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

About the Artist

Before 'Damnation' was released in 2003, all of Opeth's albums were known for the contrasting black and white, violent and delicate, heavy and light aspects in their music. On 'Damnation' however, they abandoned this concept of short musical interludes separating the band's explosions of black metal fury and progressive rock. Except for brief moments in 'Closure' (with producer Steven Wilson on Mellotron) the listener can't find one distorted power guitar chord, nor a pounding bass drum or growled vocal on this album. The album is filled with only mellow melancholy, reflective and alluringly mournful tracks like 'Windowpane', 'Death Whispered A Lullaby', 'Hope Leaves' and 'Ending Credits'. After the first release, Opeth fans needed time for this novelty to sink in but when it did it became an absolute new successful chapter to the band's repertoire.

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By A Customer 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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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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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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As the Man said, "Time for the songs that will get us chicks backstage)".

Damnation, the rock album by Opeth, and yet nowhere on rock's greatest albums lists (whether 00's, all time, you name it). How's that? Well, not too many open minded listeners and journalists I guess. Like, "Who are they? Opeth? Aren't they a death/doom metal band? Forget it, no publicity/radio play/magazine covers for them!" Or something like that.

Damnation deserves and HAS TO be listened by rock fans (after all I consider myself more a rock fan rather that a metal one). It's an album that was stuck on my CD player for more than 2 months. Mikael's voice is great, most songs are great (and catchy), Progressive Rock at it's finest.

Damnation is not my favorite Opeth album though, mainly because it's the kind of album that you get to listen to everyday, twice a day, for a long period of time, but after that you get a little bored of it. It does stand the test of time, but not so much as other Opeth albums I guess.

But don't listen to me, I'm just the whining type of guy. And here comes the ultimate cliche: Do yourself a favor, and go buy this album!
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Damnation is the seventh full-length studio album by Opeth. Produced by Steven Wilson, it was released five months after Deliverance, which was recorded at the same time. Both albums were dedicated by Mikael Åkerfeldt to his grandmother, who died in a car accident during their recording. That was also the reason he did not write lyrics to "Death Whispered a Lullaby" because of how distraught he was because of the incident, distracting him from doing so. The album was a radical departure from their typical death metal sound and the first Opeth release to do so containing a much softer style of music with clean vocals and guitar sounds, prominent mellotron, 1970s inspired progressive rock genre which features no heavy riffs, extendedly fast tempos and shorter songs. Despite the sound change differenced from most Opeth albums, it was critically acclaimed and boosted their popularity, leading to the release of Lamentations on DVD in late 2003.

Despite this album being devoid of the death metal sound, I think Damnation is very even though it's mellower than its predecessor Deliverance and other albums before that, and of course the quintessential 2005 album Ghost Reveries. For me, the best tracks on Damnation are the opener "Windowpane" (at 7 minutes and 45 seconds it is the longest track on this album but shorter than other pieces Opeth did in the past), "Hope Leaves" and the instrumental piece "Ending Credits" (some people would probably assume that this would be the final track on the album but that isn't so as "Weakness" follows it). Highly recommended.
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This perhaps a completly rock album for Opeth, but it works well! It is interesting melodic and very relaxing. Shows that Opeth are very talented and have a wide variety of music.

The drums are very good, interesting... Guitars are very melodic and nice! All intstruments played well! Great 'Normal' vocals, by Mikeal!

Though some of the 'Old' Opeth fans may find it a bit dull and boring. Not the 'True' Opeth. But give this a fair try, open minded and you may love this album, as I do!

BUY if you want to see the rock side of Opeth, but stay clear if your a huge fan of the metal stuff, as it could be a BIG shock!
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What a contrast not a growl to be heard. Listen to this blind and you would never think it was the mighty opeth. A staggering array of depth in in writing and how a band can go to to new levels and genres sit down relax and let the music take you. The most accessible album that opeth have done. Not just for the death brigade in fact this is the one album they may shun. A progressive rock masterclass
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