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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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  • Vinyl (29 Oct. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Music On Vinyl
  • ASIN: B0095DC0B0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,324 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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180 gram audiophile vinyl / Produced by Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree)

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Those who love Opeth for their storming death metal while loathing their prog-folk interludes should avoid Damnation like the plague. It turns out that 2002's Deliverance was so unutterably heavy because the band worked out most of their more pastoral sensibilities on Damnation, recorded at the same time. What's here is a complex and often acoustic album that proves 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.

This is not to say it's a retro album. For a start, those bands have been so comprehensively written out of rock history it's as if they never existed at all. Then there's the influence of 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, instead remaining forever trapped in post-relationship depression, drowning in loneliness and regret. His voice, here never reduced to a satanic roar, drifts beautifully over and under the band's dark folk and hypnotic soft rock progressions, as chiming twin guitars, recalling Wishbone Ash, drop casually in and out. It's still intense and often moving--it just doesn't shout about it. --Dominic Wills --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "seventhoracle" on 30 Aug. 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is my favourite Opeth album. The music sounds like it's always been around but yet somehow Opeth make it sound ethereal. Lovely lyrics and a variety of sounds blended together to make molten musical heaven. An album to get lost in. If I had more than two thumbs I'd hold them all up. But I don't. So two for Opeth.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Page on 19 Feb. 2006
Format: Audio CD
I'd listened to Opeth before, mostly on video media, and this was the first album I got hold of of theirs. It's a lot mellower than I expected it to be. There's no death, it's all prog, but so well-crafted there aren't really any moments where it lags. This is already one of my favourite rock albums - I've regained my faith that good, original rock music can still be written. I honestly can't think of any better rock album from the last decade, one of those which you listen to and think, every single one of those songs was genius. It's probably the subtlest album I own too, though at the same time there are some complex structures and new sounds here which make it psychadelic and almost hypnotic. A truly great and unique band are Opeth. I defy anyone who's into contemporary music, no matter how hardcore, to dislike this album.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Tilley on 4 Feb. 2004
Format: Audio CD
This in not the album to introduce you to Opeth. From the opening notes, its clear that this is going to be a different direction. And so it is.
Its worth bearing in mind that this album almost makes a pair with preceeding work 'Deliverance'. Deliverance was a very heavy, riff-ridden and scream filled album, and was quite excellent. Its only after listening to Deliverance that you can really appreciate Damnation.
In contrast to Deliverance, this album is mellow and melancholy all the way through. With no screams from the lead singer, and barely a distorted guitar to be heard (save for a touch on Closure), this is Opeth on a new path. To describe its atmosphere, imagine the lighter parts of Deliverance heard on songs such as 'Absent Friends' and 'Fair Judgement' and make them into an album.
This should not be your first Opeth purchase, and the lack of heaviness means this is not typical Opeth. It still works brilliantly, though. The songs are still thoughful and meaningful, and the lyrics still carefully considered. Taken for what it is, it is very impressive and no track is a filler. Certainly not something to mosh to, save this one for a grey sunday. Excellent.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Atomic Rooster on 30 April 2005
Format: Audio CD
People think that to listen to slow quiet music sissy, but Damnation is one in a million. The music and vocals are beautiful. Mikael Akerfeldt is a true genious. Damnation is one of those albums where it`s hard to pick a favourite song, because each song has a unique feature example: to rid the diease has the brilliant keyboard solo and windowpane has the legendary guitar solo. My personal favourite is windowpane. Damnation is easily one of the best albums ever written. The only thing that could make it better is if `Harvest` was on it too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mp Jones on 8 Oct. 2009
Format: Audio CD
As a fan of Opeths heavier side, (and brutal death metal in general) I approached this album with much caution as acoustics and clean vocals have never been my kind of thing. However, after a couple of listens I was shocked to hear just how eerie and twisted this band this can be, in fact the songs that compile "Damnation" have a much darker quality than that of say, "Orchid". This album is (in my opinion) a real masterpiece in the fact that appeals to so many listeners whether you are into Prog, Rock, Jazz or metal such as myself. Dont get me wrong it's not the ideal place to start if you are thinking of giving Opeth a try, (for that you will need "still life" or "Morningrise") however after discovering the basics of this band you will find "Damnation" to become a real gem in your Opeth collection.

Standouts: "Closure", "Windowpane".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. George Johnson VINE VOICE on 27 April 2003
Format: Audio CD
I was never a massive fan of Opeth's material, having listened to the "Arms" album, but I bought this and I was blown away.
Ok so first off it's a massive departure from the usual Opeth offerings but a welcome break and I congraulate the record company for having faith in their artist to release it.
The album basically consists of 8 semi-acoustic tracks, the clarity of which really allows the musicians to show their talent. If you think Alice in Chains unplugged but without the live pressure and audiance. This album is absolutly perfect for that wind-down on a Sunday morning drive the morning-after-the-night-before after a major hardcore gig. The slow pace and beautifully crafted songs really make you feel good, that's not to say Opeth have lost that dark edge, the lyrics themselves are as dark as any Goth's dream, wonderfully depressing!
So highlights for me have to be the wonderfully melodic first track "Windowpane" and the very ominous "To Rid the Disease" with it's hideously "Tell-Tale Heart" bass-line that drills into your brain.
If your a hardcore metal fan and you appreciate that musicians sometimes need to slow down and get that garbage out of their heads, get this album. Get it for those moments when the amps need to be unplugged and lights put down, but you still need a dark driving heart in your music.
At the moment, I can't get through my day without a quick blast of this album!
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