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Watershed [Enhanced]

Opeth Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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2008 album from the forward-thinking Swedish titans, who seemlessly and fluidly combine Metal, Classic Rock, Prog, Folk and Free Form Jazz. With this, their ninth effort, Opeth continue to shake things up, turn the corner and push the limits of their sound. And the results are breathtaking. Ultimately, Watershed sounds at once completely like and absolutely nothing like previous Opeth records. Watershed takes all that is Opeth, and goes where Opeth have never gone before.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Watershed... - 94% May 15 2008
Format:Audio CD
...an obvious reference to the tears of joy you will cry when you hear this masterpiece?

Well, we all know the band. Opeth has been near the top of the metal world for years now, which should come to be expected from such brilliant song-writers. All eyes were on them to see which direction they would take after their last album, Ghost Reveries, effectively split their fanbase while securing Opeth's spot amongst the mainstream greats of metal.

Well, first of all, I guess we should have expected Watershed to be a lighter offering than classic albums like Still Life and Blackwater Park. Like Ghost Reveries, Watershed has an obvious focus on clean singing and passages. That isn't to say it doesn't bring the heaviness in sections too though; the second track, "Heir Apparent", will definitely satisfy fans looking for a return to the Blackwater Park era sound. Hell, when you have Mikael Åkerfeldt doing all your vocals, I don't think you care what style he is using. Some minor vocal experiments (see the clean vocals in "The Lotus Eater" and the female vocals on "Coil") help keep the music interesting and fresh.

The guitars are played and arranged incredibly, as usual. I would describe most of the guitarwork on the album as having a certain urgent quality to them. I also noticed a lot more dissonant passages that kind of remind me of Opeth's older albums like Morningrise. I feel that the keyboards were used much more effectively as a means of accenting certain sections. These instruments together make Watershed one of the most full-sounding Opeth offerings to date.

The drumming is definitely a huge highlight here. There are some tasteful blast beat and double bass passages on the album, but most of the drumming is very progressive and interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars OPETH!!!!!!! Aug. 5 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Opeth is the greatest band of all time, why bother to read reviews? BUY ALL THE ALBUMS!!!!!!!!! The bonus tracks are amazing as well; worth every penny to have the special edition over the regular edition. Plus, the CD & DVD come in a cool case!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Watershed... - 94% April 14 2010
Format:Audio CD
...an obvious reference to the tears of joy you will cry when you hear this masterpiece?

Well, we all know the band. Opeth has been near the top of the metal world for years now, which should come to be expected from such brilliant song-writers. All eyes were on them to see which direction they would take after their last album, Ghost Reveries, effectively split their fanbase while securing Opeth's spot amongst the mainstream greats of metal.

Well, first of all, I guess we should have expected Watershed to be a lighter offering than classic albums like Still Life and Blackwater Park. Like Ghost Reveries, Watershed has an obvious focus on clean singing and passages. That isn't to say it doesn't bring the heaviness in sections too though; the second track, "Heir Apparent", will definitely satisfy fans looking for a return to the Blackwater Park era sound. Hell, when you have Mikael Åkerfeldt doing all your vocals, I don't think you care what style he is using. Some minor vocal experiments (see the clean vocals in "The Lotus Eater" and the female vocals on "Coil") help keep the music interesting and fresh.

The guitars are played and arranged incredibly, as usual. I would describe most of the guitarwork on the album as having a certain urgent quality to them. I also noticed a lot more dissonant passages that kind of remind me of Opeth's older albums like Morningrise. I feel that the keyboards were used much more effectively as a means of accenting certain sections. These instruments together make Watershed one of the most full-sounding Opeth offerings to date.

The drumming is definitely a huge highlight here. There are some tasteful blast beat and double bass passages on the album, but most of the drumming is very progressive and interesting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection. Oct. 29 2008
Format:Audio CD
Opeth are an amazing band. One of the few bands in which their entire catalogue hosts no bad albums. From Orchid to Watershed, each album is at least good while often being perfect.

This album is the first aside from damnation where there are more clean vocals then growls. Which works well since Akerfeldt has a great voice, which relays emotion well, and this is a very personal album.

That said though you also have one of Opeths heaviest songs if not the heaviest with Heir Apparent, which is a maelstrom of gluttaral vocals and pounding rifts and a steady elevated thrum of the kick drum. The growls on this one are brutal and the song only allows you a few seconds to breath with some short acoustic breaks, But aside from those your basically lost at sea in one of opeths most unforgiving songs. If the apocalypse was coming.. this would be the song which would accompany it.

Then lotus eater, which is your last dose of growling vocals for awhile. This track is intense, switching between growls and clean vocals every verse, The rift is encompassing and you can definitely hear Akessons influence on this one.

Burdern, Porcelain heart and hex omega are a softer more "A fair judgement/death whispered a lullabyish" Tracks, laden with guitar solos, clean vocals and definitely a more personal lyrical approach.

You also have Coil, which is just plain pretty. If this song didn't open the album then It would have been buried beneath it.. you would probably not even realize you'd heard it. But it's a very beautiful song and Nathalie Lorichs who is featured in the song sounds as if she was born to sing it.

The other track is Hessian Peel, which is my favorite. Giving you about 9 minutes of signature opeth.
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