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  • Audio CD (April 22 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: KOCH Records
  • ASIN: B00008OLYN
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 151 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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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 moving—even without the shouting. --Dominic Wills

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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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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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Format: Audio CD
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! Deliverance is a great, solid Opeth album. However, Damnation tears it apart, but in a very different way. This album is great for all the wrong reasons most people have grown to expect from Opeth. This project was done with the intent of being a melodic, progressive rock album without distorted guitars and vocals. So, I was expecting to hear something in the neighborhood of Harvest, Face of Melinda or Credence style. Surprisingly, Damnation is nothing like any of their softer songs off of a full-length record.
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".
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Format: Audio CD
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. Indeed, their songs have a dream-like quality that floats in the room and tends to rest your attention. Some may complain that Opeth displays little of the aggresion most turn to rock for and their minds just begin to wander after a few minutes. So attitudes toward this album will vary according to how you relate to the genre.
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.
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