Opeth – Damnation

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Published on 8 March 2019 by

      Eduardo Rivadavia: ‘Released in 2003, Opeth – Damnation is easily the most radical departure of Opeth’s career. The companion piece to the previous year’s Deliverance set, to which it was originally inextricably married (before record company marketing men got their dirty little hands on them), the album is the first to explore the group’s non-heavy metal-based songwriting both at length and exclusively. Since all of Opeth’s previous outings were specifically conceived for the express purpose of contrasting heavy and light, violent and delicate, black and white, such a uniform presentation would already be surprising enough, but perhaps even more astounding is the realization that Damnation can’t even be termed a heavy metal album. This is because, except for very brief moments in the excellent “Closure,” not a distorted power guitar chord, not a pounding bass drum, not a growled death vocal is to be found here — only mellow, melancholy, deeply reflective numbers boasting melodic electric and acoustic guitars, the odd bit of piano and Mellotron (performed by the producer, Porcupine Tree’s Steve Wilson), and background string arrangements. ….. In fact, even traditional rock fans with no interest in heavy metal whatsoever are likely to appreciate Opeth – Damnation for its beautifully assembled, reliably high-caliber songwriting — it’s that good. As for devout metalheads seeking their first taste of Opeth’s usual, furiously metallic onslaught, they should start with the aforementioned Deliverance or perhaps 2000’s Blackwater Park in order to get a more accurate glimpse of the Opeth they’ve been reading about. Ideally, however, open-minded listeners will sample both Deliverance and Damnation in the manner intended in the first place: together, as dissimilar halves comprising an astoundingly inspired whole.’

 

Opeth – Damnation Tracklist

  1.  Windowpane 0:00 – 7:43
  2.  In My Time Of Need 7:44 – 13:31
  3.  Death Whispered a Lullaby 13:32 – 19:21
  4.  Closure 19:22 – 24:37
  5.  Hope Leaves 24:38 – 29:08
  6.  To Rid the Disease 29:09 – 35:28
  7.  Ending Credits 35:29 – 39:04
  8.  Weakness 39:04 – 43:15

Opeth - Damnation

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