Opeth
Blackwater Park


5.0
classic

Review

by Arkaik USER (4 Reviews)
July 23rd, 2013 | 132 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Amazing.

Every Opeth album could essentially be summed up as a seemingly random collection of emotions expressed through some of the most bizarre and yet fantastic musical accomplishments out there. This is a band that, since the beginning of their career with Orchid, has sought to break boundaries previously untouched within the realms of music, combining extreme metal with progressive music to create some of the best experiences in the music world. Where they hit their peak is often debated among fans and music critics alike, with the three albums most often being listed as their best being My Arms Your Hearse, Still Life and Blackwater Park. No matter which of these three is your personal favorite, it is hard to deny the musical majesty of any of them.

Blackwater Park is an album that holds strong significance to me as a person. Prior to hearing this beautiful work of art, I was lost in a sea of hard rock music such as Thin Lizzy and without the guidance of this release, I would perhaps never have found the wonders of extreme metal nor of progressive rock. I feel as though I am not the only person this album spoke to either. Before the release of this album, Opeth were a band that were yet to release "that release" - the release that would shoot them onto the musical radar of many people. This is among their most successful releases and was the album that got so many people into Opeth, and with good reason. It is not a particularly short release, but in its running time this album takes you on an adventure unlike any other.

It kicks things off with the brutal and gorgeous The Leper Affinity, a staple song in "best of Opeth" lists for a good reason. As one of the longest tracks on Blackwater Park, this number could easily have descended into being a mindless snooze-fest of constantly adjusting time signatures and morphing instrumental work as many Dream Theater songs have done so, but it does not. This track is never devoid of excitement, from the incredible clean vocals of Mikael Akerfeldt that populate some sections to the brutal moments like the introduction (after a thirty second fade-in). Opeth are a band that has a habit of making long songs work, as they prove once again with Bleak and the title track. Bleak opens and closes with some of the most brutal and intricate riffing on this album, setting the bar high for guitar work in progressive metal. However, the middle section of this song is a gorgeous bluesy part. The title track is the exact same, structure-wise, except with no clean singing.

Blackwater Park is a fantastic release that I recommend to everyone for the simple fact it is so different throughout. Harvest and Dirge For November are two great mood-inducing tracks whereas the title track in particularly shows off a brutal side of this bands music. check this.


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    ImTheOnlyThugInTheBuildin (5)
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    Brendan Schroer (5)
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    Tom Gellatly (4)
    Opeth's first foray into the 21st century saw them drawing together everything they'd atte...

  • Kevin K (5)
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    crometeef (5)
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    AvantKiller (5)
    A comprehensive, admirable, good taste, Heavy Metal response to the Progressive Rock of th...

    interviewer02 (2.5)
    Heavy Metal's most overrated album by Heavy Metal's most overrated band....

  • Eternalnow (5)
    A fantastic progressive metal masterpiece...

    HoudiniLogic (5)
    Opeth's Blackwater Park is more than just 8 songs on a compact disc, its the true definiti...

    Alex Silveri EMERITUS (3)
    Blackwater Park - an amazing evocation of musical styles that in the end, simply dosn't li...

    Steven Moore (5)
    Blackwater park was the first opeth album I ever got and I will never grow tired of listen...

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Comments:Add a Comment 
Keyblade
July 23rd 2013


15009 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is an excellent review. Pretty much how I felt about this album 4 years ago. Don't jam it much in recent times sadly.

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tempest--
July 23rd 2013


13895 Comments


so who are you getting to write these reviews for you, skele???

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
July 23rd 2013


14726 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"Prior to hearing this beautiful work of art, I was lost in a sea of hard rock music such as Thin
Lizzy"

Jesus Christ, how horrifying D:

fuckk

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BigPleb
July 23rd 2013


37082 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Nice review, pos.

Didn't really need need another review, however.

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tempest--
July 23rd 2013


13895 Comments


wtf jac thin lizzy rock

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
July 23rd 2013


14726 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thbbbt

NeroCorleone80
July 23rd 2013


29282 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

m/

tempest--
July 23rd 2013


13895 Comments


r u an alien

Arkaik
July 23rd 2013


33 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

lol im not skele, yesterday you were claiming kaarnival was skele as well. who next? maybe KILL?

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
July 23rd 2013


31358 Comments


Except for the fact that you are, in fact, Skele

So I mean there's that...

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Keyblade
July 23rd 2013


15009 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

fucking lol

NeroCorleone80
July 23rd 2013


29282 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You'd think skele would at least use a different computer

Arkaik
July 23rd 2013


33 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Prove that im skele

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
July 23rd 2013


31358 Comments


Would you like me to post your IP address or your email?

NeroCorleone80
July 23rd 2013


29282 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Strange how you just joined recently, yet you're acting like you've been here months

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
July 23rd 2013


31358 Comments



You'd think skele would at least use a different computer


Actually he is running off a new IP, he was just fucking stupid enough to use the same address with his Dragonheartstring account

ViperAces
July 23rd 2013


12466 Comments


"lol im not skele, yesterday you were claiming kaarnival was skele as well. who next? maybe KILL?"

lol

tempest--
July 23rd 2013


13895 Comments


also the reviews are clearly written by someone else because on the Master of Puppets review, it says, and I quote (or, and I copy/paste):

"Master Of Puppets has some of the most instantly recognizable riffs in thrash metal"

He's British, and he spelt "recognisable" with a z.
INFALLIBLE PROOF.

demigod!
July 23rd 2013


44721 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

album almost sucks

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BigPleb
July 23rd 2013


37082 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Bit low dem!



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