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Release date: 12 March 2001
Style: Extreme progressive metal

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9.2 | 2600 votes

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01. The Leper Affinity
02. Bleak
03. Harvest
04. The Drapery Falls
05. Dirge For November
06. The Funeral Portrait
07. Patterns In The Ivy
08. Blackwater Park
09. The Leper Affinity [live] [Legacy Edition bonus]

[Limited Edition bonus CD]
01. Still Day Beneath The Sun
02. Patterns In The Ivy II

[Legacy Edition bonus DVD]
+ 5.0 Audio Mix Of The Original Album
+ The Making Of Blackwater Park

Top 20 albums of 2001: 1
Top 200 albums of all time: 2

Reviews (2)
Lyrics (10)


Line-up
Mikael Åkerfeldt - vocals, guitars
Peter Lindgren - guitars
Martin Lopez - drums
Martín Méndez - bass

Session musicians
Steven Wilson - vocals, guitars, keyboards, mellotron


Additional info
Additional musicians:
Steven Wilson - vocals (on "Bleak"), guitar, pianos (courtesy of Snapper Music)
Markus Lindberg - egg shakers (courtesy of Madrigal)

Recorded at Fredman Studios.
Produced by Opeth and Steven Wilson.
Engineered by Opeth, Steven Wilson and Fredrik Norström.
Mixed by Steven Wilson and Fredrik Norström while overlooked by Opeth.
Mastered by Göran Finnberg at the Mastering Room.
Photos by Harry Välimäki.
Cover and booklet designed by Travis Smith and Opeth.

"The Leper Affinity [live]" recorded by Brent Carpenter & Pontus Norgren and mixed by Pontus Norgren.
The 5.0 mix on the DVD was done by Jens Borgen for Northern Music Company.
The documentary, "The Making Of Blackwater Park", was recorded, directed and edited by Fredrik Odefjard.

Guest review by
Rupophobic

Rating:
10
Passion. That's what Blackwater Park is all about. Pure, unadulterated passion. Forget that Opeth display musical ability and know-how that is rivaled by few. Forget that the ending to The Leper Affinity goes from what can only be described as one of the greatest jam sessions ever, to a beautiful, yet melancholic pianistic epilogue. Forget that Harvest is one of the greatest acoustic songs ever written. Forget that Blackwater Park contains the perfect metal riff. Forget that Mikael Akerfeld quite possibly has the best voice in all of music. Forget that every moment of this album will make you stand in awe of what you're hearing. Why should you forget all that? Because none of it matters.

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published 18.09.2003 | Comments (153)

Guest review by
Storchillarn

Rating:
9.9
There are few bands that dare to continuously expand their musical sphere with each release, expecting their fans to accept the changes - even fewer succeed. Mikael Åkerfeldt, song writer and front man of Opeth, has pushed Opeth to do so since the band's inception and perhaps it's this constant change, not giving the audience a chance to adjust to one particular niche, which keeps them from ending up like so many metal bands before them: repetitive and uninspired. 2001 was the year Opeth opened the floodgates of creativity and released what many believe to be their magnum opus, an album so hyped you might doubt its brilliance. I'm here to tell you not to doubt. This is Blackwater Park.

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published 19.06.2010 | Comments (15)

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Coolingsrock - 14.04.2014 at 23:31  
  I guess God Buster finally got BUSTED!
ElMarcado - 09.06.2014 at 17:47  
  Oh, what an overrated album.
Lacks heaviness, songwriting, and a stable point.

IMO, musically, Damnation is the best work Opeth has ever made.
BWP, in the other way, is a 7/10, to much.

We will see what they do with the new album that will launch this year
Karlabos - 09.06.2014 at 18:10  
 
Written by Guest on 09.06.2014 at 17:47

BWP, in the other way, is a 7/10

Yet rates it as a 1.
ElMarcado - 09.06.2014 at 19:11  
 
Written by Karlabos on 09.06.2014 at 18:10

Written by Guest on 09.06.2014 at 17:47

BWP, in the other way, is a 7/10

Yet rates it as a 1.

LOL, i hate it so much ^^. I give it a 7, anyway.
RavenEffect - 09.06.2014 at 19:25  
Rating: 9 Hating beautiful and complex music just for the sake of hating is really something I dont understand. If they were all living in 5 story mansions, driving in limo's, drinking champaigne and being blown constantly by 1000 dollar hookers...but thats not the case
JayMo4 - 10.06.2014 at 06:09  
Rating: 10 I think that when there is an excessive amount of praise for something, people that don't share in the appreciation are automatically going to feel pushed in the opposite direction. At least, that's my experience in internet forums. This is a favorite album for many of us, and so those that don't like it are in many cases going to respond more aggressively than they would to some random obscure album that you love but isn't making any "best ever" lists.

