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My Opeth Album's List WORST to BEST

Regarded as one of the finest Metal/Rock bands in recent memory, Opeth have the distinction of going from hard Metal to Alternative Rock and not losing their diehard fanbase in the process. Here is my list of their albums ranked from Worst to Best.

Despite it's heavier sound, Deliverance was really lacking as an overall album. That isn't to say it was bad, far from it; but when compared to Opeth's discography, it is definitely their worst.

Initially conceived as a double-album with Deliverance, I can honestly say that this whole idea felt like it was destined for disaster. Of course the exact opposite happened, fans ate this album up and Opeth gained new fans in the process. The overall album is great but I find it's instrumentation to be lacking and Mikael Akerfeldt's clean vocals needed a bit more work.

Opeth's final album containing anything remotely resembling Death Metal, one could say that this album was a "Watershed" moment for Opeth. Despite this, it definitely seemed as if the band was entirely done with Death Metal in general. The growls seemed lax and the instrumentation lacked the aggressive ambience that clouded their earlier albums. Despite this, Watershed is a great album.
Blackwater Park

Blackwater Park has the interesting role of sitting between the critically lauded Still Life, and the incredibly popular Damnation/Deliverance duology. As such, it is overlooked a lot by fans. Still, it has it's issues as it really fails to come to par with either sets of albums before and after it. It is still a fine album, with some great tracks and instrumentation.
My Arms, Your Hearse

After two albums, the band decided to add Rock elements to their Death metal style. The result was this haunting concoction of ambience and aggression, and contained Martin Lopez's finest percussion work.
Ghost Reveries

Ghost Reveries was the final album to have both Martin Lopez and Peter Lindgren as members of the band, and those two went out with a bang. Featuring some of Opeth's best guitar and drum work, Ghost Reveries gave the original Opeth band a fabulous and haunting sendoff.

Their debut album is without a doubt a tremendous album. An aggressive fusion of Black and Death Metal elements. Orchid remains one of the finest band debuts in musical history, one that I don't think can ever be matched; at least within the decades since its release.

The band's latest album is one of their finest. A Progressive Rock juggernaut featuring some of Akerfeldt's best vocals yet. One must of course give credit to Martin Axerot, who absolutely nails the drums on this record. Tom Delgety is an excellent producer on this record, giving the band enough legroom to stretch Rock to it's limit, yet going hard enough so as not to be counted as Metal.

Morningrise is arguably the finest of the two Opeth albums produced by Dan Swano. Featuring some of the best Death Metal of the late-90's, and some of Opeth's greatest music. Stunning instrumentation, powerful growls, and overall perfect quality. Morningrise is an absolute masterpiece.

One could easily call me out for having their most recent albums so high on this list, but I personally feel that many are shrugging off Opeth's recent records much too quickly. Heritage is without a doubt a masterclass in Progressive Rock, featuring breathtaking instrumentation and vocals, and containing amazing tracks like "Slither". Heritage is without a doubt an underrated masterpiece.
Pale Communion

When Opeth brought in Tom Delgety as a producer, I'm not sure anybody was really ready for what this powerhouse combination would achieve. Pale Communion is one of Opeth's greatest works, and the finest of Opeth's Progressive Rock albums. Featuring Joakim Svalberg for the first time on Keyboards, the instrumentation takes a much quicker pace than previous albums. Mikael's vocals are on point, and Martin Mendez puts out some of the bands best bass guitar work. Truly a tremendous album and a testament to Opeth's standing power, and longevity of quality.
Still Life

Without a doubt Opeth's greatest album. Still life remains a magnum opus both for Opeth and the entire genre of Progressive Death Metal. A haunting yet mesmerizing unification of precise instrumentation, quality production, and aggressive style. Still Life is one of the greatest albums in the history of music, a record that forever sits on the pantheon of legendary musical works. A fantastic record forever remembered and never repeated.
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