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Limited Edition Japanese pressing of this album comes housed in a miniature LP sleeve. 2007.
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 movingeven without the shouting. --Dominic Wills
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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.
Damnation starts of with a catchy tune right off the bat. Windowpane is an amazing song with some really cool jazzy/bluesy guitar solos. The track is about 8 minutes long, and is the longest on the album. I really love how this song flows and really is one of the best songs on the record. "In My Time of Need" is the second track, featuring the coolest vocal melodies I have heard Mikael do in a while. I really like how the verses are sung in syllables. Something about "In My Time of Need" that makes this song one of the songs I will throw the CD in to listen to. "Death Whispered a Lullaby" is a good song, but no real big highlights to mention. "Closure", is another phenomenal Opeth track with a very cool, but unusual outro that ends abruptly into "Hope Leaves". "Hope Leaves" is probably the oddball song on the album; at least it was for me. This song really took a while for it to grow on me. What really takes me now with this song are the lyrics. For some reason I really love the opening line "In the corner, beside my window, there hangs a lonely photograph".Read more ›
The best song by most accounts is "In My Time Of Need". This song displays Opeth's general focus toward telling "ghost" stories. It is a haunting song with a beautiful melody that hints at dread and fear. The rest of Damnation is very much like this to one degree or another. As such I personally can only play this music when I am in a particular mood.
This is a good CD. Don't expect a party record and be prepared to listen to some stories. These guys are from Sweden where they don't get much sun a good part of the year. Makes sense.
Most recent customer reviews
Great sounding LP Vinyl. No harsh vocals. Expect Mikael Akerfeldt to produce harmonic vocals and Opeth's signature dramatic instrumentals.Published 7 months ago by Richarde
The sweetest Opeth album is all the sweeter on vinyl. The rich sound really comes through when listening closely. A great buy from a great band.Published 17 months ago by Serge Bricault
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. Read morePublished on Jan. 3 2014 by Morgan
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!Published on May 11 2013 by Joel Andrews
"Damnation" is a very controversial album. Opeth, a band known for brutal death metal incorporating progressive acoustic riffs, released "Damnation" alongside "Deliverance". Read morePublished on March 9 2010 by M. Codas Echavarri
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. Read morePublished on June 28 2004 by Child of Bodom
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 morePublished on June 16 2004
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 morePublished on June 7 2004 by B. E Nickerson