|Opeth - Full discography ranked|
The result of this weeks DiscoRun. This one was a bitch to rate holy crap. One of the most consistent bands I know of (for the first 9 albums at least, woooo spoiler). There are quite a couple of songs that have the same rating for me so I did those at random. Keep in mind that I hadn't listened to Orchid and Morningrise before, while others are some of my favorite albums of all time, so songs from those two are bound to be lower on my list.
My Arms, Your Hearse
Hard to rate this. Short intro in which nothing happens really. Just ambient sounds and a short piano. It does set the stage, but I'm not gonna put this higher than actual full songs if you don't mind. In fact, I will not rate any of the shorter instrumental songs. Real rating starts at 84
My Arms, Your Hearse
Another one I can't really place higher than actual full-fledged songs, just because this one is a minute and a half. I really do like it though, and it fits perfectly well on the record.
Just a sweet little instrumental. Not to much to say about it.
Persephone (slight return)
Intro song. Not gonna rate
My Arms, Your Hearse
The third instrumental from this album and the best imo. Its so sad and beautiful and ends the album on a perfect note.
Marrow of the Earth
I'm going to count this as an instrumental because it is clearly meant as an ambient piece.
For Absent Friends
Nice instrumental interlude, but I'm not going to rate them. All these kinds of songs are super good and fit the mood perfectly, but only Patterns in the Ivy is a song that I really really enjoy on its own.
Is there band alive that does better intro and short instrumental pieces? I have yet to hear them. This is another one that sets the pace and atmosphere so clearly and amazingly. So delicate and dark, like a rainy autumn day.
Patterns in the Ivy
This has always been my favorite short instrumental from Opeth. Its so moody and paints a thousand words without ever needing one
I think Michaels voice really shine on most Opeth songs, but not here. His cleans really need some gravy to make them pop, and here its just really direct and dry which makes it brittle in a non-pleasant way for me.
Under the Weeping Moon
Hmm. Dunno about this one. First listen impression but it felt a little less interesting and captivating than 'In the Mist..'
Not my favorite. There's a lot of experimentation here and not all of it works for me. Its also a little to long for such a song I think.
I'm starting to see that the rough edges are part of the appeal of Orchid. The fact that's its not all perfectly played and not all that tight give it a very natural feel that's kind of endearing.
The Seventh Sojourn
The first half of this song is really interesting, the second half pretty boring.
Instrumentally, this song is so good, but the vocals completely ruin it for me, being continually slightly off-key. Could've been the best song on Pale Communion, but sadly it remains at the bottom half because of it
A really odd song that I used to enjoy more than I do now. It just feels a little disjointed. The fact that it goes back to the beginning doesn't really work for me and almost feels a little like a cheap way to bring some cohesion.
My Arms, Your Hearse
The flow of …Hearse has always been excellent, and this is a welcome change from the menacing assault that was Demon of the Fall, but it remains as one of my less favorite Opeth acoustics.
See Voice of Treason, exact same thing happening here.
Voice of Treason
Eh, nothing on this album after the first two songs seem to stick with me. Its not that they're bad perse, it more that they just sound so same-y and bland to me.
I have the same problems with folklore that I have with Famin, in that I feel its just a tad to long for such a song. It doesn't grip me as a lot of others on Heritage do.
It is good and I can tell the band had a lot of fun creating this, but it doesn't grab me really.
One of the more memorable and catchy songs on Sorceress, but let's be honest here, compared to the rest of the discography of Opeth this all fall kinda flat doesn't it? Yeah...thought so.
Moon Above, Sun Below
If I don't pay close attention, this is a song that I find I usually hardly remember, and usually that's not really a good thing. It doesn't really grip me, but it also means I'm not annoyed by it or find it boring.
I have a weak spot for that clean guitar broken chord melody in the first half. The song is a bit formless, but I think that was kind of the idea. The guitar solo's are highly suspect for me though.
The one instrumental I will rank, because it's basically a full song and four minutes long. It's a great one, but for me not one of the better ones on Damnation
This is the first time that I really notice that I don't like the production on this as much as I do the others. The bass is way to muddy or something idk. Good song though this.
Instrumental piece that I kinda like because of its sillyness and fun & Joy.
Sweet heavy headbanging riff to start with, but for me as with A Fair Judgement, the middle part is just not as interesting as some (or even most) of the others. With so many amazing songs to choose from, its hard for me to put it higher than this. I feel this would've been better if they cut out most of the middle and just left us with the bookends.
Ow damn that classical part that starts around the 6:50 mark is wonderful. Entire song is a little more all over the place but it makes for a nice change of pace on this album.
Forest of October
It's weird. So far I've found Orchid to be both uneaven and very consistent. Consistent in that the same vibe is drawn throughout the album, inconsistent in the way some songs feel way more interesting to me than others. This is one of the more interesting ones for me.
