessible album, if you can get past the growls. A rare example when the best all-around album is also the most accessible.

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 My Arms, Your Hearse by OPETH album cover Studio Album, 1998
3.92 | 527 ratings

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My Arms, Your Hearse
Opeth Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Codera the Great

4 stars My Arms, Your Hearse displays a great change of pace from the previous two albums that Opeth had to offer. The songs this time around have become much more concise than those of the previous two, in fact this is one of the very few Opeth albums to have no songs breach the ten minute mark, and with the the other two albums being "Heritage" and "Damnation" , where Mikael displays only his soft, melodic vocals, this is the only Opeth album with only songs less than ten minutes to have harsh, death metal growls present (which have deepened considerably and increased in strength with this release). An interesting thing to note is that the last lyrics of every song if you look in the liner notes are actually the title for the next song. Even the instrumentals have lyrics present in the liner note so that those will lead into the next track of that same name. This is a sign that this may be considered a concept album regarding a man who is haunted by the ghost of his dead wife. The performances are tight and the songwriting is well-written. Overall, it's a favorite of mine (the first I bought from the band) and a highly recommended slab of prog death metal.

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 Morningrise by OPETH album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.71 | 506 ratings

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Morningrise
Opeth Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Codera the Great

4 stars Morningrise continues in very much the same direction that was left off from the previous album Orchid, where a folky, black metal style where classical acoustic moments are present throughout. The album before this one, also had quite a few songs that were over the ten minute mark, while this one is composed of five songs which only exceed ten minutes (with "Black Rose Immortal" eclipsing twenty minutes). The formula for this album feels very much similar to the previous album, only this time there is a noticeable improvement to how this album was structured compared to the previous one. The songwriting has improved and matured with an album's worth of an experience under the band's belt and Mikael has noticeably grown more confident in his role as a lead vocalist, showcasing more of his wonderful clean vocals (particularly in the part-ballad "To Bid You Farewell") and further enhancing the quality of his harsh screams which will get even better with every succeeding album. Each of the five songs serves as a wonderfully crafted piece of audial art for people to absorb and take in, almost like mini-albums unto themselves. Highly essential album from Opeth's earliest years.

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