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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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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".
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.Read more ›
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Great sounding LP Vinyl. No harsh vocals. Expect Mikael Akerfeldt to produce harmonic vocals and Opeth's signature dramatic instrumentals.Published 13 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 22 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 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... Read morePublished on July 1 2004 by Chet Fakir
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
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. Read morePublished on June 23 2004 by Edward