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Matchless originality...but have I gotten used to this now..?
on 13 November 2008
There is no doubt that Opeth are one of the most truly original rock bands of all time. They may one day be looked upon as pioneers that stretched the boundaries of popular music, encompassing, as their albums do, swirling death metal cacophonies and gorgeous, organic folk rock.
Yet this album has not grabbed me as previous LP's 'Ghost Reveries', 'My Arms Your Hearse', 'Blackwater Park' and their peerless acoustic masterpiece 'Damnation', did.
Why? Because around 2001, Opeth became my favourite band, and consequently, I overdosed on them in a big way. I've played them to death. But this album does not let them down, or embarrass the legacy at all, yet i can't give it five stars, as i'm afraid to say, I have heard it before. Anyone discovering them now, or who has only been into them for a short while, I'm jealous of you - there's a lot of great music to enjoy. But back to 'Watershed': the production is pristine, and the band tight as ever. I'm actually having to listen to it again as i type this, just to make sure i do it justice, but i have to be honest - it does sound fantastic, but i simply know what to expect...