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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


  • 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 + Purest Of Pain 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 at Münchenbryggeriet, Stockholm on 15 Nov 2014
  • In Flames + Opeth + Red Fang at Riviera Theater, Chicago on 3 Dec 2014
  • Red Fang + In Flames + Opeth at Mill City Nights, Minneapolis on 4 Dec 2014
  • In Flames + Opeth + Red Fang at Sokol Auditorium, Omaha on 5 Dec 2014
  • Opeth + In Flames + Red Fang at Ogden Theater, Denver on 6 Dec 2014
  • In Flames + Opeth + Red Fang at The Warfield, San Francisco on 8 Dec 2014
  • In Flames + Opeth + Red Fang at Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles on 9 Dec 2014

OPETH discography


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

3.20 | 460 ratings
Orchid
1995
3.72 | 528 ratings
Morningrise
1996
3.92 | 549 ratings
My Arms, Your Hearse
1998
4.32 | 1149 ratings
Still Life
1999
4.24 | 1175 ratings
Blackwater Park
2001
3.75 | 681 ratings
Deliverance
2002
3.92 | 970 ratings
Damnation
2003
4.23 | 1096 ratings
Ghost Reveries
2005
3.93 | 890 ratings
Watershed
2008
3.84 | 936 ratings
Heritage
2011
4.19 | 208 ratings
Pale Communion
2014

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

3.82 | 94 ratings
Lamentations: Live at Shepherd Bush Empire 2003
2006
4.01 | 166 ratings
The Roundhouse Tapes
2007

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

3.96 | 190 ratings
Lamentations: Live at Shepherd's Bush
2003
3.93 | 127 ratings
The Roundhouse Tapes
2008
4.60 | 198 ratings
In Live Concert At The Royal Albert Hall
2010
4.71 | 7 ratings
Live at Enmore Theatre Sidney Australia
2011

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

4.27 | 43 ratings
Limited Edition Box Set
2006
3.78 | 63 ratings
The Candlelight Years
2008

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

3.85 | 20 ratings
Apostle in Triumph
1994
4.30 | 37 ratings
The Drapery Falls
2001
3.89 | 28 ratings
Deliverance
2002
4.49 | 37 ratings
Still Day Beneath the Sun 7''
2003
3.05 | 21 ratings
Selections From Ghost Reveries
2005
3.22 | 35 ratings
The Grand Conjuration
2005
3.00 | 19 ratings
Watershed - Radio Sampler
2008
3.66 | 37 ratings
Porcelain Heart
2008
3.62 | 36 ratings
Mellotron Heart
2008
3.66 | 53 ratings
Burden
2008
3.44 | 59 ratings
The Throat of Winter
2011
3.64 | 81 ratings
The Devil's Orchard
2011

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 Pale Communion by OPETH album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.19 | 208 ratings

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Pale Communion
Opeth Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by arcane-beautiful

4 stars Opeth have had a very interesting past few years. With the release of their last album "Heritage", the band have had mixed opinions due to their change in sound. One of the biggest problems is the loss of the death metal vocals. Now, I really don't mind if the death metal vocals are not their, in fact "Damnation" is probably one of my favorite Opeth album, but I will admit that the mix of the two styles in their earlier material is probably the reason I got into the band in the first place.

While many people will complain that Opeth aren't the same band anymore we have to take into consideration that these guys are getting older. Mikael really can't growl the way he did 10 years ago and I really respect their decision to loose the death growls. But while Mikael's vocals have gruffly diminished, he has been able to explore the diversity of his clean vocals.

Musically the album is pretty much a progressive rock album with the metal bits saturated. Now I know what your saying..."same as "Heritage" I bet. Well no. I remember seeing Opeth live during their tour for their last album and all I could think of was "this is like stoner psychedelic music"...which it was. This album is a lot more classic prog so I find it very much more enjoyable with more fluid arrangements with less improvisation and more sustenance.

Opener "Eternal Rains Will Come" is a great intro to the album. Starting off with blazing organs and clashing rhythms it then morphs into a more easier listening track with some pretty cool multi layered vocals.

