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Release date: 3 June 2008
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Disc I
01. Coil
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
02. Heir Apparent
03. The Lotus Eater
04. Burden
05. Porcelain Heart
06. Hessian Peel
07. Hex Omega
08. Derelict Herds
09. Bridge Of Sighs [Robin Trower cover]
10. Den Ständiga Resan [Marie Fredriksson cover]
+ Rehearsal Tapes [documentary]

The best Progressive Metal album of 2008
Top 20 albums of 2008: 9

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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 (102)

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JÄY - 05.03.2010 at 19:38  
Rating: 9 I love the melancholia on this one...prolly makes it my fave opeth
Reza - 05.03.2010 at 22:11  
  It's my second favorite Opeth album after Still Life.
slayercult - 23.06.2010 at 22:21  
Rating: 6 Ghost Reveries is way better than this, Opeth needs to make up for this crap! Well maybe I am being a little hard on em' This is they're worst album. BlackwaterPark and Ghost Reveries are amazing every Fuckin track 1-8, Watershed is Boring.
Fëanor - 23.06.2010 at 23:55  
  Previous poster obv. has no idea what he is talking about.

Good album. Maybe it's just me but some parts remind me of My Arms Your Hearse.
Trismegistus - 15.10.2010 at 08:21  
Rating: 10 Watershed to me, was an absolute amazing album. A big part of that may just be because I was completely shocked, having expected "crap" with a new lineup. But, all in all, it rates right alongside Blackwater Park for my top album by this band. Well done.
BloodTears - 16.10.2010 at 00:31  
Rating: 9
Written by Fëanor on 23.06.2010 at 23:55

Previous poster obv. has no idea what he is talking about.

Good album. Maybe it's just me but some parts remind me of My Arms Your Hearse.


I didn't get the MAYH vibe. But it's an interesting view, why does it remind you of that album?
Elio - 17.10.2010 at 00:59  
Rating: 9 Awesome album, but well, which Opeth album isn't great after all?
Doc Godin - 19.10.2010 at 01:58  
Rating: 5
Written by Elio on 17.10.2010 at 00:59

Awesome album, but well, which Opeth album isn't great after all?

This one.

Seriously. It feels like they ditched the cool atmosphere they had in older albums for the sake of technicality. I think it's got a lot to do with the new guitarist, but it just doesn't sound like the Opeth I enjoy.
Elio - 19.10.2010 at 09:52  
Rating: 9
Written by Doc Godin on 19.10.2010 at 01:58

Written by Elio on 17.10.2010 at 00:59

Awesome album, but well, which Opeth album isn't great after all?

This one.

Seriously. It feels like they ditched the cool atmosphere they had in older albums for the sake of technicality. I think it's got a lot to do with the new guitarist, but it just doesn't sound like the Opeth I enjoy.


That's true too, surely this album lacks the grim atmosphere that an album like MAYH had, but as 70s-prog rock fan, I enjoyed the high number of references to bands like Pink Floyd.
vangosh - 07.11.2010 at 23:23  
Rating: 10 I love this record!!!!!!!

"The Lotus Eater" and "Hex Omega", just incredible live songs, one of their best stuff!
mz - 20.12.2010 at 10:22  
Rating: 9 'I think blood bath is destroying opeth .growl parts aren't enough perhaps because they are lent to BB
Death To Posers - 11.01.2011 at 01:57  
Rating: 9 Album's Solid, probably the best album of theirs I've heard so far.
Bitch Boy - 01.02.2011 at 09:30  
Rating: 9 The melodic stuff in this one is amazing
AndreOliveira - 31.03.2011 at 20:10  
Rating: 8 Beautiful album...
SymphonyImpaled - 01.06.2011 at 06:53  
Rating: 10 It's true that this album isn't as depressive and atmopheric as past albums but it fixes a problem i always had with Opeth; While the acoustic and clean vocal sections have always been top notch, their ability to make a decent metal riff has always been well below par. On this album Opeth Doesn't have nearly enough jazzy, progresssive moments but instead is now pumping out metal riffs like they never could... I think it's a wonderful step up for them. Maybe on an upcoming album they'll weave the dark and eery with some decent metal intensity for something as groundbreaking, yet better, than blackwater park.
Metal_4Ever - 29.06.2011 at 02:41  
Rating: 10 Awesome!! I loved Burden(best solo ever)
BloodTears - 29.06.2011 at 15:02  
Rating: 9 I wouldn't say best solo ever...
Death_95 - 01.07.2011 at 15:05  
  One of the best albums ever made...Their best after Blackwater Park.
tuerda - 21.08.2011 at 18:56  
  One of the things I liked about Opeth was the way the production made the awesome riffs stand out with such clarity. This time around it sounds dirtier and messier, with less focus on the riffs. It's not necessarily a bad thing, since the atmospheric element is stronger, but I never managed to get into it as much as previous albums. Maybe I need to give it another shot
Fredd - 25.08.2011 at 09:52  
Rating: 7 Am I the only one who thinks that this album is average?
Doc Godin - 25.08.2011 at 13:07  
Rating: 5
Written by Fredd on 25.08.2011 at 09:52

Am I the only one who thinks that this album is average?

