Opeth
Deliverance


5.0
classic

Review

by Confessed2005 USER (100 Reviews)
July 27th, 2019 | 9 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Not their finest hour, but equal to their finest hours.

Opeth are one of my favourite bands ever. They're signature brand of progressive death metal was an exciting and interesting premise, from which I developed a love for, particularly Mikael's vocals and the impressive and intricate guitar work (something I am most fond of). However, since the release of Watershed, everything after changed for the band and their fans accordingly. Gone were the guttural vocals, replaced with, the still impressive, yet somewhat drastically different, clean vocals. I've always enjoyed the instrumentation aspect of Opeth's sound, so the change wasn't too much of a disappointment. But they also radically changed their music too, converting from the prog-death to a more King Crimson inspired progressive rock flavour. Yet I love King Crimson too, so again, not that big a deal.

Deliverance took years to grow on me. It is undoubtedly their heaviest album, with songs like Wreath, Master's Apprentices and By the Pain I See In Others ranking as some of their finest most vicious songs. Riffs here are of the highest order, but the real gem here is the title track. Masterfully crafted, it is my favourite Opeth song ever - the clean section is marvellous, showing Mikael's aptitude for creating a ghostly atmosphere with his cleans. Steven Wilson's production techniques are excellent, as always. Overall, I can't fault the band (or the majority of their discography). Even if a lot of fans believe they have fallen off the high horse they were on for so many years (from Orchid to Watershed they were pretty ***ing consistent), Opeth's new album, from what I've heard of the new track, will be a fine return to form. They've evolved from the prog-death metal band they were for so many years to a newer, fresher and perhaps more inspired group.

To conclude, Deliverance is a milestone achievement for the band. Not in the sense that is better than their other classics but in that it shows that the band were always incredible musicians. This review may be irrelevant to some but I wanted to convey just how much I adore the band and nearly every album they have done. To a certain degree, I believe they are one of the best bands around. So let's see if the new one makes a splash in the water like Deliverance, Blackwater Park, Still Life...the list goes on.



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TheNotrap
July 27th 2019


11818 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Their most underrated and one of my favs



Have a pos

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TundraL5Z
July 27th 2019


3149 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This album is fantastic start to finish, I would also say this is one of their best

Lucman
July 27th 2019


3201 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not one of my favourite Opeth records but still brilliant in it's own right. Good review.

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StrikeOfTheBeast
July 27th 2019


8382 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Review's kinda short. Great album though \m/

e210013
July 27th 2019


2533 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not their finest hour or even one of my favourite albums of Opeth but I agree with Notrap. This is their most underrated work. It's very heavy but very good.

Nice review. Pos.

Demon of the Fall
July 27th 2019


12415 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice, pos.

Personally this is easily my least fave metal-orientated Opeth album, some of the riffs overstay their welcome and I can’t quite buy into the song-writing.

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Meridiu5
July 27th 2019


2629 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

pos'd this rips

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artiswar
July 27th 2019


9268 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah, several riffs overstay their welcome, it's hard to dispute that. But.



...still fucking rules.

BigPleb
July 27th 2019


59800 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

FALLING INSIDE AGAAAAINNNN



THIS NIGHTMARE ALWAYS THE SAAAAAMMMMMEEE



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