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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 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, signaled the band's complete embrace of prog rock. Opeth signed to Nuclear Blast in June of 2016 and announced a new album titled Sorceress with the release of a teaser video. In July, they issued the first of eight YouTube webisodes, revealing that the album had been recorded in 12 days at Rockfield Studios in Wales -- the same location where the band cut Pale Communion. Sorceress was released at the end of September in the middle of their American tour. ~ Mike DaRonco & Thom Jurek
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Pale Communion

1. Eternal Rains Will Come

2. Cusp Of Eternity

3. Moon Above, Sun Below

4. Elysian Woes

5. Goblin

6. River

7. Voice Of Treason

8. Faith In Others

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Track List: Heritage

1. Heritage

2. The Devil's Orchard

3. I Feel The Dark

4. Slither

5. Nepenthe

6. Haxprocess

7. Famine

8. The Lines In My Hand

9. Folklore

10. Marrow Of The Earth

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Track List: Watershed

1. Coil

2. Heir Apparent

3. The Lotus Eater

4. Burden

5. Porcelain Heart

6. Hessian Peel

7. Hex Omega

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Track List: Lamentations: Live at Shepherd's Bush Empire 2003

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Track List: Ghost Reveries

1. Ghost Of Perdition

2. The Baying Of The Hounds

3. Beneath The Mire

4. Atonement

5. Harlequin Forest

6. Hours Of Wealth

7. The Grand Conjuration

8. Isolation Years

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Track List: Damnation

1. Windowpane

2. In My Time Of Need

3. Death Whispered A Lullaby

4. Closure

5. Hope Leaves

6. To Rid The Disease

7. Ending Credits

8. Weakness

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Track List: Deliverance

1. Wreath

2. Deliverance

3. A Fair Judgement

4. For Absent Friends

5. Masters Apprentices

6. By The Pain I See In Others

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Track List: Blackwater Park

1. The Leper Affinity

2. Bleak

3. Harvest

4. The Drapery Falls

5. Dirge Of November

6. The Funeral Portrait

7. Patterns In The Ivy

8. Blackwater Park

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Track List: My Arms, Your Hearse

1. Prologue

2. April Ethereal

3. When

4. Madrigal

5. The Amen Corner

6. Demon Of The Fall

7. Credence

8. Karma

9. Epilogue

10. Circle Of The Tyrant

11. Remember Tomorrow

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Track List: Morningrise

1. Advent

2. The Night And The Silent Water

3. Nectar

4. Black Rose Immortal

5. To Bid You Farewell

6. Eternal Soul Torture

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Track List: Orchid

1. In Mist She Was Standing

2. Under The Weeping Moon

3. Silhouette

4. Forest Of October

5. The Twilight Is My Robe

6. Requiem

7. The Apostle In Triumph

8. Into The Frost Of Winter

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Track List: Cusp Of Eternity (Single)

2. Cusp Of Eternity

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Track List: Sorceress

1. Persephone

2. Sorceress

3. The Wilde Flowers

4. Will O The Wisp

5. Chrysalis

6. Sorceress 2

7. The Seventh Sojourn

8. Strange Brew

9. A Fleeting Glance

10. Era

11. Persephone (Slight Return)

12. The Ward

13. Spring MCMLXXIV

14. Cusp Of Eternity (Live)

15. The Drapery Falls (Live)

16. Voice Of Treason (Live)

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Track List: Still Life

1. The Moor

2. Godhead's Lament

3. Benighted

4. Moonlapse Vertigo

5. Face Of Melinda

6. Serenity Painted Death

7. White Cluster

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Track List: The Roundhouse Tapes

