Opeth
Blackwater Park


5.0
classic

Review

by Kit Brown USER (73 Reviews)
December 30th, 2005 | 78 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It's almost worth the mounds of hyperbolic claims it receives.

Opeth - Blackwater Park

Opeth, as most metal fans know, have become infamous in their scene. They've achieved a status that most bands would never even dream of, and they're still going strong to this day. Opeth has a very loyal fanbase and they're constantly getting new ones as well. While I love every album that Opeth has released, if you asked me to pick one single album, it would have to be Blackwater Park. This is the band's most critically acclaimed album and is by far their most amazing. There isn't a single part on this album where I find myself wanting to change songs. The band also got Steven Wilson from progressive band Porcupine Tree to produce this and also come in with some piano parts and vocals. This album is simply amazing in every sense of the word.

Opeth was at this time:
Mikael Akerfeldt- Guitars and Vocals
Peter Lindgren- Guitars
Martin Mendez- Bass
Martin Lopez- Drums and Percussion

with guest appearanes by:
Steven Wilson- Vocals and Keyboards

What was good about this album:
-- The musical technicality. Opeth's last four albums certainly impressed me when I listened to them, but this one set the standard for the band even higher. There are plenty of difficult riffs in just about all of their songs and some very fast drumming on occasion. The band also will use key and time signature changes in their songs too. A perfect example of this would be in "The Leper Affinity".

-- Mikael's vocal ability. His growls are well known as being very low and gutteral, but that's where most vocalists stop. He goes beyond what is required and also has an amazing clean voice too. He also balances them equally so neither of them become stale and boring.

-- Opeth is able to mix heavy and light perfectly. If you've heard any song by this band, you've probably experienced that before. In just about every song they do, there's a heavy part and then an acoustic break with soft vocals that can't help but make my jaw drop to the floor. The best example of balancing these two styles of music would be in "Bleak". The opening part of the song is pretty heavy with Mikael's sustained death growls, and then Steven Wilson comes in with his clean vocals that take the song in a new direction. After that we have somewhat of a blues sounding interlude, and then back to the rest of the song. It's simply stunning.

-- This album is very memorable and you'll be listening to it for a very long time. Even after you've listened to it alot, you won't get bored of it and you'll find yourself coming back for yet another listen.

What was bad about this album:
-- It's sad knowing that after hearing this, all other Opeth albums can't compare. While they are still superb albums, none compare to the sheer greatness that is Blackwater Park.

-- The rhythm section doesn't get too much time to shine. When they do it's great, but I'd like to hear a little more parts where the bass can play some cool grooves or the drums get to have more quick fills. This is barely a setback, but it is one nontheless.

-- I wished that "Patterns in the Ivy I" was a longer song. For the time it plays, it's very cool, but the song only lasts for under two minutes. If it became maybe a three or four minute song with a longer piano solo then it would easily be a highlight of the album.

Highlights:
All of them. This album is practically flawless.

This album is simply stunning and could quite possibly be the greatest album of the new millenium. You don't even have to enjoy this album if you're a metal fan. I know plenty of people who don't listen to metal and love Opeth for their clean sections. If you have to pick out one Opeth album to listen to, this is the one. It will blow your mind.

Thor



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masada
December 30th 2005


2733 Comments


"The Leper Affinity" is the only track on here that I consider great. The rest are decent enough.This Message Edited On 12.30.05

Jawaharal
December 30th 2005


1832 Comments


How are Opeth infamous?

The rest of the album sucks compared to The Leper Affinity.

Neoteric
December 30th 2005


3243 Comments


I'll say it again, love the format.

Dancin' Man
December 30th 2005


719 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Calling them technically good musicians is a stretch. They are all proficient and good enough to play everythign they write, but they aren't particularly amazing, aside from Mikaels voice which is really unique in it's range.

The songs usually stretch on way too long and get boring.

Dried Muffin Remnants
December 30th 2005


297 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Dude, they are clearly technically good... And the drummer is exceptional.

masada
December 30th 2005


2733 Comments


[quote=Fast Fingers]The songs usually stretch on way too long and get boring.[/quote]

Exactly.

Killtacular
December 30th 2005


1314 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Everything on the album pales in comparison to the title track.

And Dirge for November and Funeral Portrait aren't that good.

This is Opeth's fourth best album.

Dried Muffin Remnants
December 30th 2005


297 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

That "songs are way too long" thing is very true.This Message Edited On 12.30.05

Ace_of_Bass2112
December 30th 2005


257 Comments


good review Thor. I can never decide which Opeth album is my favorite it always seems to go in cycles.

Drappery falls is my favorite track not only off of blackwater park but out of all of Opeths songs

Dried Muffin Remnants
December 30th 2005


297 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Leper Affinity, BWP, and Bleak are the best tracks. Drapery Falls bores me, as does Harvest.

Ace_of_Bass2112
December 30th 2005


257 Comments


Harvest is a bit of a let down, but hey i could never really get into bleak even though everyone seems to love it to death.

Shadows
Moderator
December 30th 2005


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

I fucking love Harvest. The only song here I couldn't get into was Bleak.

Mikael is an incredible acoustic guitarist. His finger picking can get really difficult at times.

Riley12988
December 30th 2005


109 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I get into the whole damned thing. But it's still not a 5-star album.

Cravinov13
December 30th 2005


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

No, Opeth deserves the popularity, and are by far better then most of the other Gothenburg bands. There are only two reasons not to like Opeth 1) don't like growling (mainly any none metal fan) and/ or 2) do not like long songs.

Riley12988
December 30th 2005


109 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's pretty much the same. There are many fanboys. The critics are few, but they are harsh. Usually, you'll have four or five metalheads all talking about how good Opeth is, and one will walk up and say how overrated they are.

Shattered_Future
December 30th 2005


1541 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Opeth are gaining popularity...I'm not sure if the whole metal community knows about them yet, but Ghost Reveries IS being sold at Hot Topic. I think that's a sign of them gaining fans.

Anyway...Blackwater Park. My favorite Opeth album. The riffage on this throughout is evil as hell, Mikael's vocals are ungodly (he's one of my favorite male singers), and every member of the band shines in one way or another.

Yet this isn't perfect? Why?

Some of the songs I just cannot get into...The Drapery Falls, mainly. Some of their songs DO drag on for too long as well...

The enourmity of this release cannot be understated though. This is a great, great album that everyone should own.

Dried Muffin Remnants
December 30th 2005


297 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The songs go on too long sometimes, but the vocals are superb as is the musicianship.

Jawaharal
December 30th 2005


1832 Comments


Aren't they one of those bands that are disproportionately popular on mx than the metal community at large?

Ya.

Cravinov13
December 30th 2005


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

One good thing about Opeth is it's never really the same, even from album to album, as well as song to song.

Jawaharal
December 30th 2005


1832 Comments


One good thing about Opeth is it's never really the same, even from album to album, as well as song to song.

I think all of their albums are very similar.



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