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    Posted: November 25 2016 at 09:51
What are the best Opeth songs/albums to listen to if your not a fan of death metal? I can't stand death metal, but I've heard some more symphonic sounding Opeth songs which sound unbelievable!
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That means you're looking for the entirety of the albums DamnationHeritage, and Pale Communion. Very solid symph revival from Akerfeldt and Co, especially Communion.
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The new one, called Sorceress. This is superb. No growling. Total Prog blowout !!
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^ Unlike most bands with their one and only fanbase, OPETH appeal to different fanbases - those who lap up Death Metal, those who don't, and disciples of Steven Wilson. Such is their diversity. Back in 2003, I wouldn't go near an album with growls, but in the last few years, I've gotten used to them. Still don't 'love' them as such, but I wouldn't want anything else to the music behind them. Black Metal gives me nightmares, Death Metal doesn't !!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote A_Flower Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 25 2016 at 21:08
I will say that I fear if I get into Opeth, I will start to like Death Metal. I have no idea why but I don't want my future ipod to have a bunch of death metal instead of prog
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^ You can always have both !! For some inane reason, Death Metal is addictive
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OK, I was much in your position when I started getting interested into Opeth, so I can tell you which are the non-growling songs of theirs I got to love. First, "Closure" from Damnation... but not the studio version... for me it would be the live version from "Lamentations", that's the one (though I only got Lamentations on CD format because I got it on a box-set, otherwise I think you can only get it on DVD). Actually, the whole Damnation is growl-less, in case you hadn't found that out already, but in general the album didn't click with me, except for that song... still, Lamentations feature the whole Damnation album, and once again I find it better on it's live versions. Then I love "Burden" and "Folklore". Now, the whole list of growl-less songs that I like from them:
- Soldier of Fortune (Deep Purple cover).
- Remember Tomorrow (Iron Maiden cover).
- Would? (also cover, I just forgot the band).
- Den Standiga Resan (Marie Fredrikson - from Roxette fame - cover).
- Epilogue.
- Face of Melinda.
- Harvest.
- Patterns in the Ivy.
- A Fair Judgement.
- Windowpane.
- Closure.
- Ending Credits.
- Atonement.
- Coil.
- Burden.
- Porcelain Heart.
- Hex Omega.

And then begins the three new growl-less albums which have several songs that I like too... so far I have listened to the last one few times, but it seems bound to be my favourite overall album from them. I think I heard the song "To Bid you Farewell" online and liked it, but couldn't buy it individually because it was too long, and I wouldn't want to buy the whole album. Oh yeah, and to end my list, the only Opeth song with growls that I have come to like... and love, and which actually has become my favourite song from them, is "The Drapery Falls", once again the Lamentations version.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Tom Ozric Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 25 2016 at 22:23
Ghost Reveries and Blackwater Park have mostly growl vocals, but they are both amazing albums. Give them a chance.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Progmind Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 26 2016 at 20:19
I recommend Storm Corrosion, a great project of Steve Wilson and Akerfeldt (no growls here)

I really love "Still life" and "Blackwater Park", give them a chance, Akerfeldt its a great singer, Opeth never was a classic death metal act like Entombed, Dismember, grave, etc
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I started my prog life with Opeth. I also was not much into death metal, but I got used to it and I don't regret it at all and hey! Opeth listeners would agree, probably, that today's Michael is waaaay  far away from Death metal. Approve  They still stay in my priority list. This was my first. Heart

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Upbeat Tango Monday Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 26 2016 at 21:35
Watershed might be my favorite Opeth album. I've found the heavier albums to be proggier than the last releases. More vocal and instrumental variation, time signature changes, interesting riffs and melodic passages. The new albums lack variety in a way...you are expecting something to happen, but it never happens I do like them, though.
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Originally posted by A_Flower A_Flower wrote:

I will say that I fear if I get into Opeth, I will start to like Death Metal. I have no idea why but I don't want my future ipod to have a bunch of death metal instead of prog

Why not both? Death Metal and prog are awesome. My music collection contains Gentle Giant, Yes, and Rush along with Death, Arch Enemy, and Cancer. Become one with the metal. 
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Originally posted by Tom Ozric Tom Ozric wrote:

^ Unlike most bands with their one and only fanbase, OPETH appeal to different fanbases - those who lap up Death Metal, those who don't, and disciples of Steven Wilson. Such is their diversity. Back in 2003, I wouldn't go near an album with growls, but in the last few years, I've gotten used to them. Still don't 'love' them as such, but I wouldn't want anything else to the music behind them. Black Metal gives me nightmares, Death Metal doesn't !!

I'm similar, 10 years back wouldn't touch a song with growling, now have become more accommodating. A bit off topic but the main band that got me 'accepting' the growls was Italian Death Metal band Novembre, the melodies & atmosphere from their music is top class and helped me ease into the growling, although like Tom if I had a choice I prefer clean vocals but have learnt to appreciate the growls as another musical element.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Tom Ozric Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 01 2016 at 02:45
Currently spinning the latest Meshuggah album, and, I still think highly of Sorceress. But, as a 'blast from the past' been going back to VENOM, a band that struck me as quite 'extreme', especially in the late-80's. Their 'At War With Satan' release was fascinating to me (a Genesis, Maiden and Yes-head at the time) having constructed a vinyl 'side-long' piece of music. Now, going back to these 'buffoons' , Cronos and his cronies are a bunch of party animals that just wanted to take 'Rock Music' to the next step. Cronos (Conrad Lant - yeah, I'd rather be known as 'Cronos'......) is a dude, like him or not.......
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I think Pale Communion is the best so far.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Jeffro Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 05 2016 at 12:13
Originally posted by Quinino Quinino wrote:

The most pleasure comes from the hunting and finding, why would one want somebody else to do it for him, I ask myself...

I love to hunt around and explore but sometimes you like it if someone can at least point you in a direction. Sometimes, you don't know what you don't know. I've discovered so much wonderful music since I found Prog Archives. Never would have found most of it had I never come here.
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I'm not a fan of death metal as well, and from Opeth I love the albums Heritage and Pale Communion.
Also, the last album The Sorceress is quite good, although I don't like the way it was mastered.
But even if I'm not into metal, Blackwater Park is their masterpiece! Totally amazing. Try and listen the songs "Drapery Falls" and "Blackwater Park". Yes, there's a lot of growl, but they are very well composed.
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^ Agreed
I always return to Blackwater Park......
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My advice would be to just try an digest the growls on Still life - that album shines in its non-growl moments which will give you a lift after enduring the onslaught. Think of the growl parts as the storm that you have to endure, if you will, and then let those brilliant acoustic clean moments bring you up. That's how it's supposed to work anyway. BWP is the standard, but I feel it's high moments are mostly in Death metal, whereas Still Lifes high moments are in those melancholia packed clean passages.
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