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Opeth

Brought together in Stockholm by guitarists Peter Lindgren and Mikael Åkerfeldt in 1990, Opeth added progressive influences and acoustic instrumentation to their brand of Swedish death metal. As the group progressed, it was very common for an Opeth live set to fly in several different musical directions -- and an average song lasted no less than ten minutes. Impressed by their originality, Candlelight Records released their debut full-length in 1995, which was titled Orchid, and featured a rhythm section of bassist Johan de Farfalla and drummer Anders Nordin. Edge of Sanity mastermind Dan Swano produced the band's ambitious second album, Morningrise, in 1996, after which they embarked on a brief tour with Morbid Angel. Century Media took notice and not only licensed Opeth's first two albums for the United States, but also planned on releasing their next album on both sides of the Atlantic. With the recruitment of bassist Martin Mendez and drummer Martin Lopez (ex-Amon Amarth) to replace the departed de Farfalla and Nordin, Opeth's third album, My Arms, Your Hearse, was released in 1998 to glowing reviews, establishing the band as a leading force in progressive metal with death roots.

Released in 1999, Still Life displayed even more of the band's prog rock influences, and the following year the band played its first U.S. concert at the Milwaukee Metalfest. Blackwater Park, titled after an obscure psychedelic prog outfit from the '70s, was released in early 2001. The album created a huge buzz among progressive metal fans, who had begun to lump the band in with other experimental metal bands like Tiamat. Instead of waiting until the buzz died down, the band released Deliverance in the fall of 2002. The following year, Opeth surprised fans with the release of Damnation, an album that was almost completely devoid of any heavy metal trappings and focused instead on acoustic instruments and traditional songwriting. Ghost Reveries arrived in 2005 and proved to be a return to form for the band. Opeth returned in 2007 with Roundhouse Tapes: Opeth Live, and in 2008 with the all-new studio album Watershed. In 2010, the band followed up with another live album, In Live Concert at the Royal Albert Hall. The set was recorded at the famous London venue and featured the band playing its breakout album, Blackwater Park, in its entirety.

