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“Watershed” by Opeth

Artist: Opeth
Title: “Watershed”
Label: Roadrunner Records
Release Date: 6/3/2008
Genre: Progressive Death Metal
Rating: 5/5

When Opeth first signed to Roadrunner Records there was scuttlebutt about the label interfering with the bands creative vision and ruining it for everyone as a result but despite this kind of talk the band gave us “Ghost Reveries” which was a stunning release. It was an album that presented new worlds of heaviness meets progginess to their fans and found them reaching for higher ground in terms of musical quality. The response that the release earned them made many wonder how the band could possibly hope to follow up the album and have the output be as good or impact the genre as much as this one had done and when you place “Watershed” in your CD player you will be happy to discover that the group has surpassed all expectations with flying colors. Such seems to be the common practice with a band like Opeth for they can never be referred to as a band of predictability or following the acceptable standard and instead make great strides in their material with each and every release. They are a band that has become as important to the Death Metal genre as Rush had become to the Progressive Rock genre so many decades ago. That being said, the scene and its ever changing geography are in excellent hands.
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“Ghost Reveries” by Opeth

Artist: Opeth
Title: “Ghost Reveries”
Label: Roadrunner Records
Release Date: 8/30/2005
Genre: Progressive Death Metal
Rating: 8.5/10

With the release of “Ghost Reveries”, the Swedish powerhouse Opeth continue their journey in becoming one of the key leaders in the Death Metal genre. There are those that have followed Opeth since early in their career and they can clearly identify each change very succinctly. The band has trekked musically since “Blackwater Park” (which some consider their masterpiece) to “Damnation” which was met with some hesitation. On “Damnation” the band took a very abrupt turn and made the entire piece Progressive with not much Metal on it at all. This was not received well by the diehard Death heads. The record showed that the band had grown and matured over time and during this has achieved a level of transition that most other bands can only hope for. No longer simply a very good Death Metal band they have shown that all genres can be progressive if they are creative enough have the daring to try. I don’t want to lie to the audience and say I have been an Opeth fan for many years and as a matter of fact while the name is long familiar, it was not until the “Lamentations” DVD that was released early last year that I even sat down and tried to absorb what this band was all about. The DVD showcased their entire “Damnation” CD and then did some of their heavier material at the end. I listened to friends copies of “Orchid” and “Blackwater to get a better idea of where they came from. It was an interesting study.
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