"Cusp Of Eternity" is one of the heavier songs on the album. Reminding me of a more classic heavy metal style, the song has some pretty cool riffs and is a good little nod to an older metal sound.

"Moon Above, Sun Below" is the albums longest track and is probably one of the most diverse tracks on the album. Full of many different moving parts, the real highlight has to be the diversity of Mikael's vocals, showing off some clean gruffness which is a big departure from the evil growls on previous albums.

The ballad of the album "Elysian Woes" is an interesting and soothing moment on the album. I was pretty impressed by the instrumentation of this track, showing some pretty mature and experimental choices of arrangements for guitar and keyboards.

The albums instrumental "Goblin" is an interesting tribute to the 70s prog band Goblin. Full of proggy organs and some interesting prog instrumentation, the song is a prog lovers wet dream.

One of my favorite tracks on the album would have to be "River." Starting off with a very almost joyous feel, this track is very different to what the band have ever done before, with a more lighter and nicer sound to the bands repertoire with very little bleakness or Gothic undertones. May be a new direction for the band.

In conclusion, this album surprised me. I went in expecting to hate it, but I was generally impressed by what I heard. These guys are never going to go back to their earlier styles, but at least it seems they are moving in a better direction than everyone thought they would. A great listen I would recommend to modern and older prog fans.

8.1/10

Genre: Progressive Rock, Progressive Metal, Hard Rock, Doom, Psychedelic Rock, Prog Folk, Folk Rock, Jazz Fusion, Heavy Metal

Country of origin: Sweden

Year of release: 2014

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4.19 | 208 ratings

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Opeth Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by rdtprog
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5 stars The use of death vocals seems to be a thing of the past for Opeth. I always appreciated the clean vocals from Mikael Akerfeldt. It gives a better view of how he can be a good singer. The previous album Heritage wasn't convincing. Again the band is showing the soft side of their music The song "Eternal Rains will come" display some haunting harmonies progressions with some dark keyboards sound similar to VDGG. "Cups of Eternity" show a vocalization hook repeated almost like an incantation. There are some nice grooves here and a display of heavier guitars. With "Moon, Above, Sun Below" we recognize the same compositions structures of the band with intense and melancholic passages, the melody at the beginning is suddenly switching to a complete new mood so we get the feel that the song is like different parts melt down to build a 10 minutes song, but it works. The song "Goblin" is inspired by the band of the same name with a little touch of jazz. "River" is another different track with some classical rock influence. "Voice of Treason" is another track in which the listener is challenge with the impossibility to reach an accessible melody, like the band was playing with restraint. It illustrates the new direction the band is, by keeping the music outside the extreme metal. The last track "Faith of Others" is full of strings, classical arrangements and some acoustic progressive rock not too far from the band Landberk.

While this release could be perceive as homage to the old progressive rock bands, the retro sound of the organ and mellotron should appeal to old progressive rock fans, it keeps the band own style, less metal than the majority of their albums, but more in the line of Damnation and Heritage. For me, those two albums despite their progressive side were not the best of their discography, but I think the latest is more satisfying and if I had doubt about the direction the band was headed when they took a break from their metal prog, I am more confident for the future that it's the right direction to go now. And Mikael Akerfeldt looks like a musician that is in a mood to do more melodic music with clean vocals the rest of his career.

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4.19 | 208 ratings

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Opeth Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by jverweij

3 stars A good redeeming album dragged down by the mixing

I have always been a huge fan of Opeth. Up until Heritage they could do no wrong in my book. Even though I have clear favourites (blackwater Park, Still Life, Ghost Reveries), all their other work is superb. Heritage was their first album I just couldn't get into. It lacked focus and felt disjointed and rushed. I'll be honest: I feared for Opeth.

Their newest release: Pale Communion has proven me wrong. Heritage was just a misstep, they are still going strong. With Mikael Akerfeldts newfound resentment of heavy metal, the band has taken a more gentle approach to music. In reality this doesn't really change that much to the music. Sure a bit more keys are added (a very good thing imo) and the distortion is less heavy, but otherwise, the music is very similar to what it was before Heritage.

