Opeth - Damnation

Discussion in 'Music Reviews, Albums, Biography etc' started by tejas, Feb 3, 2005.

  1. tejas

    tejas ..........


    Artist: Opeth
    Album: Damnation
    Year: 2003
    Genre: Progressive Death Metal

    Track list:

    1. Windowpane (7:44)
    2. In My time of need (5:49)
    3. Death whispered a lullaby (5:50)
    4. Closure (5:15)
    5. Hope leaves (4:30)
    6. To rid the disease (6:21)
    7. Ending credits (3:39)
    8. Weakness (4:08)


    Mikael Åkerfeldt - Guitars, Vocals
    Peter Lindgren - Guitars
    Martin Lopez - Drums
    Martin Mendez - Bass

    Opeth, conceived by Vocalist/Guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt in 1990, are one of the pioneers of Progressive Death Metal. Through the years, they have proven their ability to mix up complex rhythms and symphonic melodies. From their debut album, Orchid to their most famous release Blackwater Park, Opeth have given their fans a wide range of music, from the heavy, yet wonderful Demon Of The Fall to the serene and melancholic To Bid You Farewell. Currently in their 2nd decade in the Metal scene, Opeth released two albums in 2003. First, the hard hitting, Deliverance and the second, the album in question, Damnation…

    The mood of this album is quite unique. All the tracks are very mellow, yet stunningly beautiful. The whole guitar work on this album is either on clean tone or on an Acoustic. This just goes to show that, you don’t need heavy slamming power chords to make a song sound dark. All the solos included on this album have a very bluesy feel to them, a feature rarely involved in a Death Metal album. The drumming is very laid back, but not overshadowed. The bass licks are extremely good; this is perhaps one of the best features of the album. And the vocals, they are just amazing. Mikael Åkerfeldt is at his best on this album. Proving yet again that he can actually sing, growling aside. His voice adds raw emotion to the songs. Lyrically, this album is extremely good poetry. Amazing imagery involved. Åkerfeldt is a truly gifted lyricist.

    The album starts of with a classic called Windowpane. This is the only song Opeth ever made a video for. The tack starts of with a clean intro backed by calm drumming. The string arrangement on this track is simply surreal. It really gives you what the vocalist is trying to convey through his lyrics in a simple haunting harmony. The ending is superb.

    The next song, In My Time Of Need, is another epic. The chorus is addictive, it will have you singing along the very second time you hear it, mark my words. The bass is particularly good on this song. Just like the first track, this one also has an atmospheric ending. The third track on the album is called “Death Whispered A Lullaby”. It is probably the best song on this album, lyrically. Very metaphoric lyrics, which will force you to form your own interpretation.

    The next track is called Closure. Truthfully speaking, the first 3 minutes are a little dull, but after that, there is a good breakdown, which blends into an Arabic rhythm of sorts. Very interesting indeed. On the whole this is a good song. Closure is followed by the extremely mellow “Hope Leaves”. Mikael sings beautifully on this song, and rates this as one of his personal favorites. The guitar is also very good on this.

    Next comes “To Rid The Disease”. This is my personal favourite on this album. The piano and string arrangement is awesome on this song. The lyrics are perfect. The vocals are brilliant and so is the guitar work. When Mikael sings, “I have lost all trust I had in you..”, he really pulls you into the song. Halfway though, the song breaks down for a piano roll, which quickly shifts into the main guitar part. Over all, this is a great song.

    This is followed by the instrumental, “Ending Credits”, which consists of a little overdriven solo over an acoustic track. I don’t know why they named this Ending Credits but it would definitely work as background music for ending credits in my opinion. The last track on the album is called “Weakness”. This song sounds very dark and has very little instrumentation. Still, given the mood of the album, flows perfectly, ending this amazing album.

    On the whole, this is a truly unique album. Even if you are not a fan of Opeth, I suggest you get this, because I assure you, you will not regret it. The album showcases the brilliant musicmanship of this quartet. Going from heavy death metal, to soft acoustic rock is one thing, but doing both perfectly is another. Opeth do it like nobody can. This is an album worth spending money on. Go get it.

    Rating: Five stars.

    Best Tracks: To Rid The Disease, Windowpane and In My Time Of Need.
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  2. d_ist_urb_ed

    d_ist_urb_ed Genuflect b*tches!

    Cool review bro:rock: It actually made me start downloading the album. Accurate review. Good piece of work:)
  3. tejas

    tejas ..........

    Hey, nice to learn it had some effect, cause thats the whole point of this. Thank you.
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  4. lord_neo

    lord_neo Guest

    Good review, Tejas! Have given you reps for it.
  5. tejas

    tejas ..........

    Thanks Neo. I forgot to add the cover. I shall do that now. Thanks again.
  6. 6String_assasin

    6String_assasin The Painkiller

    hey this was the opeth album i was searching for for a long time..thnx ;) nice review.
  7. tejas

    tejas ..........

    Thanks 6 string. Glad it helped.
  8. d_ist_urb_ed

    d_ist_urb_ed Genuflect b*tches!

    Request tejas to do a review of Blackwater park. I feel that anybody who has listened to Damnation and liked it has to know about Blackwater Park.
  9. tejas

    tejas ..........

    Well...I'll try doing that aswell. Most probably I will, unless DMF beats me to it.
  10. death_metal_fan

    death_metal_fan oh goody, it's a woody!

    Nah...Opeth are all yours to review. Go for it bro. :beer:
  11. tejas

    tejas ..........

    ^^ Hehe. Thanks Man. I'll do it then.
  12. d_ist_urb_ed

    d_ist_urb_ed Genuflect b*tches!

    Amazing, waiting eagerly for Blackwater Park.
  13. shsnawada

    shsnawada Cyborgs & Pasta

    So am I. Great album, dont forget the 2 bonus tracks.
  14. the_wizard

    the_wizard Omega == God

    gr8 album...and gr8 review...

    In My time of need---my fav frm the album
  15. jekyll

    jekyll Banned

    I have an Opeth CD ...

    but still havta listen to it :p:

    but now will surely listen after going thru the thread
  16. beelzebub

    beelzebub New Member

    Awesome band. Touring now!

    Opeth is an awesome band!
    My fav songs: The Drapery Falls, Demon of the Fall, Windowpane, Death Whispered a Lullaby
    Anybody going to their show on Oct 26th at Detroit, MI?
  17. the_wizard

    the_wizard Omega == God

    Windowpane :rock: :rock:

    Nah dude...dunno if anyone from here is going....dont think so...coz most here are in India...with an exception of a few....they better clarify....neway...if u do go for the gig let us know how was it

    anyway welcome to IGT.. :)
  18. shyam

    shyam New Member

    FINALLY SOME INDIANS who're into OPEth!!!
    Awsome stuff guys!!
    THEY're my favourite band.
    I got into them through blackwater park...
    My favourite songs: Still Day Beneath The Sun from BlackWaterPark
    Benighted from Still Life

    Damnation is one of my all time favourite albums..Tejas mah good man, To Rid the disease, a superb Song indeed...Fine taste you have...STILL BORN THE TRUST IN YOU!!! I have LOST ALl TRUST i HAD IN YOUUUUUU!!!!
    two of my favourite lines from the song...and the riff you play for the backing of this, is one of the most ***iest riffs ive ever learnt...
    ALl in all, good review...
    Open your eyes to Opeth people...
  19. shsnawada

    shsnawada Cyborgs & Pasta

    Someone please post a review of ghost reveries before i do it......awesome album (another one...i'm getting bored of awesome music..gotto return to machine head)
  20. death_metal_fan

    death_metal_fan oh goody, it's a woody!

    Working on it.

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