Opeth
Deliverance


4.0
excellent

Review

by James Grant USER (14 Reviews)
November 23rd, 2013 | 86 replies | 1,789 views


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Mikael Akerfeldt.

10 of 18 thought this review was well written

Opeth are a band that everyone knows about, especially on sputnikmusic. They didn't get their reputation from nowhere, with such releases as 'My Arms, Your Hears', 'Morningrise', 'Blackwater Park' and 'Still Life' it was only a matter of time before Opeth were gonna 'slip up'. Deliverance is definitely seen as that 'step down' for the band by many of their fans. But honestly, this thing still packs some serious riffs and is not the bore that most claim it to be.

Straight from the offset we have 'Wreath', a track that absolutely reeks of Morbid Angel. The main riff is basically Satan and showcases Opeth's ability to write a brutal riff perfectly. Coupled with this badass riff are Mikael Akerfeldt's vocals and oh my word, are they a force to be reckoned with. I sincerely think that Akerfeldt was sat in his apartment somewhere jamming 'Legion' or some *** and thought to himself: "Sure, Benton does sound like Satan but he's still p ***, I'm gonna Lucifer properly". Seriously, these vocals are the definition of 'low end'. After this monolith of riffery we have the title track. Not much to say here apart from THAT RIFF IS KILLING MY FAMILY. Opeth had never been this forceful at this point in their careers so some pants must have seriously been soiled when this single was released prior to the record coming out.

The record mainly follows on in the same vein: awesome punchy riffs, dynamic noodly drumming and Lucifer fueled vocals. There is, however, one oddity on this record and that is 'A Fair Judgement'. This track showcases Opeth's progressive tendencies very well as the track begins with very melancholy piano chords coupled with Akerfeldt's ovary inducing cleans. The song feels like a cosy cocoon of warmth until BOOM, RIFFS! After all, this is primarily a DM record so what were you expecting? Another 'Blackwater Park' with acoustic segments abound? Get outta here. Also, I gotta mention that pure Morbid Angel worship riff toward the end of this track, man it rules.

Just when you thought it couldn't get any better, 'Masters Apprentices' arrives and kicks you right where it hurts but in a really good way. Sure, the song may drag on for too long but there's so much chunk and low end present here that you just can't resist giving a 5/5. The album closes with 'By the Pain...' which is a pretty passable track by Opeth standards, but hell that standard is 10/10 for most bands.

At the end of the day, what we have here is Akerfeldt's love letter to Morbid Angel. Riffs that cause headbanging to ensue, awesome drumming from Lopez and the vocal performance of Lucifer himself front and center. There are better Opeth albums for sure, but this is the perfect one to jam if you can't find your 1st press vinyl of 'Altars of Madness'.



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BigPleb
November 22nd 2013



28602 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah I can't review but best band of all time and I'm drunk m/

MO
November 22nd 2013



17367 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

error in first sentence learn to spll

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KILL
November 22nd 2013



67082 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

hel yea

MO
November 22nd 2013



17367 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

error in summary. Error in first sentence lern 2 spll

FiveLeavesLeft
Staff Reviewer
November 22nd 2013



7876 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I feel like I set off a chain reaction of reviews for this thing

demigod!
November 22nd 2013



40970 Comments


m/


BigPleb
November 22nd 2013



28602 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Error in whole review dude.

Relinquished
November 22nd 2013



22391 Comments


i mean yeah anyone CAN write

demigod!
November 22nd 2013



40970 Comments


this is like a more structured and less apathetic kill review nice

BigPleb
November 22nd 2013



28602 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I was waiting for 'stop trying to copy kill omg' comments to flood through lol.

Tried to add a different touch but it was flowing out real smooth.

KILL
November 22nd 2013



67082 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

agreed on the octave chord riffs are very MA but damn are these some fookin long winded songs

oresttt
November 22nd 2013



732 Comments


Weeee, James wrote a review.

BigPleb
November 22nd 2013



28602 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah for sure man but I'm a sucker for Opeth and some of these riffs kill hard.

This is gonna get neg'd hard.

MO
November 22nd 2013



17367 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nah but seriously good rating

BigPleb
November 22nd 2013



28602 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah I decided I actually love this record, vocals are just otherworldly good.

NeroCorleone80
November 22nd 2013



26871 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Pos'd because its a positive Opeth review

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climactic
November 22nd 2013



17270 Comments


master's apprentices and the last song kill this album imo

KILL
November 22nd 2013



67082 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

masters bridge and beyond rule i reckon

BigPleb
November 22nd 2013



28602 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pain's weird vox fx are quite lame but the riffs are good.

Masters fucking rocks.

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
November 22nd 2013



7205 Comments


I suggest you proofread this hard James. You're first paragraph in particular needs lots of work.

But you said you were drunk so I'm not surprised it turned out like this haha

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