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Watershed [CD]

Opeth Audio CD
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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 (2 Jun 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Roadrunner
  • ASIN: B0015435LG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,363 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Coil
2. Heir Apparent
3. The Lotus Eater
4. Burden
5. Porcelain Heart
6. Hessian Peel
7. Hex Omega

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Multi-faceted 2008 album. Another essential step into the realms of metal immortality.

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4.0 out of 5 stars New Horizons 2 Jun 2008
Format:Audio CD
If you are new to Opeth about half this review will be lost on you... I do have some words for you however:- Opeth are worth getting into, they are worth the effort of listening to the album a couple of times. They will pay you back 10 fold. This album is in my opinion the most "aquired taste" of their discography so it might be worth getting one of their other albums first. Maybe Blackwater Park or Deliverance but deffinatly GO FOR IT!!!

So to the album. Overall I must say that this is an excellent album. The time taken over every detail is astonishing, the production dripping with new ideas and the songs moving into new places than other albums before. This album is as I said before and aquired taste. Some tracks like heir apparent will deffinatly turn some people off but it is important to give it time. To let your mind wrap around this and break it down so you can fully understand it. Here is a track by track breakdown of the album.

Track 1 Coil: This seems to be a good opening for the album, not diving in at the monsterishly heavy end of Opeth but rather introducing the rich sound scape that is retained through-out the album. I must say that the use of a female vocalist was an inspired decision. Not typical Opeth fair but great stuff.

Track 2 Hier Apparent: A heavy complex array of crushing guitar riffs soft keyboard/acoustic guitar sections. NOT FOR THE FAINT HEARTED! I am still trying to get my ming around the first riff 1:21. I must say i was impressed with the guitar work here, it is obvious that the guys have pushed it a bit further guitar wise. How the drummer keeps the tiem is beyond me.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece... No Joke! 2 May 2008
Format:Audio CD
Oh my god...

Like all Opeth albums it takes a few listens to get into, that's the beauty of Opeth's lasting appeal as the music doesn't get old. But this one has some extra tangents that have never been used before. I don't want to spoil them for you but there are some interesting things going on in here.

A lot of the album really goes back to their Deep Purple influences I can here s1974-1975 Purple-esque sounds coming out from every dark beautiful corner of this album. Imagine DPs Child in Time mixed with Emperor mixed with Pink Floyd.

I think it is a daring move using a lot of the things they have done in the album but as a whole album it really works. Opeth fans and well versed music fans alike will not be disappointed by this album it is both sinister and beautiful.

For want of a better term I think the direct of the band is much more Prog than it has ever been. The new line up is great and the only thing that's missing from the record as previous ones is some of Martin Lopez's drumming. Don't get me wrong I love Martin Axenrot but Lopez was a bit more of a tasteful drummer. Axenrot has a tendency to over do things where Lopez would have known less is more.

All in all a great album - Well worth the money and I'm not saying this from a `fan boy' perspective this is from a music lover!

For `open minded' fans of - Deep Purple, Emperor, Pink Floyd, Mostly Autumn, Camel, Therion, Porcupine Tree and Katatonia.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The album that truely got me into Opeth 26 Oct 2008
Format:Audio CD
A couple of years ago, I purchased the album 'Still Life' as I was curious to see what Opeth were like after hearing positive comments about them. Being a fan of metal and prog rock, I thought there was a good chance I could get into them. However I was not blown away by it, and only really listened to the opening track 'The Moor' which is a great song. I only listened to the album a few times, and thought it was average at best.

After listening to their latest effort, my view of Opeth completely changed! This album really gripped my attention on the first listen, and ended up listening to it regularly, liking it more every time. This album focuses much more on the prog rock element; 'Hessian Peel' is an outstanding piece of prog rock with bluesy elements, which has a sound derived from the 70s. From the opening track you can tell this is going to be something different from Opeth, with its pastoral introduction of "Coil" (even has a female vocalist!). The next two tracks feature their very heavy, death growling vocals, but they also combine interesting experimental prog rock elements, really taking the listener on a ride with plenty of depth for repeated listens.

Personally my favourite song has to be 'Burden'. This song is just beautiful; it was while hearing this for the first time which demonstrated what a talent band Opeth are. Instantly likable, but still gets better with every listen. Its short piano introduction, the slow melodic verses which suddenly abrupt into dramatic harmony, and the awesome instrumental which has elements similar to Deep Purple and Pink Floyd, while still remaining unique.

