Opeth
Blackwater Park


5.0
classic

Review

by HoudiniLogic USER (2 Reviews)
January 16th, 2008 | 81 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Opeth's Blackwater Park is more than just 8 songs on a compact disc, its the true definition of what a masterpiece is.

When I had first found out about Opeth about 3 years ago, I had heard nothing about the band. After looking up some information about them, I decided to go out and buy an album of theirs. Blackwater Park was the one I chose, mostly due to the incredible reviews and praise it recieved. My first listen to the whole album made me wonder exactly what made the album what it was up to be. Weeks later and a heap of more listens lead me to realize the incredible talent and musicianship that is present throughout the album. To this day, even now having listened to every Opeth album a good amount of times, I still consider this their best album to date and I'm sure many people will agree with me. Reviewing all 8 tracks would be to long because they all have their own amazing way of opening emotions up to the listener. So instead of reviewing all 8 thoroughly, I thought of just reviewing the opening track in its entirety and giving a short description of each remaining track. Well, on to the review.

Silence lingers for the first couple of seconds which evolves into an evil discording melody furthermore turning into an all out evil array of pounding guitar chords, bass and drums all being controlled by Akerfeldt's bone chilling screams and growls. This just about describes the first two and a half minutes of Blackwater Park's first track The Leper Affinity. A catchy guitar hook is followed that leads into a breathtaking solo, one of Opeth's best yet for sure. Another catchy guitar riff follows accompanied by Lopez's outstanding drumming. About halfway into the song, it starts to soften a bit into a more melodic atmospheric tone. Acoustic guitars fill your speakers with Akerfeldt's calming and soothing clean voice, but only for so long. Distorted guitars once again build up into another passage of Akerfeldts shrieks and growls. After an impressive shriek by Akerfeldt, the band once again never fails to let up on the madness. Drums and guitars fill the air once again which eventually leads to a soft yet haunting piano melody, thus ending the track.

All of these pulse pounding and moody moments are present on just the opening track.
Bleak seems to be more of an experimental kind of song. A groove is present throughout most of the track which is ridden with incredible work from each instrument and well done clean vocals and growls (as always). If you're looking for a track that easy to listen to, then this is the one for you.

Onward to Harvest, a fan favorite and its easy to see why. A softer turn for the better. Acoustic guitars give off a sense of ambience and relief as drums soften and the bass becomes more of a devastating force. Once again, Mikaels voice shines as the whole band gives you a track that lets you know that they can work magic in many different ways.

The Drapery Falls, this track seemed to get the most mainstream attention. This song is pretty much an eleven minute festival of many elements of Opeth's style. Words can not really describe this track. A must listen

Dirge For November gets right into portraying a vivid and lively image in your head, thanks to Akerfeldts' brillant lyrics. This song for the most part, has nothing new. Its still an outstanding track. But to me, it seems as if theres nothing in particular to point out.

An lone eerie acoustic guitar riff sets the tone for the next track, The Funeral Portrait. Before you know it, distorted guitars hit you with full force until each instrument makes it way into the track and stays there leaving you only wanting to listen to more. The track continues to unfold until something amazing strikes you. Mikael peforms a spectacular vocal performance towards the end of the song. Right after followed by a guitar solo which than leaves you eventually leaves you listening to a fading guitar riff.

Patterns In The Ivy. It not pack the lengthy punch its fellow tracks have seemed to have and it drops the drums and bass but it makes up for it with its unbelievable guitar hooks and piano melody which seems to be the driving force in this song. An amazing track throughout.

The last track of the album, Blackwater Park is only as epic as the listener makes it out to be. Now, in my case, its pretty damn epic. Opeth once again uses its ability to manipulate your emotions by pounding away evil chords and drum beats. A couple of minutes into the song and your left with various background noises and a lone clean guitar melody which is eventually succeeded by an acoustic loop. Terrifying shrieks and vocals come into play once again as an almost Mid-Eastern style guitar solo comes into form. More of Akerfeldt's signature growls and shrieks lead to another acoustic interlude. As the track ends, so does the album.

