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Damnation

Opeth Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
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1. Windowpane
2. In My Time of Need
3. Death Whispered a Lullaby
4. Closure
5. Hope Leaves
6. To Rid the Disease
7. Ending Credits
8. Weakness

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Damnation is a complex and often acoustic album that demonstrates beyond question Opeth's high regard for the sweet harmonies and post-psychedelic atmospherics of '70s rockers such as Camel, Steve Hackett, and, especially, Barclay James Harvest. Which isn't to say this is a retro album; the aforementioned bands have been left out of rock history to such a degree that it's as if they never existed at all. Then there's Opeth's own pedigree. Steeped in the bloodier aspects of metal, singer Mikael Akerfeldt has no time for sweet love or fanciful flights of fantasy; he's trapped in post-relationship depression, drowning in loneliness and regret. His voice drifts beautifully over and under the band's dark folk and hypnotic soft-rock progressions, as chiming twin guitars that recall Wishbone Ash drop casually in and out. This music is intense and often moving—even without the shouting. --Dominic Wills

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Limited Edition Japanese pressing of this album comes housed in a miniature LP sleeve. 2007.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing CD Jan. 3 2014
By Morgan
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Boyfriend had this CD and let me borrow it to see if I would like Opeth. I fell in love with this CD! I searched everywhere around where I am from and it was never available. Went to Amazon and found that it was currently unavailable (would ship in 2-3 months) so I waited for about 2 years to get my hands on it. It came in perfect condition and I am so happy to finally have it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Damnation (Vinyl) -- Opeth May 11 2013
By Joel Andrews TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:LP Record|Verified Purchase
The Damnation/Deliverance set are a must own for Opeth fans, so glad I got them on vinyl! I am a hug vinyl fan, so if you are too grab these if you can find them!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A step in a different direction, which payed off March 9 2010
By M. Codas Echavarri TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:LP Record|Verified Purchase
"Damnation" is a very controversial album. Opeth, a band known for brutal death metal incorporating progressive acoustic riffs, released "Damnation" alongside "Deliverance". While "Deliverance" is an album that follows in the steps of its predecessors, the completely acoustic "Damnation" came as a bit of a shock for many fans, some of which got very angry at the band, telling them they sold out.

In my opinion, however, this album was a right thing to do. In previous works from Opeth we notice the influence of progressive rock bands from the 70's such as Camel, and it made sense for them to do this album, which they did magestically.

Again, Martin Lopez's drums are beyond anything you would expect from a "metal" drummer, incorporating A LOT of jazz into his playing, making it much open, rather than tight as most rock/metal drummers out there. The clean vocals from Mikael are immaculate, and the guitars and bass have such musicality behind them that I'm sure this album will be considered as a milestone even by people from outside the metal scene.

Why did I chose vinyl? Well, firstly, because this is a collector's edition gate-fold double LP, and for under $20, you are getting A LOT for your money as far as investment. However, it's the SOUND that captivates me. Lacking the excessive tightness of a CD, which has to be compressed in certain frequencies, vinyl just makes for a better listening experience in the right equipment. The subtleties of each instrument are much more apparent, specially those of the drum bodies (the Toms, in particular).

All in all, a solid investment, and a delightful record to be listened to carefully, and to be appreciated in all its glory
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but a little bland July 1 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is not a metal album by any stretch of the imagination, nor is it terribly progressive. I heard Damnation before reading any reviews and thought it was a mild, pleasant listen, but no big deal. Something to have burbling in the background while doing other work. Then I read reviews of this album I was very suprised that it was so highly praised. I'm sorry but its just not that compelling. To be fair it does has a few interesting ideas and melodies but for the most part sounds much like Porcupine Tree or Caravan at their most noodly. The songs are long, sometimes meandering and don't take the listener on much of a dynamic ride. In other words Damnation is good but somewhat bland.
Perhaps so much praise has been heaped upon Damnation because of its difference to Opeths other work? Its a ballsy move for a band to put out an album that departs from the sound its known for, thats fine. Unfortunately Damnation just isn't the masterpiece the fans seem so deperately to want it to be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Genius June 28 2004
Format:Audio CD
This album is such an amazing work. It transcends the metal to light rock gap. Opeth has found a way to create their own genre progressive/ambient light rock. Their entrancing musicality is not lost in their transition to a lighter sound, it is however embraced in this album. Each song on this album is a masterpiece. Every turn the songs take is something that you as a listener will never expect, but it is the perfect addition to the musical direction of each piece. Michael Akerfeldt's (guitairs/Vocals) song writting is astounding, the origionality of this album gives it a sound all its own, and Steven Wilson's (producer) influence is felt in the abience of the album. It is one of the most soothing and awe inspiring cd's i've ever heard or owned the sheer genius of the band and all involved can be felt in every track. It is a must for any musical collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A risky step for Opeth, but it was well worth it. June 23 2004
By Edward
Format:Audio CD
When I first picked up this album, I was skeptical as to what was so different about it that all the reviews have been raving about. Word was that they dramatically changed their sound from the heavy-then-suddenly-soft sound they are known for to more of a 70's progressive rock (King Crimson or Camel would be good examples) approach. I feared this wasn't going to be another "My Arms, Your Hearse" or "Blackwater Park" which was a shame because those previous releases were some of Opeth's best. But has Opeth reached the limits of their musical genius? No, of course not....what kind of stupid question is that? This album is another example of what metal can be if artists are only willing to think outside the box. Highlights of this album include the opening track "Windowpane" and the beautiful yet sorrowful "To Rid The Disease." The album finally comes to a sad conclusion with "Ending Credits" and "Weakness" as vocalist Mikael Akerfeldt finally speaks of ending his life of misery after a post-relationship depression which has made him lose all hope and spends his last days wallowing in bitterness and despair. Opeth's deliverance of acoustic and piano harmonies entwined with bleak post-tragedy lyrics make this a sensational album that all fans of metal, goth, progressive rock or even blues music would enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
Opeth is truly one of a kind. They have such a sophisticated and incredible sound and style, and as a death metal band, it is amazing that they can pull off putting out such a... Read more
Published on June 16 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Opeth masterpiece, this one from a differnt road
Opeth and the D1/D2 projects, Deliverance and Damnation are a must have for any fans of death metal and progressive rock. Of the two albums, Damnation is by far the best! Read more
Published on June 11 2004 by John Besse
5.0 out of 5 stars These guys are not human
Aside from being the best Opeth album to date (very close with "My Arms..." and "Still Life" this album has more deep-seeded emotion and power in it than almost... Read more
Published on June 7 2004 by B. E Nickerson
4.0 out of 5 stars A great CD!
I've always liked Opeth, ever since I heard of them. All of their albums that I own are excellent. I especially enjoyed the melodic and light tracks that were included in at... Read more
Published on June 5 2004 by James
3.0 out of 5 stars Songs About Ghosts
Definitely an album off the beaten path. Opeth works the "progressive rock" genre in a more restrained fashion than most bands you would find of its kind. Read more
Published on May 6 2004 by Crabby Apple Mick Lee
4.0 out of 5 stars Damnation
At first I was not sold on this Cd but it gradually grew on me. Now I am really liking it. I like this album as a whole, rather than for each individual song. Read more
Published on May 4 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars An album that only Opeth could create!
Damnation is Opeth's "mellow album" that was spoken of a lot during the release of their previous disc Deliverance. Read more
Published on May 2 2004 by Murat Batmaz
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