I'm not going to go through all the songs, but I'll say that every song (yes even Cusp of Eternity) has grown on me. I especially like Moon Above, Sun Below, Goblin, and Faith in Others. Musically, this is easily a 4 star album.......

Yet I'm giving it 3..The reason for this is the mixing. Done by the otherwise flawless Steven Wilson, the mixing is way too bass heavy for my ears. Both the bass and the bassdrums are predominantly present. For me, this is distracting enough to lower my rating from 4 to 3 stars. I can only say this is a damn shame, because this could have been really great.

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Opeth Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by javajeff

5 stars This is another solid release by Opeth, and they have a right to make any type of album they want. If you are looking for Ghost Reveries, Still Life, or Blackwater Park, then you should look elsewhere. This is a throwback, 70s vibe progressive rock release in the vein of something you would expect from Steven Wilson or Motorpsycho. It took me a long time to accept the growls in some of their best albums, and now I am used to them. With that being said, I really love the three albums mentioned earlier and think they are brilliant. The combination of extreme metal with the softer moments is very special. This is not that type of a release since I do not hear any progressive metal, but there are a few heavier moments. This may just be the softest Opeth album yet with Damnation and Heritage in the mix. As a progressive rock fan, I have nothing bad to say about this release. However, expectations are hard to overcome at times, and I would like to hear another album similiar to the heart of their catalog. However, I still have to rate this as a brilliant progressive rock release. This is an excellent addition to any prog rock music collection.

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 Pale Communion by OPETH album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.19 | 208 ratings

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Pale Communion
Opeth Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by robbob

5 stars Well Opeth in constant changing. Their last album was in an acoustic line... This one is like a typical Swedish heavy prog...reminds me very much Anekdoten...Anglagard...Paatos..bands that are inspired in 70 ies prog with that Nordic touches. What I have always love from Opeth is their instrumental heavy jazzy passages and Mikael vocals...what I hate are the guttural noises ...very typical of the dark metal albums ...this disgusting and unnecessary element...finally it seem is in the past of Opeth... So now we can listen to a clear ,defined and excellent heavy prog . A very mature album Beautiful songs.. Near a masterpiece in heavy prog ...so I want to prize Opeth.. 5 stars

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 Pale Communion by OPETH album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.19 | 208 ratings

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Pale Communion
Opeth Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by DeepPurplePL

5 stars Opeth - even if this is not mighty Heavy Metal any more, it is their right to progress. Opeth dare to move into uncharted music territories which means to me they are still "alive" and kicking. As a big fan of Deep Purple I hear some bits of Purple heritage on this album, especially in terms of keyboard work. I am more and more addicted to Pale Communion, it is dynamically "growing" every day. Fantastic hard rock, progressive journey offered by Opeth. I understand fans of growl that may be disappointed, but on the other hand Opeth do not follow Dream Theater, example of stagnation and lack of creativity. I have just realized, that Opeth are quickly climbing on my personal list of favourite bands. Welcome to top 10. In times when bands earn little if anything from selling albums, it is the effort and achievement I respect.

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 Pale Communion by OPETH album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.19 | 208 ratings

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Pale Communion
Opeth Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Metalstrm

5 stars Bravo! This is a pleasant surprise. To me, Opeth were a quickly fading star with their release of Watershed, and they only clinched it with that disjointed musical smorgasbord Heritage. Now this, a beautiful return to form. And what form.

Gone are the growls of yore and the emphasis is on relatively quiet yet fully dynamic prog passages that still embrace the evil thread of their older music. Expect to hear a lot of Mellotron and Hammond. It could almost be a 70s prog offering if you take out the hifi mixing. Someone mentioned that it's a tad too bass-heavy. I have to say the kick does sound overpowering at times, but the rest of the mix is crystalline.

There aren't any obviously weak tracks here, but the last two, Voice of Treason and Faith in Others are my clear favorites. Cusp of Eternity is memorable too.

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 Orchid by OPETH album cover Studio Album, 1995
3.20 | 460 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 | 1175 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 | 970 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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