An album this brilliant needs to be listened to many times to get the full use out of it. Opeth has seemed to create a masterpiece here and should be listened. Since its very hard to classify Opeth's genre, I'd say anyfan of progressive should give this a shot. While surpassing almost every element of rock that is displayed, Opeth proves to be not only one of the most innovative bands of all time but also one of the most talented.


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HoudiniLogic
January 15th 2008


19 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Hey all, this is my first review so go a little easy one me
thanks !

NOTINTHEFACE
January 16th 2008


1653 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Good review, albeit unnecessary. You describe the sound quite well, you just need to work on your writing and flow a bit more. Still, good for a first review.
This album is the definition of masterpiece.

BallsToTheWall
January 16th 2008


44786 Comments


This album dissapointed me. Good album yet I enjoy Ghost Reveries more Bleak, Harvest and The Drapery Falls are pretty cool though.

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Crimson
January 16th 2008


1935 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Not a masterpiece, utterly disappointing compared to the amount of praise it gets from this site.
Not a bad review, better than my first at least, but I'll say what no doubt many others will say, stay away from track by tracks, try to give an overall summary of the album instead, maybe describing one or two songs to back up your opinion.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
January 16th 2008


16466 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Unnecessary review. Opeth's best album though. "The Drapery Falls" is easily their finest song.

Wizard
January 16th 2008


19607 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Really awkward wording. This review was not necessary at all. We all know this albums owns hard.

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JumpTheF**kUp
January 16th 2008


2713 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Review was overly fanboyish, and there was some awkward phrasing but overall your grammar, spelling and punctuation are okay. I'd suggest reading some of the staff and contributing reviewers' reviews to get a feel of how to write an overall review rather than a TBT and then attempting one of those. If that doesn't work or you just like writing TBT's then go ahead. Just keep contributing and whatnot without being a complete douche and you should be right :thumb:

Also I agree with the rating and Balls how can you like all of that shitty metal and not like The Leper Affinity. Are you deaf perchance?This Message Edited On 01.16.08

HighandDriving
January 16th 2008


3288 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Do we really need another Blackwater Park review?

I guess so, decent first review.

BallsToTheWall
January 16th 2008


44786 Comments


Yes, im deaf, besides, i'd rather listen to my shit metal any day. This is a good album, might up to 3.5 max. I really like Harvest and Bleak alone, Leper Affinity is good just not a favorite.

botb
January 16th 2008


9757 Comments


Pretty solid review for your first. hell of a lot better than the one I wrote. Welcome to sputnik This Message Edited On 01.16.08

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rasputin
January 16th 2008


14555 Comments


This album is severely overrated. A 4 is a generous rating.

Bfhurricane
January 16th 2008


6197 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

For a first review this is on the money. Nice work. You do come across a little fanboyish, but its not a problem, my first couple reeked of fanboyism.

Yazz_Flute
January 16th 2008


18847 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good review, especially for a first :thumb:

And this review was obviously submitted to counter deth's Damnation review.

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HoudiniLogic
January 16th 2008


19 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah, I agree that i come off fanboyish lol but this album just had a great impact on me. Thanks for the welcomings!

Wizard
January 16th 2008


19607 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I think this album had a huge impact on everyone too!

SCREAM!
January 16th 2008


10318 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I listened to this again and its defnately a good album but all the praise it gets here kinda makes it worse for me. I was expecting something amazing when i first listened t othis and it just didnt do it for me.
I'm with Balls.... Ghost Reveries>>>>Blackwater Park

Confessed2005
January 16th 2008


3314 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Okay first review.

Brilliant album. End of.

rasputin
January 16th 2008


14555 Comments


I don't believe Ghost Reveries is greater than Blackwater Park. There were more than a few moments on Ghost Reveries which I did not like at all, and the same with Blackwater Park. In the case of Still Life or My Arms, Your Hearse, however, I was drooling over every second of music.

Dethtrasher
January 16th 2008


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

*Looks at album and bandname and pukes

jrowa001
January 16th 2008


8750 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

my #1 album, but it's hard for me to say that because SL and MAYH are just as good as this album. i think it's because i listen to this one the most. i think i might just have a 3-way tie



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