I would say I'm with you on that one, but I'd be lying; I think it's below-average.
Fredd - 25.08.2011 at 13:24  
Rating: 7
Written by Doc Godin on 25.08.2011 at 13:07

Written by Fredd on 25.08.2011 at 09:52

Am I the only one who thinks that this album is average?

I would say I'm with you on that one, but I'd be lying; I think it's below-average.

When it came out, I gave (would've) it a 5 or 6, but then I've given it a couple more spins and 7 seems more fair.
Mr. Doctor - 25.08.2011 at 13:25  
Rating: 7
Written by Fredd on 25.08.2011 at 09:52

Am I the only one who thinks that this album is average?

Written by Doc Godin on 25.08.2011 at 13:07

I would say I'm with you on that one, but I'd be lying; I think it's below-average.

We are three now. On it's own is an ok album but compared to everything else they have done before... it's meh to say the least for not using the word "lackluster"... I still can't get how a staff member gave this album a 9,1 tbh. Even if you think it's good. It doesn't deserve more than a 8 or something like that.
!J.O.O.E.! - 25.08.2011 at 14:42  
Rating: 10
Written by Mr. Doctor on 25.08.2011 at 13:25

We are three now. On it's own is an ok album but compared to everything else they have done before... it's meh to say the least for not using the word "lackluster"... I still can't get how a staff member gave this album a 9,1 tbh. Even if you think it's good. It doesn't deserve more than a 8 or something like that.

Well I'd give this album at least a 9 if I was reviewing it ;]
Mr. Doctor - 25.08.2011 at 14:48  
Rating: 7
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 25.08.2011 at 14:42

Well I'd give this album at least a 9 if I was reviewing it ;]


You can enlight me then... (I'm not being sarcastic btw) because this review doesn't really justify the rating to me. It doesn't give me any big reason to why this album is excellent.
!J.O.O.E.! - 25.08.2011 at 15:22  
Rating: 10
Written by Mr. Doctor on 25.08.2011 at 14:48

Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 25.08.2011 at 14:42

Well I'd give this album at least a 9 if I was reviewing it ;]


You can enlight me then... (I'm not being sarcastic btw) because this review doesn't really justify the rating to me. It doesn't give me any big reason to why this album is excellent.

Well not to get too personal or anything but you've stated on a number of occasions that modern Opeth means very little to you so I would surmise no review of this album will sway you. If your feelings about a particular band are strong enough then that's just how you're going to feel. Frankly I'm on the other side of the fence and don't understand how people can't regard this highly. It's just one of those things and as far as I can see it this is the most successful Opeth album along with Blackwater park.
Mr. Doctor - 25.08.2011 at 17:13  
Rating: 7
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 25.08.2011 at 15:22

Well not to get too personal or anything but you've stated on a number of occasions that modern Opeth means very little to you so I would surmise no review of this album will sway you. If your feelings about a particular band are strong enough then that's just how you're going to feel. Frankly I'm on the other side of the fence and don't understand how people can't regard this highly. It's just one of those things and as far as I can see it this is the most successful Opeth album along with Blackwater park.


I said what I said because I've been trying to get into this album hundrends of times and I still do, I fail almost everytime though. I keep on trying because their music meant a lot to me and it's kind of sad that all of a sudden everything went meh and I honestly don't know why.
So yeah, that's why I asked you why YOU like the album, what's there to like that I might have completely ignored.
ErnilEnNaur - 25.08.2011 at 17:23  
 
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 25.08.2011 at 15:22

Well not to get too personal or anything but you've stated on a number of occasions that modern Opeth means very little to you so I would surmise no review of this album will sway you. If your feelings about a particular band are strong enough then that's just how you're going to feel. Frankly I'm on the other side of them fence and don't understand how people can't regard this highly. It's just one of those things and as far as I can see it this is the most successful Opeth album along with Blackwater park.