I love Blackwater Park, but I've been a fan long enough to see a lot of people trash it, and trash Opeth in general. As early as Deliverance, there was a pretty vocal faction of people that couldn't stand them. That's fine, too. If it ever bothers you, ask them what they like. Odds are, you'll poorly enough of some of their choices that you realize how little their opinion matters.
Troy Killjoy - 22.08.2014 at 05:20  
  I think this is by far their most complete album, in that it feels more focused, driven, intense, and purposeful than the rest of their discography. There are the standard meandering moments seemingly typical of a prog band, but on the whole they reign in the technical overload and instead create a much more encompassing atmospheric album that highlights their songwriting prowess. My typical complaints about the acoustic breaks and clean vocals still stand, but this is a refined and mature piece of work. I understand why people have come to appreciate it so much, but for me - as with all Opeth albums - it doesn't lend enough weight to the extreme aspects and I find their acoustic work rather mundane.
Mr. Doctor - 22.08.2014 at 15:00  
Rating: 9 Love the album, but to me Still Life is superior. Both in the more calm moments as well and the more brutal ones.
Frank Comstock - 30.08.2014 at 00:40  
Rating: 10 My all time favorite album.
stunner_300 - 01.09.2014 at 15:43  
Rating: 10 This album is the closest to perfection for sure
buff - 10.10.2014 at 10:05  
Rating: 8 Still Life is easily better than this album. Even as an Opeth fan who owned this the day it was released, I must say it is a very good yet overrated disc.
SongsOfDarkness - 26.10.2014 at 22:43  
  Poopcrap Park.
Maco - 28.10.2014 at 05:24  
Rating: 9 Black Waterpark.
mz - 16.11.2014 at 01:32  
Rating: 9 "1" seriously?
Karlabos - 16.11.2014 at 01:39  
  ^ It must be a really bad album. I have over 1000 votes and never managed to find an album deserving such a low score o.O
Dima - 16.11.2014 at 02:25  
Rating: 9 By the powers of logical comparison, to him the album is as awful as Lulu lele.
Jaeryd - 20.11.2014 at 00:18  
Rating: 10
Written by Guest on 09.06.2014 at 17:47

Oh, what an overrated album.
Lacks heaviness, songwriting, and a stable point.
BWP, in the other way, is a 7/10, to much.


"What an overrated album", "I rate it 7/10"
*rates it 10/10*

Because fuck logic. Must be a troll account.
SongsOfDarkness - 21.11.2014 at 14:23  
 
Written by Jaeryd on 20.11.2014 at 00:18

Written by Guest on 09.06.2014 at 17:47

Oh, what an overrated album.
Lacks heaviness, songwriting, and a stable point.
BWP, in the other way, is a 7/10, to much.


"What an overrated album", "I rate it 7/10"
*rates it 10/10*

Because fuck logic. Must be a troll account.

Hahaha, the whole thing bugged! Calm down! It's good, but not the best Opeth album IMO.
SongsOfDarkness - 21.11.2014 at 19:57  
 
Written by RavenEffect on 09.06.2014 at 19:25

Hating beautiful and complex music just for the sake of hating is really something I dont understand. If they were all living in 5 story mansions, driving in limo's, drinking champaigne and being blown constantly by 1000 dollar hookers...but thats not the case

Ironically, i love Opeth. I just prefer Damnation and My Arms Your Hearse over BWP, just because IN MY OPINION they are better in composition and the use of both: melodic and heavy stuff.
Jaeryd - 22.11.2014 at 09:20  
Rating: 10
Written by Guest on 21.11.2014 at 14:23

Hahaha, the whole thing bugged! Calm down! It's good, but not the best Opeth album IMO.

I don't care about your opinion, you can think whatever you want. It's okay for you to think this album isn't that great. I was just wanting you to be consistent. Now that your rating is fixed to match your spoken opinion, there's no problem.
SongsOfDarkness - 22.11.2014 at 14:03  
 
Written by Jaeryd on 22.11.2014 at 09:20

Written by Guest on 21.11.2014 at 14:23

Hahaha, the whole thing bugged! Calm down! It's good, but not the best Opeth album IMO.

I don't care about your opinion, you can think whatever you want. It's okay for you to think this album isn't that great. I was just wanting you to be consistent. Now that your rating is fixed to match your spoken opinion, there's no problem.

Who cares about who say on a shithole? It's obvious. Peace
Jaeryd - 22.11.2014 at 21:41  
Rating: 10
Written by Guest on 22.11.2014 at 14:03

Who cares about who say on a shithole? It's obvious. Peace


Is... Is this a second account for Bad English?
Zaphod - 16.12.2014 at 22:17  
Rating: 9 This would have probably been my favorite Opeth album if it wasn't for some (what I thought were) filler moments and The Funeral Portrait (which is a pretty mediocre song on an otherwise excellent album, apart from that awesome clean-sung part, which is fucking short anyhow)
So close... Cut about 10-12 minutes and it would have been as good as perfect.
Last Cigarette - 12.01.2015 at 16:41  
Rating: 10 Magnum opus
Kreator22 - 16.01.2015 at 01:02  
Rating: 8 Nothing too special honestly. A fair and good album.
Maco - 29.01.2015 at 08:43  
Rating: 9 Well, I finally developed some love for this.
-DC-002- - 04.03.2015 at 11:23  
 
Written by Maco on 29.01.2015 at 08:43

Well, I finally developed some love for this.


I'm with ya on that, Maco. I'm picking up Opeth after giving them a break for a few years and this album is pretty monumental.
Bad English - 12.03.2015 at 12:35  
Rating: 8 Good album, some way band start to change you can feel if you are listening it in order, I like this calm vocal parts
Dima - 28.10.2015 at 11:28  
Rating: 9 Very strong release. Some of their best material lies within the first 5 tracks. Then the inspired songwriting sorta dissipates in The Funeral Portrait. The intermission track isn't particularly special either but the piano was a nice touch. Title track is a real neck breaker..minus the last minute which I find devoid of need entirely. Still Life is still peak.
MeloMania - 29.04.2016 at 19:49  
Rating: 10 Https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lox6ba8w9w0

Excellent 15th anniversary guitar cover.

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