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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
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #79,732 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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
I've heard 'Damnation' being called folk metal, progressive rock, psychaedelic rock a la the 70's, and a few other labels that don't do Opeth's latest release a bit of justice. The first word that comes to mind when listening to Damnation is 'beautiful'. If sound is nothing more than the arrangement of sound waves into patterns that create harmonies which are pleasing to the ear, then Opeth has succeeded in mastering the art of creating beautiful sounds. A complete break from Opeth's previous releases, Damnation features little distorted guitar and no growling death metal vocals. The vocals always carry a harmony that is well thought out and fits perfectly with the guitar work. No instrument dominates the recording and the atmosphere created by the haunting subtlety of each song's melody combined with the gloomy art work and title of 'damnantion' makes this cd a near-perfect listening experience. Damnantion was recorded at the same session as Deliverance, but I feel that Damnantion is the true jewel that arose from the recording session. The theme of the cd seems to be loss, as in the loss of a loved one, but the theme of death never seems to leave the picture with Opeth as is seen in many of their previous releases. The only part of the cd that I will dare to criticize is the drum sound. The actual performance on the drums is excellent and demonstrates Opeth's drummer's ability to switch between blazingly fast metal drumming to calm percussion that sits in the background of the music. However, the drum sound leaves something to be desired. The toms do not have the sort of sound I enjoy and nor does the snare.Read more ›
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I _really_ wanted to be blown away by this album. I have listened to it over and over but I must admit finally that it is only decent, and not excellent. That being said, it would probably be considered a pretty good album for most other bands. I guess Opeth just set the bar too high for themselves with their first couple of releases ("Orchid" and "Morningrise").
What I find puzzling is how many rave reviews there are for "Damnation" (and "Deliverance" for that matter). Am I the only Opeth fan who considers this stuff just not up to par? The way I gauge the impact of an album is to see how often I keep going back to listen to it. I cannot help but notice that the frequency is correlated with the order in which the albums were released. For example, I still listen to "Orchid" and "Morningrise" almost on a weekly basis; "My Arms, Your Hearse" and "Still Life" about once a month; "Blackwater Park" about every couple of months. I have yet to return to "Deliverance" since the initial listening period, and I can't help but feel that "Damnation" is going the same way.
Am I growing out of Opeth? Judging by how I feel about "Orchid" and "Morningrise", I don't think so. (Opeth is the only band with two albums in my desert island top five). I still believe that these guys are one of the most talented bands in the world, but putting out an album a year is definitely taking a toll on their music. Perhaps, a hiatus is called for. A couple of years to explore and re-discover the richness and open emotion that was so abundant in their earlier compositions.
Regardless of what direction they take in the future, I will be forever grateful to Opeth for giving us "Orchid" and "Morningrise".
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Since their emergence into the music world, Opeth have gained a reputation for their ability to combine different musical styles with their swedish death metal sound. Over their last 6 releases, Opeth have proved their ability to do this over and over again. Their previous albums all showcased their skills as death metal musicians, but they also revealed that the band possesses talent for other genres as well. "Damnation" is their first CD that completely focuses on a musical style other than metal and allows listeners to see a new side of their music that we had only gotten glimpses of before. "Damnation" marks the group's first voyage into prog territory, although it is not completely unfamiliar to them. Listening to their earlier work, a prog influence is unmistakable, especially in "Blackwater Park" and "Still Life". It's nice to see the band using their musical expertise in a new way.
Originally intended as a counterpart to "Deliverance", "Damnation" is the polar opposite of the former release. "Deliverance" was about as brutal as Opeth has ver been. Given the feroscity of "Deliverance" and the mellow, relaxing sound of "Damnation", it's hard to believe that this is even the same band. The 2 albums together really show the range that Opeth has. It's too bad that they weren't released together but I guess it doesn't really matter now that they've both out anyway, but I still think that the 2 of them together would've given new listeners a good look at what the band is really about.
The music of "Damnation" is absolutely exquisite. It's incredibly tranquil and is very soothing. The guitar work is reminiscent of bands like Porcupine Tree and even Dream Theater to a lesser extent.
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