To me this album is in many ways the opposite of Blackwater Park (of course two opposites can both be good) in that the songs-structures are arbitrary, both the acoustic parts and the heavy parts come and go randomly and don't really fit together or aren't really connected. You could slice the songs up and then fit the parts together however you wanted and you'd get an album that was just as good or just as bad. On BWP the songs felt whole, felt complete.
I also find myself easily bored with some of the songs on Watershed, which is something that almost never happened before (a couple of tracks on Damnation and Ghost Reveires maybe). Watershed almost sounded to me like another band trying to do something Opethian minus the atmosphere, but not doing it very successfully.
!J.O.O.E.! - 25.08.2011 at 17:26  
Rating: 10
Written by Guest on 25.08.2011 at 17:23


To me this album is in many ways the opposite of Blackwater Park (of course two opposites can both be good) in that the songs-structures are arbitrary, both the acoustic parts and the heavy parts come and go randomly and don't really fit together or aren't really connected. You could slice the songs up and then fit the parts together however you wanted and you'd get an album that was just as good or just as bad. On BWP the songs felt whole, felt complete.
I also find myself easily bored with some of the songs on Watershed, which is something that almost never happened before (a couple of tracks on Damnation and Ghost Reveires maybe). Watershed almost sounded to me like another band trying to do something Opethian minus the atmosphere, but not doing it very successfully.

Well I'm too familiar with this record to be able to give any real insight into that, as to me I know this record quite literally like the back of my hand so naturally I feel the songs flow perfectly naturally. None of the songs on this album bore me (unlike the title track from BwP), in fact unlike a lot of albums I never skip to a particular song to just to listen to that, rather I feel like the whole thing is one long song (I'd be no good in telling what part if from what song).
!J.O.O.E.! - 25.08.2011 at 17:29  
Rating: 10
Written by Mr. Doctor on 25.08.2011 at 17:13


I said what I said because I've been trying to get into this album hundrends of times and I still do, I fail almost everytime though. I keep on trying because their music meant a lot to me and it's kind of sad that all of a sudden everything went meh and I honestly don't know why.
So yeah, that's why I asked you why YOU like the album, what's there to like that I might have completely ignored.

I wouldn't know where to being in convincing you, from the epic intro to the glorious end. Just because is record is good doesn't mean it's good to everyone. I think everyone has bands they only like a particular era from, and it's that love that can prevent liking other eras of the same band.
Mr. Doctor - 25.08.2011 at 17:36  
Rating: 7
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 25.08.2011 at 17:29

I wouldn't know where to being in convincing you, from the epic intro the glorious end. Just because is record is good doesn't mean it's good to everyone. I think everyone has bands they only like a particular era from, and it's that love that can prevent liking other eras of the same band.


You don't seem to get my question. It wasn't a request to convince me or anything. I was merely asking for some thoughts about the album that might be a little more insightful than the review.

About the album... I highly enjoy Heir Apparent (Probably one of their most brutal songs when it comes to how Mikael and the riffs sounds in the beginning) and The Lotus Eater (except the extremely bizarre and just plain random part 5:45-6:20). That's what I remember from the album, can't say I remember the rest since as you could guess, it's not an album I listen to regularly.
!J.O.O.E.! - 25.08.2011 at 17:38  
Rating: 10
Written by Mr. Doctor on 25.08.2011 at 17:36


You don't seem to get my question. It wasn't a request to convince me or anything. I was merely asking for some thoughts about the album that might be a little more insightful than the review.

About the album... I highly enjoy Heir Apparent and The Lotus Eater (except the extremely bizarre and just plain random part 5:45-6:20). That's what I remember from the album, can't say I remember the rest since as you could guess, it's not an album I listen to regularly.

Any thoughts would merely be me stating how much I like it. I did however not particularly like this album when I first heard it. Now it's a record that requires no thought on my part. I put it on and before I know it it's finished (in a good way). Thinking about it now I'd take this over BwP any day.
ErnilEnNaur - 25.08.2011 at 17:39  
 
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 25.08.2011 at 17:26

Well I'm too familiar with this record to be able to give any real insight into that, as to me I know this record quite literally like the back of my hand so naturally I feel the songs flow perfectly naturally. None of the songs on this album bore me (unlike the title track from BwP), in fact unlike a lot of albums I never skip to a particular song to just to listen to that, rather I feel like the whole thing is one long song (I'd be no good in telling what part if from what song).


Speaking of skipping songs, I almost always feel like skipping the first three songs to get to Burden, which is probably the only song for me that is perfectly thought-out, filled with emotion and does not feel incomplete. That track alone makes it an album worth having, but it puts the rest of it to shame, which is a shame.

