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Opeth Ranked

Haven't come across a ranking that I agree with yet, so I thought I'd share my take on it.
Pale Communion

Heavier than predecessor Heritage, but also cheesier. Too many forced vocal lines and paying tribute to progressive rock weakens this release a bit. Choice cuts would be Eternal Rains Will Come and Elysian Woes. 3.3/5

This takes a lot of time to grow on you, but once you give it a chance it's actually pretty good. Haxprocess has a beautiful ending guitar solo, and Folklore is endlessly intriguing. The album as a whole is very warm sounding and adventurous. 3.5/5

Windowpane is one of the best songs they ever wrote, but after the first half, this begins to dip in quality ever so slightly. 3.7/5

Drags in some places, and sacrifices some complexity in favor of speed and aggression. Not the strongest, but a great effort nonetheless. 3.7/5

Doesn't flow very well, and Porcelain Heart is far from bad, but one of their weakest songs to date. Watershed shifts the band's sound into a softer, and creepier, approach. Burden and Coil are beautiful, Hex Omega sees them experimenting in previously unexplored territory, and Heir Apparent is one of their best songs. 3.8/5

The songwriting is all over the place, but still a masterful debut nonetheless. The quieter moments and acoustic guitar lines are some of their best. 4/5

The bookend tracks are the best on here, the middle is great too but features a few flaws in songwriting and flow. Black Rose Immortal isn't perfect, but still a band highlight. 4/5
Ghost Reveries

The best introduction to the band. This balances their extreme metal sound with softer progressive rock the best. It unfortunately drags in four of the song's endings, but the album exhibits a wonderfully gothic atmosphere throughout. None of their material after this album has topped this, and it is doubtful they ever will. 4.3/5
My Arms, Your Hearse

An amazing evolution from Morningrise, and one of their only albums that doesn't drag. You can't beat that April Ethereal outro either. 4.5/5
Still Life

Still Life bridges My Arms, Your Hearse with Blackwater Park. What results is their finest album of that decade, and some of their best songs: White Cluster, Face of Melinda, and Moonlapse Vertigo. 4.8/5
Blackwater Park

Incredible, and features some of their finest cuts. Most Opeth fans agree that this is their best album, as well as my introduction to their music. I was blown away by the stunning beauty and crushing brutality working together so well. It also introduced me to a whole new approach in listening to music. Blackwater Park is a masterful triumph of what metal can be. 5/5
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