It was after hearing this album I began to appreciate 'Still Life' and other albums. They are a band that get better with every listen, so if you are into bands such as Pink Floyd, Deep Purple, Porcupine Tree or even Radiohead, there are worse things to do than listening to this with an open mind!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 1/2 stars really 8 July 2008
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Opeth's latest offering, "Watershed" was really something of a surprise, and comes as proof that they will never let us get comfortable and settle into a predictable rut as so many talented bands do. Instead, Opeth continue to challenge their listeners with something really quite different, not only from "Ghost Reveries" but also from all their previous albums. Of course it is still unmistakably Opeth, with Akerfeldt's trademark vocals and their unique combination of blasting death metal ferocity with mellow acoustic brilliance and awesome prog solos. However they have gotten a bit more experimental on us and mixed in some touches of jazz/blues (for example in the beautiful "Burden" and the unexpected funk section at the end of "the Lotus Eater"), a few moments of strings and flutes in the awesome "Heir Apparant", some very effective but not overused female vocals in the stunning opener "Coil" and the unexpected humour of the discordant ending of "Burden".

"Watershed" is also pleasantly varied and progresses very neatly through different styles, blending them together perfectly. They move very skillfully from the mellow acoustic sadness of "Coil" with its moving female vocals and beautiful lyrics into the brilliantly heavy, fantastically discordant "Heir Apparant", moving into the jazz tinged acoustic perfection of "Burden", then varying between the heavy and the melodic with their usual ease throughout the remaining songs. Some of them don't quite hit you at first and take a few listens to appreciate. Initially, hearing the complete change of direction of "The Lotus Eater" and the discordance of "Heir Apparant" I wondered what had gone wrong with Opeth, but "Watershed" is one of those albums that you will still be listening to in a year's time, not something catchy which hits you on the first listen and then you forget about it. I still think "Ghost Reveries" and "Still Life" probably can't be beaten, but "Watershed" hardly fails to live up to expectations.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Opeth - Watershed limited edition
This is the limited edition of the record...So, the making of is fun to watch as always especially if you are a fan of the band , the booklet is actually empty , just images there... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Chris Iliopoulos
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good album, although (in my opinion) not quite a patch on Ghost...
Watershed is the ninth full-length studio album by the Swedish progressive death metal band Opeth. Released by Roadrunner Records, Watershed is the first studio album by Opeth to... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mr. A. J. Tennant
5.0 out of 5 stars :)
Amazing band, fantastic album, not listened to it as much as some of the older albums, but still just as good
Published 10 months ago by Victoria Howard
5.0 out of 5 stars ONe Excellent trippy experimental fresh approach
The album watershed by Opeth is another brilliant mixed bundle untuned guitar and alsorts happens in this album. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Cubby Kovu
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great album!
i read an article on Opeth in the superb magazine Prog they sounded interesting i got Watershed from my local library to have a listen to see what i thought i must say i was... Read more
Published on 17 Oct 2011 by Timmy
5.0 out of 5 stars Up there with Blackwater Park as Opeths best offering
Having found Opeths previous offering Ghost Reveries a little too dense to wade through, getting lost within the heaviness of it all I was concerned in which way Opeth were aiming... Read more
Published on 12 Oct 2011 by Mira Prospekt
5.0 out of 5 stars BE aware EXTRA SONGS CAN NOT BE PLAYED ON CD PLAYER!!!!!!!
I ordered this edition JUST for Bridge of sighs.
I was gutted to find I can not play the 3 extra songs as it is on the DVD NOT the CD. Read more
Published on 3 Feb 2011 by HATTIE3
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible
(This album was my introduction to Opeth, resulting in this review. Seasoned Opeth fans might have differing opinions). Mikael Åkerfeldt is a genius. Read more
Published on 18 Dec 2010 by jabo
5.0 out of 5 stars Swedish. Progressive. Death. Metal.
Opeth takes chances like no other metal band and that's why they are the best. Lush and grandiose, pastoral at times, there's folk, prog, blues and jazz, psychedelic freakouts,... Read more
Published on 6 Aug 2010 by Alister King
5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid !
Fist time when I heard about Opeth was a compilation disk from Metal Hammer magazine. One song named "Burden" struck me immediately at first listen. Read more
Published on 2 Mar 2010 by O. A. Tan
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