The Twilight is My Robe
Instrumentally the most prog song on Orchid so far. I like it.
The Wilde Flowers
Slightly better than Sorceress. The guitar solo in this is really fantastic.
Faith in Others
Pale Communion ends in somewhat of a high point. It's a closer that is better than most of the other songs on it, and it's quite a nice atmospheric piece.
It's a great song Y'all, but I can't justify putting it higher than this, because theres simply to many great Opeth songs that I enjoy more than this. Atonement feels like a non-instrumental pallet cleanser more so than an actual song.
I have no memory of this place. Seriously though, I can't remember ever having heard this song, though I'm pretty sure I've played Damnation a lot (last time was a quite a couple of years ago though). I like it, it feels less sad and a little more manacing.
The farewell of Ghost Reveries, and a sweet one it is. Very satisfying and simple melodies make it a great ending to one of the best albums ever created if you ask me.
Serenity Painted Death
Gonna curse in church here, but this song does less to me than pretty much all others on Still Life. It just doesn't grip me the way Moonlaps/The Moor/Godhead's does
My Arms, Your Hearse
Michael's voice became so much better between Morningrise and …Hearse, and this is the first time it really shows.
The Apostle in Triumph
A good closer to what turned out to be a pretty great debut record. All the signs that this would become a legendary band were there all along it seems.
This song is really great and one of the better ones from Heritage for sure. Another song that goes through so much that it feels like an entire journey on its own.
To Rid the Disease
I always thought this was one of the less memorable songs on Damnation, but it turns out I was wrong. The piano part in the middle is perfect and although the first half is not the most memorable, the second half makes up for that.
I can lose myself in guitar solo's like this one. So smooth, ambient and jazzy. Damnation overall is very good in this and Windowpane is an immediate representation of what the album has to offer.
A Fair Judgement
This song starts of so fricking strong and I always remember how great A Fair Judgement is, and then the second half comes around and I remember why it wasn't in my top Opeth songs, because I feel they could've done much more with that epicness that they start building in the first half.
In the Mist She Was Standing
This is actually the first time listening to Orchid, and wow did I expect something completely different. I thought it would be much more rough around the edges and way different from the Opeth we all know and love, but this has most of the seeds that would later make legendary albums like Blackwater Park. Yeah it's a little old-school sounding, but its still pretty great!
A Fleeting Glance
The more subdued tracks on Sorceress are a lot better than the more hectic ones imo. This is a prime example of that, cus this is a great song.
Eternal Rains Will Come
Let the full on 70's prog worship begin. In all honesty though, this is a great song and one of the better songs from Pale Communion imo.
The Lines in My Hand
The bass gets so much more room on Heritage and really comes into its own. The acoustic guitar parts and drums on this are also really great!
The Funeral Portrait
My least favorite song from BWP, but still a great song in its own right. But then, I've never heard an album with only 10/10 songs, so someone needs to take the bottom spot right.
Wow, the production on Morningrise is so much better than on Orchid. Here we get our first taste of the modern Opeth. Morningrise was another album I'd never listened to before. This is a great song to start the album off.
Death Whispered a Lullaby
Damnation is actually quite the catchy album. It's drowning in sadness, but a catchy sadness. 'Ohhh. Sleep my CHIIIIIILLLLLDDDD'
My Arms, Your Hearse
The climax of the story, and a pretty great one at that. This album flies by so fast its incredible.
What a really sweet little ballad and really one of the highlights from Sorceress imo.
Completely amazing intro that's not quite a full song but not really a simple intro either.
I have a soft spot for the fingerpicking style acoustic guitar playing. I started playing with that style myself and still love it. It biases my rating for this song of course.
My Arms, Your Hearse
Pfoeh, I forgot how good this was. Especially the second half of this song is so satisfying.
Cusp of Eternity
Might be the best song on PC. It's my least favorite Opeth Record because from what I remember its very front loaded and those are not really better than the better songs on Heritage.
Slightly less good than the songs that came before it. It still has a very satisfying climax and a great buildup of themes and harmonies.
This song is a tender and brittle, a strong gust of wind will blow it apart. But it 'just' stays together, and that's precicely the beauty of this.
Good acoustic song. Not their very best, but still pretty damn great.
My Arms, Your Hearse
The Amen Corner
One of my favorites from …Hearse. This song just has interesting passages for days.
The Night and the Silent Water
Feels like a very emotional song that seems to go through several stages of grief. Great piece
Hours of Wealth
Such a sweet and smooth song that's more of an extensive interlude than an actual statement of the album, but I love it nonetheless.
In My Time of Need
This song is just drenched in sorrow. It has such a cold, haunting atmosphere and is actually a very catchy song.
