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Blackwater Park [Limited Edition]

Opeth Audio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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In a metal scene glutted with traditionalists and bandwagon jumpers, Opeth continue to create epic, iconoclastic music, inventing the rules as they go along. From the jazz-inflected rhythms and acoustic embellishments of their 1994 debut, Orchid, to the Middle Eastern flavors and stoner metal riffs of 2001's Blackwater Park, these Swedes continue to venture where others couldn't fathom ... Read more in Amazon's Opeth Store

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • ASIN: B000067CIR
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 354,651 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars leaves other death metal far behind 12 Jan 2003
By E Parry
Format:Audio CD
I've always disliked bands with screaming and growled vocals. It always seemed silly and false to me, especially with bands like Cradle of Filth who accompany it with a ridiculous goth image and cheesy effects. However, upon first listening to some Opeth, I was very impressed with the music. I was disappointed when the death vocals enterred but the song stuck with me and eventually I bought this album on impulse. After listening to it a couple of times I was hooked on it. The music is great in it's own right, but the death vocals are an integral part of the music. If he were singing instead, it wouldn't have the same effect, yet clean vocals are used effectively in parts, and it's incredible that the singer manages to growl so well and still keep his singing voice so smooth.
I think the artwork on Opeth's albums is a pretty good indicator of their style. It's dark and gothic, yet it's also intelligent and mature. I hesitate to describe Opeth as death metal because that gives the wrong impression. They have all the elements that death metal music has, but they sound so unlike any other band in that genre, they're really more than the sum of it's parts. The way they manage to write songs of around ten minutes on average without making them boring is very impressive. I thought Tool wrote long songs until I started listening to Opeth. But Opeth make songs that move all over the place, mostly with very smooth transitions, for long periods of time yet seem to last just a few minutes.
The only problem I have with this album is the track Dirge For November, which I think is quite dull, but it's just about the only dull Opeth song I've heard. The re-released version also comes with a bonus disc with two acoustic tracks that are probably only of interest to the more hardcore Opeth fans.
If you like the music but not the vocals, I still say buy this album (and this one inparticular), because the vocals will grow on you, and you may in fact come to like them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unspeakably amazing! No words 2 describe fully! 22 Dec 2002
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Obviously, im probably just repeating the words of all the other reviewers of this album, but that just shows even more, how incredibly amazing opeth are. Ever since they first started recording the demos for their debut album - Orchid, Opeth have been creating some of the most amazingly talented and mature music that has seen the light of the day from the current Prog Metal circuit. Outbeating almost every1 black, Prog and death metal band around for the last 7 years, Opeth have just got better and better. And with blackwater Park they have done it. With praizing reviews in big names such as Kerrang and Metal Hammer, Opeth have finally got sum of the recognision they damn well deserve! Anyone unfamiliar to Opeth's music needs to be familiar. Already on this album's reviews, countless people have described their style in basicaly agreeable terms. With a mix of highly talented and well produced death/prog metal alongside melodic vocals and grippingly catchy but talented riffs, with strong and soaring acoustic melodies. With album opener, "the Leper affinity", and 2nd track "bleak", they demonstrate with great talent and enthusiasm, a perfect example of this amazing and strongly unique blend of musical Nirvana. The heavy and aggressive opening to the Leper Affinity soon surges into an amzing and irresistably catchy melodic solo and into a short but well lived acoustic interlude displaying the real hidden qualities behind Akerfeld's voice. Altho his growling is just as talented and unique, the beauty still lies in his melodies. Neway, after the aggressive heaviness oF the leper... and the catchy melodic chorus of bleak, comes something to calm u down completely. Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning scope 1 Feb 2003
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What an album this is. My first 'Opeth' experience was 'Deliverence', which is one of the best albums I have ever heard. I don't know how I missed 'Opeth' for so long as they are one of the most original bands out there. So today a parcel dropped through my letter box. Blackwater Park. The limited edition 2 CD version, wrapped in an all black sleave. And what an album. Unlike some CD's, this one instantly mesmorises. Brutal death metal riffs and vocals mix with cascading melody and accoustic parts and mellow vocals with some blues thrown in for good measure. The scope really is astounding. It's hard to put into words how good Opeth really are. Unlike a lot of bands, they are open to load's of different styles, but they all meld into that 'Opeth' sound. The arrangments are so eclectic and original, so melodic and heavy at the same time, it takes your breath away. So, if you have yet to experience 'Opeth', then 'Blackwater Park' is the perfect place to start. And make sure you buy the limited edition for the extra tracks and video. You will not regret it.
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This is THE album for me. a brilliant Cd which surpasses expectation and defies the basic conformed American radio rock. 'Blackwater park' is opeths fifth album named after a nineteen seventies progressive bands 1st and only album ‘Tudor rose' was the bands name. if you are an opeth fan, GET THIS NOW its one of the best opeth albums, if your of no clue what opeth are even on about with they’re 'crazy' song long lengths then I am going to tell you.
Black Water ark kicks off straight away with 'the leper affinity' the song takes 23 seconds for it to actually start, and when it does it doesn’t let you go. The whirlwind of distorted, yet clear guitars takes you away until Michael Akerfeldts' deep growling vocals rip your eyes out and blow you away. This song has more time changes than you can shake a stick at, a solo that is celestial, and the most brilliantly written song that you will of ever heard.
Bleak is a song that is schizophrenic, as it always has the underlying acoustic guitar within it. Another trademark of Blackwater park is the acoustical nature is has. this nature is not as much in display in any of opeths other albums, also akerfeldt's voice is much more deep and growly. Bleak is amazing just like the album, with jazz flourishes and a steady beat.
Harvest, is slow, very melancholic and doesn’t really seem to go anywhere it is one of my least favorite acoustic tracks and the fact that the bass is no where to be heard, the song has a permanent haze that is (in my eyes) annoying ad slightly boring.
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