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Ranking favourite bands: Opeth Discography

Ranking the studio albums from my favourite band, Opeth, based on my personal preferences, of course. All studio albums hitherto (16/07/2019) published by the band are included.
12Opeth
Orchid


When it comes to the production and overall musicianhship as well as compositional structure, this album feels most subpar relative to Opeth's later work. However it does contain some excellent tracks and set the stage for what was to come from this amazing band.
11Opeth
Heritage


This album can, in many ways, be seen as a transitional album, between the Blackwater Park era of Opeth and the new progressive rock era. The album can at times feel somewhat unoriginal or awkardly composed. Then again, it also contains some excellently tracks, like the lyrically nietzschean Devil's Orchard.
10Opeth
Pale Communion


Although this album can feel somewhat derivative at times, somewhat repetitive at other times and has some forgettable tracks, it still packs an emotional punch. Moreover, the later stages of the album have some amazing moments to offer.
9Opeth
Morningrise


Although the production on this album isn't amazing and it to me in no way reaches the hights of the subsequent Opeth era, with albums such as Still life and Blackwater Park, this still contains some steller tracks. From the profoundly beatiful To Bid You Farewell to the epic Black Rose Immortal. Splendid work.
8Opeth
Sorceress


My favourite album of the so-called Post-Opeth era, where the band moved on from their traditional blend of death metal and progressive rock, to an exclusively nostalgic prossive rock sound. This album, although I have some reservations about the production, still contains some excellent tracks.
7Opeth
Damnation


I managed to get my mother into (some of) Opeth by inveilgling her into purchasing this album. It is indeed so agonizingly sorrowful yet depressingly beatiful. The lyrics pack a real emotional punch, the haunting melodies, Akerfeldts folksy vocals. Simply stunning.
6Opeth
Watershed


One of the most experimental albums in Opeth's discography. It features some of astounding drum work by Axenrot and some amazingly creative compositions. Moreover, Heir Apparent still has one of the most entertaining and brutal moments ever in an Opeth song. Just such an entertaining album overall. Which it had been longer...
5Opeth
Deliverance


An often berated album, and unfairly so in my humble opinion. It is so depressingly brutal in every way man. It features some of the most brutal riffes Akerfeldt has ever written, some of the his most haunting vocal work and some of the best drumming Opeth has ever released, especially in regard to a certain outro.
4Opeth
My Arms, Your Hearse


One of the better concept albums ever created. The vocals are so well executed, the lyrics are so creatively composed, I could gush forever more. Also, Demon Of The Fall man, that song gives me the absolute chills every time its ghastly chords grace my ears. Fantastic stuff.
3Opeth
Ghost Reveries


I recently listened to this album again, and the experience ratified this albums standing as an absolute masterpiece. It's so hauntingly brutal, melancholic and dejectingly beatiful. From the brutal intro to Ghost of Perdition to the final fleeting moments of Isolation Years the hair on my body is permanently stuck in an upward position. So good...
2Opeth
Still Life


Again an undisputed masterpiece in my opinion. As a concept album it's one of the finest works ever created. The lyrical content is excellently construed, the compositions are brilliant, the opening track The Moor is a prime example of this, and the vocals as well as the overall musicianship are beyond splendid.
1Opeth
Blackwater Park


This album is simply a masterpiece in every way. The riffs are fantastic, the lyrics poetically sophisticated and extremely appropriate, the compositional structures brilliant and the vocals both hauntingly brutal and beatifully sorrowful. It's the very best of Opeth and some of the very best in (progressive) metal overall.
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