To Bid You Farewell
Huh that's weird. I know this song thoroughly, but I always thought it was from Damnation. I used to have it on a burned cd when I was 15. Beautiful song even after all these years.
Will O the Wisp
I think this might be my favorite song from Sorceress. It's a really sweet song with great melodies that stick and I found myself humming them often in the past.
Ah Deliverence, sometimes the forgotten child of the Opeth catalogue. For me it can stand proud amongst all the others. Wreath is one of those first songs I ever heard by Opeth and although its maybe not the most memorable, it still holds a special place for me. The second half of the song is incredible.
Face of Melinda
Saw this song played live and it gave me a completely new appreciation to the song. So far as I can remember its actually one of the only Opeth songs that have this clear of a dichotomy/buildup of a long acoustic beginning flowing into heavy riffing.
Parts of this song are the best parts of Still Life and parts, mostly in the clean vocal department, feel a little off to me. Still a fricking fantastic song though, but it could've been slightly better imo.
The Devil's Orchard
GOD IS DEAAAADD
Beneath the Mire
Ghost Reveries has no weak spots man. Entire album is god-tier. Why am I even trying to rank this. Tis impossibru
By the Pain I See in Others
I always feel that they play that beginning just a tad to fast for comfort, making it very menacing. The entire song is very interesting with a lot of recurring themes and a very weird ending.
Another amazing track here. God Opeth have so many. I already feel like its so difficult to rank these and we haven't even come to my favorite albums yet.
I have such fond memories of this song, but I hadn't listened to it in ages.
Black Rose Immortal
The longest Opeth song. There's a lot to love here damn. This needs much more listens to rate properly, but for now I'll stamp a big fat 8,5/10 on this puppy.
This song goes through so many different passages and vibes its really incredible that they made it all work together. Another high watermark of Watershed, if again, slightly underexposed and underappreciated.
The Grand Conjuration
The second this kicks in I get pumped up. So evil and groovy and amazing.
The Lotus Eater
This used to be one of my al-time favorite Opeth songs, but during this run I feel like there are so many greats to choose from that this one is just there with all the rest, not really pulling ahead anymore.
The Baying of the Hounds
Doing the entire discorun makes me notice things I haven't before. It comes to me now that Ghost Reveries feels just slightly more epic and grandiose than say Deliverence or Still Life. This song is a good example of it. I love epic and grandiose, give me more plz ty.
I Feel the Dark
I remember finding this song incredibly boring the first time I listened to it back in 2011. Ow how wrong was I! This song shifts so much without it becoming unhinged. Fantastic song.
As I finish Watershed, I notice that there is not a single flaw or sub-par song on here. The overal quality might even be more consistent than Ghost Reveries or Blackwater Park, which surprises me completely.
Dirge for November
This was the first song I ever heard from Opeth, during a guitar lesson back when I was 12 or 13. This was long before I listened to Opeth or metal in general. When I started listening a couple of years later I found that not only did I already know this song, I could actually play the first half of it.
A very underappreciated song. The multiple sweeping guitar solos, the soaring vocals, that Hammond solo. It's all briliant! It just barely misses out on being a top 10 song, and its silly that songs as good as this don't even make the top 10.
This is such a fantastic song. From the very satisfying intro riff to the middle where they almost go into full jazz freestyle goodness, it's all fantastic.
Blackwater Park as an album has sooooo much to give, and the first two songs show precisely why. Just another fantastic song overal with no weak points.
Calling best guitar solo right here! Entire song is fantastic, but that solo is where it's at!
I always imagine that this song can drive a big strong man to tears. Its so gorgeous and haunting and sad and perfect.
The final three minutes is surely one of my farovites in all of Opeth's songs, but the entire song is amazing tbf. So heavy and blasting yet so atmospheric at the same time.
The Drapery Falls
Another one I have very fond memories of. Goddamn this is so hard to rate. Is this better than Demon of the Fall? Well then, what about Deliverance?
My Arms, Your Hearse
Demon of the Fall
Opeth's first true masterpiece if you ask me. So tightly written and brutal, yet the 'Run away' feel so like a pure plea that it turns really sad too. And that acoustic bit before 'DEMON' is so fucking manacing, really edge of your seat stuff.
Reverie / Harlequin Forest
This had to go into my top 10. Its one of my favorite Opeth songs and goes through so many movements and passages that are all almost equally amazing.
The Leper Affinity
My god this song is seriously top tier GOAT list material in music overall.
Ghost of Perdition
I'm in such a struggle to put this at my number 1 or not. It is my favorite Opeth song for sure, but I think BWP might be just a tad better.
One of the best songs ever written imo. Some might call it overrated, but this song makes me feel things man.