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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.Read more ›
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.
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!
Being relatively new to Opeth, I couldn't say if there is a "best" album, but Blackwater Park is a superb one without any question. The sheer amount of great riffs, melodies, beats and vocals (yes, he does growl, but when he sings clean, he has a wonderful voice) is quite amazing. Unlike many bands, for whom the idea of contrasting loud and soft is nothing more than a gimmick, the heavy stuff here is as good as any metal band you could name, and the soft stuff is genuinely gorgeous to listen to. The acoustic "Harvest" is a great song, and the guitar lines on "Bleak" are inventive, powerful and mesmerising. The title track itself is another standout track, flowing from soft to hard with no sense of difficulty at all. But really there is so much on offer here that it is pointless to single out individual tracks.
Opeth will, if there is any justice, gain a reputation as one of the most important bands in recent memory. In terms of variety, musical skill and inventiveness there are few around who can get close.
Most recent customer reviews
This is the newer Blackwater Park LP Vinyl. Same Stuff. More goodies. Blackwater Park still the epitome of what makes Opeth.Published 7 months ago by Richarde
Very well recorded, a must for the Opeth fans. Too bad it didn't come with the DVD like in the advertisment description.Published on Dec 1 2012 by max
Very happy to have found some of these Vinyl editions, on Amazon too! 180 Gram double LP set, very impressed! Read morePublished on Aug. 4 2011 by Joel Andrews
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. Read morePublished on Sept. 11 2010 by Chris Iliou
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 morePublished on Dec 24 2005
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 morePublished on June 16 2004 by Edgar Hubert
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 morePublished on June 14 2004 by Viktar Kanasevich