Opeth - Watershed


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Release date: 3 June 2008
Style: Progressive metal

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Disc I
01. Coil [feat. Nathalie Lorichs]
02. Heir Apparent
03. The Lotus Eater
04. Burden
05. Porcelain Heart
06. Hessian Peel
07. Hex Omega
08. Derelict Herds [bonus]
09. Mellotron Heart [bonus]

Disc II [DVD 5.1 Mix, Special Edition]
01. Coil [feat. Nathalie Lorichs]
02. Heir Apparent
03. The Lotus Eater
04. Burden
05. Porcelain Heart
06. Hessian Peel
07. Hex Omega
08. Derelict Herds [bonus]
09. Bridge Of Sighs [Robin Trower cover] [bonus]
10. Den Ständiga Resan [Marie Fredriksson cover] [bonus]
+ Rehearsal Tapes [documentary]

Top 20 albums of 2008: 10

Line-up
Mikael Åkerfeldt - vocals, guitars
Per Wiberg - keyboards, vocals
Fredrik Åkesson - guitars
Martin Axenrot - drums
Martín Méndez - bass

Session musicians
Karin Svensson - violin
Christoffer Wadensten - flute
Lisa Almberg - english horn, oboe
Andreas Tengberg - cello

Guest musicians
Nathalie Lorichs - vocals

Additional info
Collector's Edition CD:
- The digipak includes a bonus disc which includes a 5.1 audio mix of the entire album with three bonus tracks, extensive video content, and expanded artwork.

Double green 2-LP:
- Reissued only for the Record Store Day of 2014.

Staff review by
Demonic Tutor
Rating:
9.1
Every time Swedish masters Opeth release a new album, expectations from their hordes of fans are very high. This time around, with the departure of two very influential long-time members, their new record Watershed could have been the end of an era. However, Watershed is yet another tour de force performance from Opeth.

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published 22.08.2008 | Comments (105)

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19.11.2016 - 19:09
Rating: 8
Unhealer
Eclecticist
Written by Zaph on 19.11.2016 at 17:45

Saw them live again this week and had to laugh pretty hard when Mikael introduced "Heir Apparent" saying "Back in the day I think I specifically wrote this song to be heavy, just to shut up some motherfuckers who were complaining" to which someone in the audience replied; "YOU SHOULD DO THAT AGAIN!"


I love how the guy in the audience didn't mind admitting himself to be a complaining motherfucker
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02.04.2017 - 20:57
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by Zaph on 19.11.2016 at 17:45

Saw them live again this week and had to laugh pretty hard when Mikael introduced "Heir Apparent" saying "Back in the day I think I specifically wrote this song to be heavy, just to shut up some motherfuckers who were complaining" to which someone in the audience replied; "YOU SHOULD DO THAT AGAIN!"


Someone give that heckler a medal.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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02.04.2017 - 21:32
Rating: 7
Cynic Metalhead
Atrocious Virgin
Now, he's the motherfucker.
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07.08.2017 - 11:33
Rating: 8
M C Vice
Ex-polydactyl
Could Burden be a contender for best Opeth song? I'd give The Moor a good run for it's money.
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"Another day, another Doug."
"I'll fight you on one condition. That you lower your nipples."
"I'll put whatever I want in your mouth!"
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27.11.2017 - 03:23
VIG
Esoteric Zachism
I really like this album, actually, one of the better Opeth records, and I think it is superior to the 4 albums before it.
EDIT: Actually, this could be in my top 3 Opeth albums, the other two being Orchid and MAYH
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27.11.2017 - 11:46
Rating: 9
Dima
Written by VIG on 27.11.2017 at 03:23

I really like this album, actually, one of the better Opeth records, and I think it is superior to the 4 albums before it.
EDIT: Actually, this could be in my top 3 Opeth albums, the other two being Orchid and MAYH


atta boy ;3
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27.11.2017 - 15:56
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Hmmm, maybe better than Ghost Reveries and Deliverance (or at least more consistent than those two). But it won't touch their golden period for me (first 5 albums).
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
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Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
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27.11.2017 - 19:41
VIG
Esoteric Zachism
Written by Mr. Doctor on 27.11.2017 at 15:56

Hmmm, maybe better than Ghost Reveries and Deliverance (or at least more consistent than those two). But it won't touch their golden period for me (first 5 albums).