Disc 1

2. Ghost Of Perdition (Live)

4. Bleak (Live)

Disc 2

1. Windowpane (Live)

2. Blackwater Park (Live)

3. Demon Of The Fall (Live)

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Huge thank you to the substitute teacher I had at art class a while ago for chatting about all sorts of metal with me (and teaching my classmates about metal in the mean time \m/) and getting me to rediscover Opeth again. I had listened to their more popular heavy songs and their very soft pieces, but not through entire albums or anything. So glad I did. Now I'm addicted. Beautiful stuff.
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I got into Opeth on accident, about 13 yrs ago. I had just been introduced to black metal, death metal, Gore grind, etc... and was browsing a CD store by cover art, band logos, song titles, s**t like that. I came across the Morningrise album, the logo was kinda gay with a dragonflies or whatever on it. But I knew just from the black and white cover art and sheer song length alone it must be something good. Been hooked ever since. I don't listen much these days but I own everything up till ghost
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II feel like a real loser for not discovering Opeth till recently. I've been missing out, really amazing music. Tour Chicago please!
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I feel like a real loser that I had not discovered Opeth till recently. I've been missing out, really amazing music. Tour Chicago please!
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Love em!
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ive recently started to get into this band. Ive only heard the albums Heritage and Ghost Reveries (which i bought). and i'm really liking this band. good stuff
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Stellar! !!!!!! Heard a song from sorceress the other day n phenomenal! !!!! Still !!!!!
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Can't say enough about opeth!!!!! They fukn the s**t!!!!!
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Watershed is underrated
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I completely understand why tool is labeled as a similiar artist here. They may sound nothing alike, but musically speaking, these bands are in the same vein of music as far as complexity. Both bands play in a style that is often imitated but never duplicated. Personally, i think both of them reinvented the instruments they play for theyre own needs.
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New album Sorceress announced!!
Love Opeth now. Always liked their acoustic stuff. I'm glad that they abandoned the death metal vocals.
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Have to jus say........n o t krazy about the new opeth....... . h o w e v e r . .......am krazy bout "blackwater park"....... . . . . .
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Whyyyyyy the new sound is not good death metal is their roots not hootie and the blow fish a band called elevite is my new opeth
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mikeneubauer
These two reviewers have it right on the nose: this now a prog rock band.
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Opeth is Fantastic!
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kimberlycarp e n t e r 2 2 2
Am I hearing the Chapman Stick in their music?
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Hey it's been 2 years since I commented on here.. Wondering if I'll be able to comment In my time of need.. Hmm
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I'm only willing to put up with their pre- my arms, your hearse stuff because I know what they developed into and that it was part of their journey. Most everything they've released since '98 has been pretty much pure gold.
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leppek8
Where have you been all my life? I just discovered after I created my Pandora Porcupine Tree station and Opeth is prominent in the playlist. I am blown away. LOVE.
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I love it when a band is able to make a niche for themselves. When I listen to Opeth, the songs are memorable and distinguish.
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I never had the patience to give these guys a chance. I am totally into it!
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dgordy2
When changed my life
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cleanses my soul :)
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ryansmith312 1 5
Great musicians awesome live show and just all around a good group of guys ....I still can't get behind their new sound tho.... It's unfortunate
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Still kicking a**, 20 years on.
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skyxxfire
@Vee Same
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@Ben Christensen Definitely!! ! LA. Wouldn't miss it for anything in the world.
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skyxxfire
Anyone else going to NY or LA?
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dbarneski
I agree with Losbloontas. I love Opeth, but the last two albulms are not good. Thank you for live concerts. And no i do not think he knows who blodbath is.
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Sleep my child
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Yeah tool should never be compared to opeth wtf is Pandora smoking lol
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Similar artists: Tool.

LOL. wut?
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Love them��������
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Timeless metal. One of the greatest bands ever.
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Pale Communion Needs To Be Added! NOW!
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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!
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Still life, still death
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You don't like the music go away don't complain
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Why can we not just only like music and keep s**t comments to ourselves
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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
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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
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Their music just keeps getting better.
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Too bad the new album Pale communion is not even metal anymore, I loved the style and dark athmosphere of Under the weeping Moon.
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For the best prog death hair style follow these easy steps. 1: don't cut your hair 2: brush really straight 3: ???? 4: profit
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LMFAO at Mikael Akerfeldt's Hair Stylist.
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Best ever obviously
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Even my 2 and a half year old daughter loves this band!
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I agree with bpmaturen4. Opeth is by far, one of the most talent-drive n bands in the history of metal.
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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.
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in my list of my favorite bands
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