Opeth
Blackwater Park


5.0
classic

Review

by Fenix USER (2 Reviews)
August 9th, 2018 | 29 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The absolute peak of an all-time great band

By the time Blackwater Park was about to be released Opeth was already established as one of the top acts in the international metal scene releasing by then a total four albums each one being better that its predecessor.

Still Life had somehow ended what I call the first era of Opeth where their overall sound leaned more towards doom and death metal. Still Life incorporated new elements to the band’s sound which would mature beautifully on Blackwater Park.
Blackwater Park is easily Opeth’s brightest moment and its success can be linked to a couple of key elements:

1) Blackwater Park is the second album featuring what is considered the classic Opeth lineup. This is huge because even thou Mr. Akerfeldt writes most of the music and melodies this lineup proved to be the one combination that made the most out of Michael’s talent and inspiration.

2) The influence of Steven Wilson – Mr. Wilson not only is an accomplished producer but he is as talented a musician as Mr. Akerfeldt and in Blackwater they formed a tandem who took progressive metal to a whole new level by melting beautifully crafted melodic passages with brutal riffs and growls. Mr. Wilson’s input did not meddle at all with Opeth’s aggressiveness and overall darkness but it did help bring out the most out of the melodic and progressive passages in the album.
It’s important to notice that the production values of Blackwater Park are just perfect; it’s cleaner and crispier than previous albums which actually does justice to the musicians (and to the complex songwriting) without going too far as to sound hi-fi like so many mainstream metal bands sound today.

BWP flows seamlessly through its 8 tracks and 68 minutes of delicate brutality. Each song is special and memorable on its own although I consider “The Drapery Falls” and “Blackwater Park” stand out as two of the best tracks ever recorded by the Swedes.
Anybody who’s into metal can appreciate an album like Blackwater Park as it incorporates everything metal should be in its purest form.

You could argue that albums this complete come up once every five or ten years which makes Blackwater park an absolute pillar of metal.


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smaugman
August 9th 2018


4722 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

are you sure about that first paragraph? i dont think they were very big at that time

Underflow
August 9th 2018


4213 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Band actually peaked artistically with Still Life imo

DominionMM1
August 9th 2018


16975 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"are you sure about that first paragraph? i dont think they were very big at that time"



according to akerfeldt they got an incredible reception at their first US show and that much of the crowd knew who they were. apparently this was what got them their deal with mfn.

DungeonBoy
August 9th 2018


4435 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I saw them on their Blackwater Park tour. There were like 100 people there. One of the greatest shows of my entire life

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Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
August 9th 2018


55986 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

sweet

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KILL
August 9th 2018


81214 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

and you are just like them all

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Risodo
August 9th 2018


564 Comments


What is the point on making a review of an album who already have five pages of opinions? There is a ton of bands out there

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
August 9th 2018


23913 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

because it’s the album they wanted to write about?

Asdfp277
August 9th 2018


18534 Comments


just let people live and have fun >:]

Darius
August 9th 2018


17162 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Im so conflicted

BlackMalachite
August 9th 2018


3712 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Is this the next Tokio Hotel?

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zaruyache
August 9th 2018


19372 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Band actually peaked artistically with Still Life imo"



artistically, yeah. Much more complicated riffs and song structures, also (imo) much more influence on sounding pretty. BWP has more simplistic riffs with many more repeated sections, but it's (imo) also a more solid record despite that.

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BlackMalachite
August 9th 2018


3712 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Not sure whether I like Still Life or this more imo. Either way; they're definitely this band's two best albums.

Demon of the Fall
August 10th 2018


7336 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

'Band actually peaked artistically with Still Life imo' (2)



This is consistently good, especially with regards to cohesiveness & atmosphere but only the bookends completely blow me away.

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Tunaboy45
August 10th 2018


16208 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

haven't heard of this band, are they good?

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Demon of the Fall
August 10th 2018


7336 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Heard they were some terribly derivative prog rock band or something, probably not worth checking

Risodo
August 10th 2018


564 Comments


Oh, of course.
Not trying to be a douchebag, just a thought, my bad.

Eakflanderyof
August 11th 2018


2399 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm in the rare boat of thinking they peaked with GR and Watershed but this is my 3rd favorite behind those two

kalkwiese
August 11th 2018


1356 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

GR and watershed combine the best of musical worlds and that's why I love them so much. It's a little like this band peaked twice in their career

Hawks
August 11th 2018


58732 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is 7th best Opeth and it’s still amazing so yeah.

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