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Ranking favourite bands: Opeths Discography

Ranking the studio albums from my favourite band, Opeth, based on my personal preferences, of course. All studio albums hitherto (27/09/2019) published by the band are included.

When it comes to the production and overall musicianhship as well as compositional structures, 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.

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. Unfortunately, the album can, at times, feel somewhat unoriginal or awkardly composed, as well as somewhate derivative. Then again, it also contains some excellently tracks, like the lyrically nietzschean Devil's Orchard.
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, with fantastic drumming and exceedingly interesting compositional structures.

My second favourite album of the so-called Post-Death-Metal 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.

Although the production on this album isn't amazing and it to me in no way reaches the hights of the subsequent Opeth releases, with albums such as Still life and Blackwater Park, this still contains some stellar tracks from the profoundly beautiful To Bid You Farewell to the epic Black Rose Immortal. Splendid work.
In Cauda Venenum

Opeth's latest release (at least at the time this list was last updated) and I do believe the finest of their proggresive rock saga. It features excellent, creative and eclectic compositions and instrumental contstructions, amazing soaring vocal work by M. Akerfeldt, powerful guitar and base playing, excellent orchestral sections, lovely piano interludes and interesting compositional structures, alongside very well-written lyrics. It is everything you would expect from an Opeth record at this point in time.

An often berated album, and unfairly so in my humble opinion. It is so depressingly brutal in every way. It features some of the most brutal riffs 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.

I managed to get my mother into (some of) Opeth by inveilgling her into purchasing this album. It is so agonizingly sorrowful yet depressingly beautiful. The lyrics pack a real emotional punch alongside the haunting guitar melodies and Akerfeldt's folksy vocals. Simply stunning.

One of the most experimental albums in Opeth's discography. It features some astounding drum work by Axenrot and some amazingly creative compositions. Moreover, Hessian Peel still has one of the most entertaining and well-construed Opeth songs. Just such an entertaining album overall. Whish it had been longer...
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.
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 beautiful. 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.
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.
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 beautifully sorrowful. It's the very best of Opeth and some of the very best in (progressive) metal overall.
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