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5.0 out of 5 stars Flawless Heavy Progressive Music!!
I finally took the plunge and bought this album after toying with the idea for a couple of years. Porcupine Tree are one of my favourite bands and Steve Wilson helped produce this album. The only thing that put me off was the idea of listening to all the Death Metal grunts that I knew would proliferate. I have written this review just to say that if there is anyone else...
Published on 11 Nov 2006 by Richard Smithston
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1.0 out of 5 stars The Drapery Falls - Ruined
Blackwater Park - a classic album getting the best type of remix. I would love this and on the whole, I do, however, the problem is the best song on the album - The Drapery Falls - is monumentally destroyed.
For whatever reason, the song "Harvest" is repeated on loop all the way through, at 50% of the volume, meaning you can barely hear anything but Mikael's...
Published on 18 April 2010 by Annoyed fan
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blacwater Park - Flawless,
No wonder there isn't a bad review for this album, anywhere!
Basically, you haven't really heard anything exactly like Opeth. And 'Blackwater Park' is their masterpiece.
Enormously heavy riffs, big strong death vocals, beautiful acoustic melodies, stunning soft vocals and then back again. That's about the only way i can describe it, but it works so well.
Opener 'The Leper Affinity' is a prime example; a 10minute epic that tears into pounding guitars, rolling drums and a wall of vocal power, breaks into a stop-start-riff leading into a thumb-twiddling solo... and that's just the first 3minutes!!! Other mentions have to go to the brilliantly heavy 'Bleak' & 'The Funeral Portrait' as well as the lighter touches like folk-tinged 'Harvest' and the beautifully short acoustic 'Patterns In The Ivy'
Give Opeth a try & the likelihood is, you will be surprised at how much you like it. All i can say is buy it if you like any heavy metal.
5 stars & HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! (also get their RoadRunner debut, 'Ghost Reveries')
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - but they've done better, I've been told,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Speechless.This is beyond words.,
Opeth's music is simply genius. They combine brutal, but often melodic and emotional, death metal-esque sections with gorgeous acoustic sections. Singer Mikael Akerfeldt also alternates between a brutal death growl and beautiful clean singing. This usually means that their songs are multi-faceted and epic, usually over nine minutes long. Their songs are also hugely emotional pieces of work that can convey emotion and speak to the listener on a level that no other band I have ever heard can. This album is perhaps the best exapmle of all these virtues. After the stunning concept album Still Life, the band actually managed to create an even more stunning album. With Blackwater Park, the band had some of their most accessible songs yet. The production here is just flawless and it allows to band to create stunning musical textures on tracks such as Bleak and The Drapery Falls. The songs on this album are even more stunningly beautiful and flowing than on their previous works. The songs all come together perfectly like one big suite. Apart from the lush acoustic song Harvest, these songs are not bound to typical song structures. They change vastly during their running times. Death metal sections, almost groovy riffs, acoustic guitars and pianos are all used to create these highly emotional pieces of music. The songs are all extremely powerful and display a variety of different emotions.
What's so great about Opeth is that you don't even have to like death metal or black metal to like them. Just listen to these songs and you will be taken to a place that you thought no music could ever take you. This is, to me at least, Opeth's most powerful artistic statement and its magnificence transcends the entire metal genre. I can't recommend it highly enough.
5.0 out of 5 stars Monument of Progressive Metal,
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantstic album from Opeth,
Opeth entered to Studio Fredman to begin work on Blackwater Park on 10th August 2000. The band had no previous lyrics written and had only rehearsed three times before entering the studio. The band's engineer Fredrik Nordström had arranged for the group to stay in a small room in the studio that had four beds. Opeth stayed there for around two weeks and then later rented out Dark Tranquillity member Mikael Stanne's flat. After recording the basic drums, rhythms, bass and acoustic guitars, Wilson arrived to produce the clean vocals and add some guitar leads. Åkerfeldt wrote that Wilson had an "immense impact on the recording" and after working with him the group entered "a new phase".
Blackwater Park is yet another excellent album by Opeth - did you know that they named this album and a couple of their other albums (My Arms, Your Hearse and Still Life) after progressive rock bands from the 1970s? Anyway, this album is another masterpiece and is very highly recommended, particularly because of its 12-minute title track "Blackwater Park" and the acoustic piece "Harvest" (to be fair, all of the tracks on this album are great so it's difficult to choose a favourite).
4.0 out of 5 stars opeth,
will be a nice introduction for some old prog fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Blackwater Masterpiece,
So Blackwater Park. Considered by many to be the finest thing Opeth have ever committed to disc. My favourite album will always be Morningrise, but this is definately one of Opeth's best albums. And considering the calibre of their back catalogue thats high praise indeed.
I normally don't do track by tracks but I think this album deserves it so:
The Leper Affinity: Starts quietly before launching into mighty riffting. A surprisingly aggressive song to start the album with. Nice little piano outro is a well added touch. As ever Opeth's attention to detail shine through here.
Bleak: A Slow starting track due to a repeating harmony for about the first 3-4 mins but its a track that slowly build up to a crashing crescendo.
Harvest: An acoustic track. Beautifully haunting and very dark. Steve Wilson also adds some leads to this one.
The Drapery Falls: For me the best song on the album. Slow starting, and clean sung for the most part, until about the last 3rd of the song when Mikael unleashes some of his finest growls ever recorded. Haunting, Dark but Brutal. This song alone shows exactly why Opeth are held in such high regard in terms of musicianship and pushing the envelope.
Dirge For November: Again an acoustic passage starts this song, before building into some haunting, almost evil melodies. Chorus on this one is excellent, you find yourself singing along after the first few listens.
The Funeral Portrait: The heaviest song on the album. Starts acousticly before unleashing some headbanging riffs. Proof that Opeth can write some songs that will ensure moshing at any live showing.
Patterns In The Ivy: This "song" is an acoustic interval that is there to provide some breathing space, before leading up to the next song nicely...
Blackwater Park: Perfect end to this album. Again some great riffs start this off, before it desolves into an acoustic interlude that lulls you into a sense of peace before unleashing more heavy riffs at you. Mighty.
If you are new to Opeth, this is a good starting point. A nice midway between their earlier, more death-metal albums of Orchids and Still Life, and the more Prog albums such as Watershed. If you are a fan of prog rock, there's a lot to like about Opeth, although if you aren't used to growled vocals, it can take some getting used to. Opeth are a unique band that are able to combine two genres seemingly at odds with each other, and make something powerful, aggressive and brutal, but at the same time expansive, haunting and beautiful. Well worth a listen if you are a fan of music that aspires to be more than just a distraction, and instead be something designed to pull you in and immerse you.
5.0 out of 5 stars Top tier vinyl reissue of a masterful album,
This review is from: Blackwater Park [VINYL] (Vinyl)This is a gatefold reissue of the already classic Blackwater Park. The packaging is flawless in all respects and the sound is just great.
Despite the somewhat steep price this is absolutely essential.
5.0 out of 5 stars good progressive death metal,
1.0 out of 5 stars Drapery falls,
What a bloody shame....
DO NOT BUY THIS until they fixed the error, which i wonder will they ever.....
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