Here is how I would rank their albums as of right now:

1. Watershed
2. Orchid
3. My Arms, Your Hearse
4. Morningrise
5. Blackwater Park
6. Still Life
7. Damnation
8. Ghost Reveries
9. Deliverance
10. Pale Communion
11. Sorceress
12. Heritage
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27.11.2017 - 23:14
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by VIG on 27.11.2017 at 19:41
List

It's almost completely backwards for me. I stopped caring with Heritage so I wont take those albums under consideration:

1. Still Life
2. Morningrise
3. Blackwater Park
4. My Arms, Your Hearse
5. Damnation
6. Deliverance
7. Orchid
8. Ghost Reveries
9. Watershed

I am a massive pre-Heritage Opeth fan though... So all of the albums on this part of their discography are worth at least an 8.0 for me. So It doesn't say a lot in my case.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
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Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
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27.11.2017 - 23:23
VIG
Esoteric Zachism
Written by Mr. Doctor on 27.11.2017 at 23:14

1. Still Life
2. Morningrise
3. Blackwater Park
4. My Arms, Your Hearse
5. Damnation
6. Deliverance
7. Orchid
8. Ghost Reveries
9. Watershed

What? What?


Watershed last? Orchid lower than Deliverance?

Lol, that image is obviously a reference to our last convo about Ahab, so again, we are having completely different experiences with Opeth this time around.

EDIT: Again, I am in the minority here, most fans praise Still life and Blackwater Park as their best works, I am just not one of them.
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27.11.2017 - 23:42
Rating: 8
anathema_1977
Written by Mr. Doctor on 27.11.2017 at 15:56

.... But it won't touch their golden period for me (first 5 albums).

+1
Here is mine:
1. Morningrise (9.9)
2. Still life (9.8)
3. Blackwarwe park (9.6)
4. Orchid (9.5)
5. MAYH (9.5)
6. Ghost reveries (8.2)
7. Deliverance (8.0)
8. Damnation (7.9)
9. Watershed (7.6)
10. Heritage (7.2)
11. Pale communion (6.6)
12. Sorceress (5.3)
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27.11.2017 - 23:48
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by VIG on 27.11.2017 at 23:23
Watershed last? Orchid lower than Deliverance?
Lol, that image is obviously a reference to our last convo about Ahab, so again, we are having completely different experiences with Opeth this time around.
EDIT: Again, I am in the minority here, most fans praise Still life and Blackwater Park as their best works, I am just not one of them.


Watershed does linger into a lot of the prog rock that will ultimately create the awful Heritage. Not only that... But it keeps repeteaing an element I did not appreciate with Ghost Reveries either: That fucking keyboard. Opeth never needed it to begin with.

As for Orchid: It gains points solely for the grim sound and production but for songwriting? It's immature and the awesome rawness and savage growls still won't save it from that.

The reason why Deliverance is so high on the list, specially considering some of it's flaws (like songs being too long and some are quite repetitive)... It's simply because it was my very first contact with the band and for a band I fell in love for more than 10(!) years ago (shit... how time flies)... The Nostalgia points are huge and can not be fully explained. You'll understand that later.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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27.11.2017 - 23:51
VIG
Esoteric Zachism
Written by Mr. Doctor on 27.11.2017 at 23:48

The reason why Deliverance is so high on the list, specially considering some of it's flaws (like songs being too long and some are quite repetitive)... It's simply because it was my very first contact with the band and for a band I fell in love for more than 10(!) years ago (shit... how time flies)... The Nostalgia points are huge and can not be fully explained. You'll understand that later.

