|1. The Leper Affinity|
|4. The Drapery Falls|
|5. Drige For November|
|6. The Funeral Portrait|
|7. Patterns In The Ivy|
|8. Blackwater Park|
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.
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.
Mikael Akerfelt (I think that's how you spell the lead singer's name) is one of the best vocalists in all of metal music, regardless of subgenre. He can peel paint off the wall with his throat shredding wail and he can also floor you with melody and a truly beautiful singing voice, as evidenced by "Dirge for November". His musical arrangements are so complicated and textured that I still can't pick apart each layer. The texture of the music creates a very dark musical atmosphere. It almost gives the impression of being in a sparse forest, at night, in the winter. When I listen to Blackwater Park, I actually start to feel cold. It's eerie as hell.
To review: Blackwater Park = best heavy record ever, Mikael Akerfelt = brilliant. Buy this album already!