Opeth shifted stylistic gears dramatically for 2011's Heritage. While writing for the album, Åkerfeldt fell under the spell of the music of Swedish folk music, Alice Cooper, and many spaces between. The sound, while remaining Opeth's, was also quite different, far more prog than death metal. In fact, if anything, it was the sound of the band leaving death metal behind. The album's cover was loaded with symbolism depicting the change. Heritage was also the last Opeth recording to feature keyboardist Per Wiberg. The album was released in September on Roadrunner. The new musical direction displayed on Heritage was, if anything, the origin for the next chapter in the band's musical evolution. After a global tour and a long rest, the band returned to recording in Sweden with mixing engineer Steven Wilson. Pale Communion, released in August of 2014, was a complete abandonment of metal for prog rock. ~ Mike DaRonco & Thom Jurek, Rovi
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Pale Communion Needs To Be Added! NOW!
Opeth's music has been one of the best journeys of my life ,nonstop relentless inspiration for having all the musical freedom one can desire, viva la musica!
Still life, still death
You don't like the music go away don't complain
Why can we not just only like music and keep s**t comments to ourselves
Haha relax kid just making a statement. Me not listening to the albums has no affect on you whatsoever. And your arguing with a guy who likes the same band as you. Some bands just change and you lose the taste for it. It happens. Guess I'll have to wait for the bloodbath album...or do you not know what bloodbath is
Hey losboontas: How about you shut the hell up and keep your stupid opinions to yourself. You must be a moron to think the last 2 albums are unlistenable . Clean your ears out, or go listen to music that is easy for your child like brain. Try AC/DC or Metallica
We already had the non-metal vocal album which was Damnation. Last 2 albums are just unlistenable . Doesn't have the same feeling and emotion behind even the softer old songs like patterns in the ivy II. Ghost reveries last great album
Their music just keeps getting better.
Too bad the new album Pale communion is not even metal anymore, I loved the style and dark athmosphere of Under the weeping Moon.
For the best prog death hair style follow these easy steps. 1: don't cut your hair 2: brush really straight 3: ???? 4: profit
LMFAO at Mikael Akerfeldt's Hair Stylist.
Best ever obviously
Even my 2 and a half year old daughter loves this band!
I agree with bpmaturen4. Opeth is by far, one of the most talent-drive n bands in the history of metal.
Opeth is one of the greatest bands in the history of metal, along with Sabbath, Zeppelin, Priest, Maiden, and early Metallica, even if Opeth doesn't enjoy the popularity of those bands. Their musical talent and Mikael's songwriting are unsurpassed, they are amazing live, and no band ever, IMO, has put out so many high-quality albums. I'm a little lukewarm on Heritage, but that has more to do with the actual sound of the album than the songs themselves. Regardless, incredible band.
in my list of my favorite bands
Not sure, but the change may have coincided with them working with Steven Wilson or Porcupine Tree and No-Man fame. I like the change.
I started getting into Opeth around the Blackwater Park days, I fell in love with this band.. something changed though that lost interest after watershed. that was it for me, don't really like Heritage, sounds like Damnation with a heavy twist.. still love them, I'm just waiting to see what the new album will sound like. exited as well.
NEW ALBUM COMING SOON!!! SO EXCITED!!!
Some of the info on this is wrong. Martin Lopez left the band half way through ghost reveries. Peter left right before they started recording Watershed and Pir left right before the recording of Heritage. The old line up will always be my favorite but I think this new change in Opeth is great. I love the Heritage album.
Definately my favorite band. All of them have such amazing talent! I really don't see anything wrong with Heritage, if you are a true Opeth fan, you would at LEAST consider listening to it. Again, great band. My favorite songs are By The Pain I See In Others, Windowpane, and Ghost of Perdition (all of them are my favorite, but I figured I should just pick three).
Seen these guys 10 times . Best underrated band ever. The Drapery Falls favorite song live. would listen to these guys at work during 10 hour shift an no one else an it would not get old since their song as so different an nothing sounds the same.
I'm with Jerry. Damnation is my favorite album front to back. But my favorite song is To Bid You Farewell. A truly beautiful song.
love this awesome group
I've waited for this song, might be my favorite.
Heck ya they are. I saw them for their heritage tour a couple years ago. Such a great show.
These guys are amazing live.
This is the most epic, badass, talented, technically savvy band in ever. Excuse my brevity, but there's really no other way to put it.
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Posted on the April Ethereal track page.
brendan.g.ad a m s 9
Quite possibly the best band on the planet. I think Heritage would have been a great album if Lopez and Lindgren were still in the lineup. Axe and Akesson are a good fit for the heavier Opeth stuff, as on Watershed, but I don't think they fit well on Heritage. Heritage has some great moments, but I think it's inconsistent and one of the weakest Opeth albums as a whole.
Damnation is my favorite Opeth album. This band has compiled an impressive catalog. Definitely worth listening to every song they ever created. That is if you know good music when you hear it. If you want heavy search Bloodbath they kinda rule.
They are talented musicians and limitless. They don't cater to a single facet or genre, evolving as they grow older. We are just along for the ride.
I have to agree with mike. Jethro Tull and Opeth is not a very good marriage. Thankfully, Opeth has an abundance of true Opeth sound archived.
Side note: I still love Opeth. Just disappointed in them.
The new album sucks. I'm not pissed about there not being growls, because Damnation was awesome. But the new album is too Jethro Tull for me.
me too this Saturday
romanferrer
Going to see them and Katatonia in May. Soooo can't wait!!!
Opeth's clean moments are my favorite. They especially shine to me when they do acoustic stuff. I love the growls and the heavy too though
@Jamie Brauner
No the band isn't moving away from growling. They just put out an album where they don't growl. They have done it before (Damnation). They are very much a death metal prog band still. Sorry you don't like the growling, i love it. Mikael sounds like an angel when he sings and Satan when he growls, it adds a whole other dimension to the music.
There is a distinct reason Opeth is moving away from the growling, the band, and the writing is evolving for the better... it is called progressive rock for a reason. Growling has such a limited tonal palate and it really pigeonholes this amazing and artistic band into the depths of the death metal genre. Anyone can make loud noises and grunt on a record, it takes true artistry to produce music that is complex, beautiful, dark, and hard edge all at the same time. These guys do it VERY well!
Good stuff.
Raleigh May 5!
BlackwaterPa r k might be Opeth's masterpiece.
Two words: Porcupine Tree
@vegetarianb u r r i t o your an idiot
Why do so many people compare them to Pink Floyd? I have listened extensively to both bands, and I must say, after a while... Pink Floyd kind of sucks. Especially their first couple of albums. It's not even the same feel, not the same skill, not the same emotions. It's okay for a band to be viewed as original without being compared to anyone else, especially an inferior LSD-dependen t mess.
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i am not a fan of the song Bleak, most of the vocals sounds way opposite of the music, i'd give it a C-
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