I sort of understand that now (no where near as long of a time period) but listening to any Type O Negative album or KISS's Alive! gives me some good old nostalgia feels fo' shizzle.
EDIT: Actually even some of Opeth's work, specifically Orchid and MAYH give me lots of nostalgia, they were one of my first metal bands along with Type O and Celtic Frost
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28.11.2017 - 00:09
Rating: 9
InnerSelf
proofread free
Are we doing this?
1. Still Life
2. Blackwater Park
3. Ghost Reveries
4. Watershed
5. Damnation
6. Deliverance
7. Heritage (I enjoyed it and I still do)
8. Morningrise
9. My Arms, Your Hearse
10. Pale Communion
11. Orchid
12.Sorceress

And to keep this on track even though I've already said everything I've got to say concerning Watershed, I think that it had the perfect balance between what the fans wanted the band to write and Mikael's Progressive tendencies.
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He who is not bold enough
to be stared at from across the abyss
is not bold enough
to stare into it himself.
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28.11.2017 - 00:15
VIG
Esoteric Zachism
Written by InnerSelf on 28.11.2017 at 00:09

Are we doing this?

Yes.

Also I kind of hate your list.. Sorry, mine is just too different. I like what you said about Watershed, though, I agree. It is a very nice balance between what fans wanted and what Mikael wanted, part of why I think it is the best Opeth album. I think I even watched an interview with Mikael a while ago during the recording of this album and he said it was his favorite of theirs, and I don't think he was just saying that so people would go buy the album, but because he truly felt it was their best work, and maybe he would still say that today.
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28.11.2017 - 20:31
Alex F
Slick Dick Rick
Written by Mr. Doctor on 27.11.2017 at 23:14

list

I'd swap Morningrise and Blackwater Park, but other than that I pretty much agree with you (though I may put Damnation above MAYH). Watershed isn't even close to their other pre prog stuff.
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29.11.2017 - 19:01
Rating: 9
cobrapel
Concept One
It's very difficult to write down a list of all their works... but for sure watershed is on the bottom for me just a step above damnation! It deserves a 9
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29.11.2017 - 19:31
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by Alex F on 28.11.2017 at 20:31
I'd swap Morningrise and Blackwater Park, but other than that I pretty much agree with you (though I may put Damnation above MAYH). Watershed isn't even close to their other pre prog stuff.


Yeah, under further consideration I'd put Damnation on fourth or at least tied with MAYH. It really is a beautiful album with plenty of good memories! I had a short-lived band with my dear high-school friends (still great friends!) and we covered Hope Leaves for a high-school presentation. It was cool to listen to a slightly different version since we had a girl on vocals It was well-received! Aaaah, nostalgia! <3
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
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Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
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29.11.2017 - 22:25
VIG
Esoteric Zachism
My list would actually be changing a lot. I would like to put Still Life up top. Should I make a list for this?
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30.11.2017 - 12:21
Rating: 9
BloodTears
ANA-thema
Written by Mr. Doctor on 29.11.2017 at 19:31

Written by Alex F on 28.11.2017 at 20:31
I'd swap Morningrise and Blackwater Park, but other than that I pretty much agree with you (though I may put Damnation above MAYH). Watershed isn't even close to their other pre prog stuff.


Yeah, under further consideration I'd put Damnation on fourth or at least tied with MAYH. It really is a beautiful album with plenty of good memories! I had a short-lived band with my dear high-school friends (still great friends!) and we covered Hope Leaves for a high-school presentation. It was cool to listen to a slightly different version since we had a girl on vocals It was well-received! Aaaah, nostalgia! <3


That's so cool. I also play Hope Leaves a lot on acoustic guitar and many songs off of Damnation

No way would I put Orchid in almost last place though... What? My Arms, Your Hearse is the top one for me.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29

Like you could kiss my ass.
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01.12.2017 - 01:03
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by BloodTears on 30.11.2017 at 12:21
No way would I put Orchid in almost last place though... What? My Arms, Your Hearse is the top one for me.

I could put Orchid on sixth above Deliverance if I ignored the nostalgia bonus... but not more than that, sweetie.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
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