Opeth
Deliverance


4.0
excellent

Review

by GodL1ke USER (8 Reviews)
January 10th, 2011 | 39 replies | 6,107 views


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Opeth have gone all out in terms of brutality for this album, and in most parts, have elegantly succeeded.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Even though this album was written to be their pure heavy album in contrast to Damnation, it is no way an only death metal record. There are lots of soft moments in their music that sound very natural, just like their usual transitions. The only difference in the approach Opeth had for this album (other than heaviness) was the touch of evil in their lyrics. By this I mean to say musically the band is the same as it was for Blackwater Park but lyrical themes have been shifted from a sad note to an angry, evil note. The album art is perfect in this sense for the album that it conveys everything about the music.

The opening song 'Wreath' is one of the heaviest songs Opeth have ever recorded. It's a fast upbeat song although one of the less melodic ones. Even though this can be considered one of their actual death metal songs, it does have its softer moments. For example, the use of the tabla just before the aggressive guitar solo really highlights Opeth's skills at using beautifully working contrasts in between their music. Akerfeldt here also uses imagery which is more reminiscent of classic death metal songs rather than something which would be found on an Opeth record such as
"familiar children's laughter
dissonant and out of time
and their eyes are dead."

Then plays the title track, the very sinister sounding Deliverance. It is not only the lyrics or the music that make this song really evil, but Akerfeldt had really gotten into the character of a dangerous, deranged guy for this one. The lyrics are just beautiful, describing very accurately and vividly the intentions and actions taking place. The highlight of Deliverance then kicks in with Martin Lopez's drumming outro.
Also, for this song at least, Akerfeldt chose to growl using a certain rhythmic pattern rather than letting the words flow the way they used to. This achieves the effect of more popular death metal but at the same time makes it sound a little pretentious. Looking at these moments, Deliverance didn't manage to be as great as the likes of Still Life, or Blackwater Park.

By The Pain I See In Others is a brilliant closing track to the album. Akerfeldt experiments with varied growls over an acoustic riff in this song, achieving a very nice sounding effect. The various transitions that have been used here are very enjoyable and they seem to seamlessly flow into each other. The acoustic transition to the death metal blastbeats and killer riffs at 8:16 is the most notable one.

The peak moment of this album, imo, lies in the song 'A Fair Judgment'. Unlike the other songs on this record, the song starts slow with a keyboard intro. Although this song does not showcase any growls, it is a very heavy track. The acoustic interlude is beautifully written and sounds like magic to the ears. Akerfeldt once again proves that he is one of the best there is for those soft, emotional guitar solos. The song peaks after the short solo when the guitars are taken to another level and in my opinion, one of Opeth's finest guitar solos is lashed at you. A sudden transition leads to another verse repeat and then unknowingly into the outro of the realization of your doom. The music paints the bleak images in synergy with the lyrics, a characteristic Opeth seems to have mastered since Morningrise.

This album, however, employs more repetition of riffs and verses than previous Opeth albums. This may make it a little monotonous to a few listeners but the key to enjoying these songs is going with the lyrics. For example, in Master's Apprentices the first riff drags on for a lot of time but the lyrics constantly keep adding something new to the imagery of hopelessness. This is the only way to enjoy their music completely as their poetic lyrics are part of what differentiates them from other death metal bands.

Overall, this album has many enjoyable riffs and guitar solos. As always, Mikael Akerfeldts clean vocals are a joy to listen to over the chaotic guitar riffs. Martin Lopez's drumming is also at his peak throughout the album, constantly innovating and contributing to an already excellent record. It makes for an awesome headbanging experience and also plucks our emotional chords at the same time.



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Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
January 10th 2011



18250 Comments


Ugh this band.

Your review reads kind of track by trackish, which is sort of a no no here. And you should take out slang like "imo", it looks tacky. Other than that, it was pretty well written.

Digging: Syndrone - Salmataxia

Hawks
January 10th 2011



35463 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dammit Hyperion and your Opeth hate lol.

Digging: Sun Worship - Elder Giants

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
January 10th 2011



18250 Comments


Haha, hey, i enjoy some of Blackwater Park, but that's about it.

Btw, awesome dig.

beefshoes
January 10th 2011



3432 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Easily their worst album.
Title track slays though.

Cenotaph
January 10th 2011



8 Comments


calling any Opeth album brutal is a bit eh

DoctorNurse
January 10th 2011



475 Comments


Id put this as a joint 3rd along with Ghost Reveries and MAYH

BassDemon333
January 10th 2011



3359 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This + Damnation = their best work by far. I love this album, Masters Apprentices is amazing.

Hawks
January 10th 2011



35463 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haha, hey, i enjoy some of Blackwater Park, but that's about it.

Btw, awesome dig.

Guess everyone can't love them lol. But thanks man. Just finishing up that album now.

GhostOvPerdition
January 10th 2011



132 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Just a few suggestions because your wording is a bit strange sometimes.

"The album art is perfect in this sense for the album that it conveys everything about the music."
-maybe try, "the album art is perfect in the sense that it conveys every aspect of opeth's music", or something to that effect.

"...really highlights Opeth's skills at using beautifully working contrasts in between their music."
-the ly suffix in beautifully and the word "between" are unnecessary in that sentence, it would sound better if you cut them out.

"The lyrics are just beautiful, describing very accurately and vividly the intentions and actions taking place. The highlight of Deliverance then kicks in with Martin Lopez's drumming outro."
-This sounds just a bit vague and awkward, you talk about the lyrics and then suddenly start talking about the outro. It doesn't flow all that well.

But all in all, I liked this review and I love this album. Pos'd.

climactic
January 10th 2011



18644 Comments


album is god mode besides the last song

sifFlammable
January 10th 2011



2741 Comments


"The only difference in the approach Opeth had for this album (other than heaviness) was the touch of evil in their lyrics. By this I mean to say musically the band is the same as it was for Blackwater Park but lyrical themes have been shifted from a sad note to an angry, evil note."

These lines r a bit meh. Maybe I feel so because you're only comparing BWP to this, not the rest of opeth's discography, because there's been plenty of 'angry/evil' lyrical themed songs before (demon of the fall!!!!). Or maybe I feel so because they r just clumsily worded.
You could simply say that this album focuses more on the lyrical themes of evil than the rest of opeth's discography, for instance.

Personally don't think we needed another opeth review, especially not a track-by-track, but all in all, good review (for a first too)

Wizard
January 10th 2011



19308 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I L1ke this God and his love of the Peth.

Digging: Downer - Downer

climactic
January 10th 2011



18644 Comments


no

climactic
January 10th 2011



18644 Comments


prob judas priest

GhostOvPerdition
January 10th 2011



132 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

and the dumbest user comment of the year goes to ^^

climactic
January 10th 2011



18644 Comments


why dude

GhostOvPerdition
January 10th 2011



132 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i was actually aiming for the guy above you, who compared these guys to slipknot and diamond head. But comparing them to judas priest is ridiculous as well.

and yeah my name is a joke. especially the OV part.


sifFlammable
January 11th 2011



2741 Comments


ur cool can i have ur autograph

GodL1ke
January 11th 2011



804 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks overall . yeah i know a fucked up a bit in the wording thing, i don't know why i wrote it off in a hurry..should have proof read it.

but i really wouldn't agree with opeth not being brutal. the parts of their songs which are meant to be brutal really live up to their mark.

Crimson Death
January 11th 2011



533 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Title track is one of my favorite songs of all time, I agree with the first post though as far as the review goes. Album is, well, "superb".



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