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Black Water Park [Enhanced]

Opeth Audio CD
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1. The Leper Affinity
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Limited Edition Japanese pressing of this album comes housed in a miniature LP sleeve. 2007.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album, great edition Sept. 11 2010
Format:Audio CD
This Legacy Edition loses a star on the rating for 2 reason: 1) The price, 2) That annoying sticker is on the actual booklet over the cover art. Small things to complain about but hey, I'm picky. This comes with a bonus DVD featuring a surround mix of the album and it is the main attraction. Just like with Still Life, Ghost Reveries and Watershed, you can downmix the DTS track to 2 channels and have a superior mix that will sound much better than the original cd. Enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely June 18 2004
Format:Audio CD
Blackwater Park is an album of amalgamation and perfection, not just for Opeth but for metal as a whole. Until this point, Opeth had been carving out a niche of their own in the world of heavy music, with releases like the stunning 'My arms, Your hearse' or 'Still Life'. But Blackwater Park truly is a 'monumetal mark' to quote the title track, not just in terms of a vision fully realised, bit in terms of finally eliminating any barriers that might be left to the band to take their music onto a new level.
What is immediately apparent upon listening to the opener 'The Leper Affinity' is not just the seamlessness, the perfected ebb and flow of the music, but the incredible comfort with which this supremely talented band approaches music of extreme complexity. Much of this crystal clear, coherent sound can be laid, I believe, at the door of genius producer Steven Wilson, of Porcupine Tree fame. The vocal harmonies have certainly bear his influence, and by God, this record sees some of the best vocal parts they've yet laid down on tape, from the hypnotic mid section of 'Bleak' to the heartbreaking chorus of 'Harvest'. 'Blackwater park' sees the band stretching its creative muscles like never before. Each song has its own distinctive stamp, and each is filled with reams of immaculate ideas and intelligent execution. 'Bleak' has a unique, middle Eatern tinged riff, 'Harvest' evokes sepia coloured autumn days perfectly, while 'The Drapery Falls' rides in on a lilting, melancholy melody that returns in its conclusion and draws tears to my eyes. But the culmination of the record comes in the practically transcendent title track, which surely merits a high water mark for what can be done with the metal genre.
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4.0 out of 5 stars amazing album Dec 1 2012
By max
Format:LP Record|Verified Purchase
Very well recorded, a must for the Opeth fans. Too bad it didn't come with the DVD like in the advertisment description.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Maybe it's because I am new to the whole Progressive Metal scene.
Or maybe it's because I've just never played a guitar in my life.
But "Blackwater Park" by Opeth doesn't stimulate my mind like many other Heavy Metal bands.
And these are GREAT bands I'm talking about. The likes of Judas Priest, Metallica (old Metallica that is), Antrax, Iron Maiden, and more recently, Blind Guardian and Iced Earth.
These bands produce songs that sound very different from what you'll hear on 'Blackwater Park'. Their songs are much shorter and simpler. Their guitar riffs are more crunching, and their vocals far more soaring. Personally, I think their music is more energetic, catchy and much more of a thrill to hear. (anyone here heard of Iron Maiden ?!?!?!?! )
You can't really jump out of your seat with adrenaline and shriek out the chorus with Opeth. The raw energy just isn't there. And I think that makes the music stale. Don't be mistaken - I do notice the musical intricacies and complex patterns on the album. But unfortunately I'm just not compelled by them. And that's really the most important thing.
Personally, I think Dream Theater is a more successful Progressive Metal band to bridge that towering gap of musical styles. But 'Blackwater Park' is still worth hearing.
In fact, I urge you to try it. Because it certainly may appeal to you.
Maybe someday I'll get into this kind of Metal. And then maybe I'll fall love with it - but 'Blackwater Park' failed to seduce me this time.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Its ok Oct. 25 2003
Format:Audio CD
Opeth is clearly a talented band but this album is largely uninteresting. It's not the death metal influence that makes it inacessable, but its overreliance on endless song structure and the dizzying formula of switching from heavy to acoustic that does make it unappealing. I find the acoustic sections to be quite good, but the same can not be said about a majority of the louder pieces, although many of the guitar lines are beautiful (drapery falls). The singer does have a good voice and his growl is considerably more polished compared to most death metal voices. The lyrics are good and descriptive, but there is a prententious feel to them that makes them difficult to get into.
I am unable to say that Opeth is one of my favorite bands, but they are a unique band that the more simple-minded will have trouble understanding. Despite my feelings, I have no desire to not recommend this to you. For hardcore Opeth fans, this is all for you. For others who wish to get into Opeth's music, download The Leper Affinity, Bleak, Harvest, Drapery Falls, and Dirge For November, as well as listen to My Arms, You Hearse, their best work to date.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars unbelieveable Dec 15 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I'd heard the rave reviews of Opeth for years, so I finally decided to give them a go. Not knowing where to start, I picked the Royal Albert Hall dvd, where they play this album in its entirety all the way through. So naturally, I was completely blown away and had to buy this album immediately.
It covers so much ground musically, it's hard to describe, but since it involves some death metal, it automatically gets categorized like that. But it's a hell of a musical journey, extremely vast in scope, that'll force you to experience almost your full range of emotions and leave you on a high when finished. Even days later, a song or piece of a song will be stuck in your head and still bring a tear to your eye it's so beautiful.
About the sticker on the cover - yes it's directly on the cover, but it's easily removed with some acetone(nail polish remover), which takes off the sticker without damaging the cover in any way whatsoever, I promise.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Opeth - Blackwater Park - Vinyl
Very happy to have found some of these Vinyl editions, on Amazon too! 180 Gram double LP set, very impressed! Read more
Published on Aug. 4 2011 by Joel Andrews
5.0 out of 5 stars Opeth - Blackwater Park
This band is simply the greatest ever. I recently started listing to metal and I love Avenged Sevenfold and Opeth because both bands have great singers, guitar riffs, solos and... Read more
Published on Dec 24 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars Easlily Opeth's best
This to me is Opeth's darkest album. It also has the best acoustic melodies I've ever heard. Every song is solid, if not epic. Read more
Published on July 16 2004 by bydo empire
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Phenominal
I have owned this album for about a year now, and I think I've finally got a handle on just how good this is. This isn't a one-time listen album to fully understand. Read more
Published on July 1 2004 by "gatechnerd"
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best of our time
No seriously, Opeth portrays one of best musical and lyrical projects ever created. Buy it, if you love music. Just because it is 8 tracks long doesn't mean it isnt worth it. Read more
Published on June 16 2004 by Edgar Hubert
5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING!!!
This i would say is the best opeth album ive heard so far. unfortunately i havent heard still life and morning rise, whichi have heard were the best but when i heard this album, it... Read more
Published on June 15 2004 by Viktar Kanasevich
1.0 out of 5 stars intermittent great music, terrible singing
There are a few things that I just can't let slip by when deciding if I like an album and one of those is the quality of the singing. Well the singing here is, well not singing. Read more
Published on June 13 2004 by EyOye
1.0 out of 5 stars too angry
I did not like the way he growled...it sounded scary. He would growl one minute and then sing nice the next...does he have split personality disorder? Find an emotion, Mikael. Read more
Published on June 1 2004 by opy666
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly superb
It's fortunate that I was introduced to Opeth by a friend who had the sense not to try and classify them. Read more
Published on May 7 2004
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