Also, it is always interesting to see how much tastes can differ.
Kenos - 20.11.2011 at 13:35  
  God, I almost hate it. The more I listen to it, the worse. And it's a pity, 'cause a couple of songs are really great ("Heir Apparent", "Burden"), but the rest is so vapid and average at best... I could say "The Lotus Eater" is a decent track too, with interesting ideas during the first minutes, but then we have that central part with horrendous (and most of all, pointless) jazzy-funky meandering which ruins it all. "Porcelain Heart" is so insipid and soulless, but at least it isn't as bad as "Hessian Peel", "Hex Omega" and the useless "Coil".
When this album doesn't suffer from lack of personality, tries too hard to sound interesting and very "progressive", but ends up being just tedious and annoying.
Vod52 - 01.03.2012 at 21:00  
Rating: 10 The strat of something new
InnerSelf - 01.03.2012 at 22:37  
Rating: 9 Sorry for the late quote, but I couldn't help but notice that my thoughts about this are the exact opposite of yours

Written by Guest on 20.11.2011 at 13:35

I could say "The Lotus Eater" is a decent track too, with interesting ideas during the first minutes, but then we have that central part with horrendous (and most of all, pointless) jazzy-funky meandering which ruins it all.


This jazzy part rocks my world every single time !

Quote:
"Porcelain Heart" is so insipid and soulless, but at least it isn't as bad as "Hessian Peel", "Hex Omega" and the useless "Coil".


Coil is my favorite acoustic Opeth track and Hex Omega is one of the most wonderful closing tracks I've ever heard !

Quote:
When this album doesn't suffer from lack of personality, tries too hard to sound interesting and very "progressive", but ends up being just tedious and annoying.


I don't know about the personality thing, imo this holds much personality within it's variation, it's complicated yet very easy on the ears.
Kenos - 01.03.2012 at 22:51  
 
Written by InnerSelf on 01.03.2012 at 22:37

my thoughts about this are the exact opposite of yours.


Further proof that even (and especially) the great bands can be so divisive.
!J.O.O.E.! - 02.03.2012 at 02:17  
Rating: 10
Written by Guest on 01.03.2012 at 22:51


Further proof that even (and especially) the great bands can be so divisive.

It is an odd album. I'm someone who prides myself on liking the most obscure of music and shunning the popular and that which inhabits the (comparative) mainstream but this album is one I would take to the grave, I remember well how much I disliked it at first yet here it is, one of the defining albums of my timeline. I've given up trying to understand people who don't see it the same way as me because clearly the same kind of logic cannot be applied.
Korah - 04.03.2012 at 21:29  
Rating: 10 Wonderful album, my favourite after Blackwater Park.
Dentura - 10.06.2012 at 01:50  
Rating: 8 Probably the album that first captured my interest in this godly group (if Ghost Reveries didn't do that already, I don't remember). I love how more progressive Opeth is becoming here, there is an even larger presence of the mellotron, flute, organs, and so forth. Being the prog nerd that I am, this was truly an incredible listen. My all-time favorite by the group.
Mr. Doctor - 25.06.2012 at 19:18  
Rating: 7
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 02.03.2012 at 02:17
I've given up trying to understand people who don't see it the same way as me because clearly the same kind of logic cannot be applied.


This line... This is word-by-word of what I would use to describe my feelings for Acid Bath's debut.

I just bought the album today, completing discographies and shit. I'll probably give it a spin today and re-think what I feel about this album for the n-th time.
Erik M. - 18.10.2012 at 22:48  
Rating: 8
Written by Elio on 17.10.2010 at 00:59

Awesome album, but well, which Opeth album isn't great after all?


Heritage.

This one is pretty good, but it's the worst except for Damnation and Heritage in my opinion.
mz - 03.07.2013 at 09:31  
Rating: 9 I have learnt to love this much more than what I initially did. It can be great achievement for opeth especially I did not hear these great psychedelic moment in other pre-watershed opeth albums. I still think that the whole album sound a little incomplete and that would be my main complain about this one. Opeth definitely need to give up this prog rock sound they had on heritage and go back on albums like this or SL
Demerzel - 04.07.2013 at 13:57  
Rating: 9 One of Opeth's best. It sounds somewhat gothicy to me (the Wuthering Heights kind of gothic, not the mellow, boring one). I can't really put my finger on how I'd exactly describe it.
British, perhaps?
Eccer - 19.01.2014 at 10:35  
Rating: 10 I think the general vibe I get from this album, is a wide open apocalyptic landscape. Barren desolates and radioactive fields.......around the same time fallout 3 was released lol. So it was a fitting combination, gaming and listening to Opeth for the first time.

Good times indeed

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