Opeth - Blackwater Park


9.2 | 2664 votes |
Release date: 12 March 2001
Style: Extreme progressive metal

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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: 4

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 (159)

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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22.05.2012 - 22:18
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 22.05.2012 at 22:14

Written by Troy Killjoy on 22.05.2012 at 22:12

Mine would be a 6 if I ever decide to keep my votes. :/

Yeah there needs to be a rule programmed into MS that disallows you vote deleting =P


When you say "you" you mean specifically Troy right? Because I would approve.
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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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22.05.2012 - 22:19
!J.O.O.E.!
Defunct
Written by Mr. Doctor on 22.05.2012 at 22:18


When you say "you" you mean specifically Troy right? Because I would approve.

It is indeed a Troy-seeking virus.
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22.05.2012 - 22:22
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 22.05.2012 at 22:19
It is indeed a Troy-seeking virus.


Is it a Wooden Horse then? Awesome.











(I know it's lame but I couldn't resist).
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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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22.05.2012 - 22:25
!J.O.O.E.!
Defunct
Written by Mr. Doctor on 22.05.2012 at 22:22


Is it a Wooden Horse then? Awesome.











(I know it's lame but I couldn't resist).

*goes over my head*
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22.05.2012 - 22:26
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 22.05.2012 at 22:25
*goes over my head*


*sigh*


Here, have some history lesson.
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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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22.05.2012 - 22:29
!J.O.O.E.!
Defunct
Written by Mr. Doctor on 22.05.2012 at 22:26

Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 22.05.2012 at 22:25
*goes over my head*


*sigh*


Here, have some history lesson.

If you said Trojan Horse I might have understood you. I'm not really sure how you got Trojan Horse from virus though... sounds like Estonian humour to me.
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22.05.2012 - 22:30
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Trojan Horse is an actual computer virus
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Member of the true crusade against European Flower Metal

Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
Dawn Crosby (r.i.p.)
05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

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22.05.2012 - 22:31
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Okay and now let's get back on topic
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Member of the true crusade against European Flower Metal

Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
Dawn Crosby (r.i.p.)
05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

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22.05.2012 - 22:32
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 22.05.2012 at 22:29

If you said Trojan Horse I might have understood you. I'm not really sure how you got Trojan Horse from virus though... sounds like Estonian humour to me.


It was a pun on both the historical and computing meaning of it
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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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22.05.2012 - 22:33
!J.O.O.E.!
Defunct
Written by Mr. Doctor on 22.05.2012 at 22:32


It was a pun on both the historical and computing meaning of it

Yes I went total mindblank it seems and forgot that a Trojan is a kind of virus
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22.05.2012 - 22:33
snake? snaaaake!
Account deleted
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Surely it'd be a troyjan horse. Yeah... i'll just go hang myself now.
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01.06.2012 - 01:10
Rating: 10
Neiluria
Probably the best album of the century!
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21.06.2012 - 04:26
Rating: 10
Grody2themax
A truly unique album. The first time I heard I was blown away by the amount of cold, dark atmosphere. I think I like this album more than MAYH or Still Life maybe. Still I think those albums might be better from a purely musical standpoint. But, this album has amazing production to add to it.
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03.07.2012 - 18:28
Rating: 9
SyntheticBreed
Unreal.
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27.07.2012 - 04:50
Rating: 10
infernaldeath87
Written by Mr. Doctor on 31.12.2011 at 01:25

Written by ThunderAxe1989 on 31.12.2011 at 00:53
Maybe I was wrong for saying it's not extreme-prog, but same approach, I'm not so sure.


I don't remember saying that they have the same approach to their music, just correcting the comment that Deliverance could be considered "extreme-prog" or not... which they are, even you said it: it has death metal elements... Although there has always been death metal elements on Opeth's album so it goes without saying really.
The only major difference in Deliverance is that it's songwritting is more simple and monotonous... Still has the basic Opeth sound on it.
I never feel confortable of saying that Opeth is extreme though, it just sounds wrong to me no matter which album.

Edit: woa, I totally forgot I gave it a 9... Was sure I gave it an 8.

Deliverance is a beast of an album!
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19.08.2012 - 23:15
Cuca Beludo
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The best snooze I had in days.
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20.08.2012 - 03:25
Lit.
Account deleted
I like this album. Every other Opeth album, however, has not been worth my time.
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01.09.2012 - 18:12
Moonchild88
Sick liasons, raise this monumental mark
The sun sets forever, over Blackwater Park...
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06.09.2012 - 20:52
Rating: 10
Angry Chair
One of the best albums I have ever heard, Its incredible.

you all must bow down to this masterpice
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"Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest."
- Denis Diderot
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06.09.2012 - 23:34
Rating: 7
Ellrohir
Heaven Knight
Morningrise is better
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So behold the flight of the sapphire dragon
soaring through the skies once again


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06.09.2012 - 23:45
!J.O.O.E.!
Defunct
Seems to have ousted Megadeth for top spot.
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09.09.2012 - 02:47
Rating: 10
Angry Chair
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 06.09.2012 at 23:45

Seems to have ousted Megadeth for top spot.


For a while it sat pretty at the top

Now Megadeth is on top.

As for the album: Best metal album I have ever heard.

I would have said best album ever but I love Nirvana's Nevermind (Its a personal thing)

The title track is the best for me.
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"Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest."
- Denis Diderot
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16.10.2012 - 17:41
Rating: 9
Alex F
Bores me to tears, Morningrise is infinitely better
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23.10.2012 - 22:07
Rating: 8
Dentura
Shadow King
Written by Angry Chair on 09.09.2012 at 02:47

Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 06.09.2012 at 23:45

Seems to have ousted Megadeth for top spot.


For a while it sat pretty at the top

Now Megadeth is on top.

As for the album: Best metal album I have ever heard.

I would have said best album ever but I love Nirvana's Nevermind (Its a personal thing)

The title track is the best for me.


Now it's back on top again. This album, Rust In Peace, Master of Puppets (it was number one for a little bit) are really duking it out for the top spot.
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...And so death to the falsity of thy former rulers. Thy kingdom of "heaven" burns in a field of fire, and Dentura is the one true God thou must yield thy hearts and souls to in absolute submission. It is his ultimate decree and will unto thee..
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25.10.2012 - 15:00
Rating: 10
Angry Chair
Written by Dentura on 23.10.2012 at 22:07

Written by Angry Chair on 09.09.2012 at 02:47

Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 06.09.2012 at 23:45

Seems to have ousted Megadeth for top spot.


For a while it sat pretty at the top

Now Megadeth is on top.

As for the album: Best metal album I have ever heard.

I would have said best album ever but I love Nirvana's Nevermind (Its a personal thing)

The title track is the best for me.


Now it's back on top again. This album, Rust In Peace, Master of Puppets (it was number one for a little bit) are really duking it out for the top spot.



Yeah its a real fight they keep swapping back and forth for top spot.
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"Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest."
- Denis Diderot
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04.11.2012 - 06:18
Rating: 8
Paw!!
Really Extreme and full nice instrument , BUT MEGADETH better...
But This album I vote 9 , very GREAT album from OPETH.. ;D
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12.11.2012 - 21:08
Rating: 8
Dentura
Shadow King
A strong album, though I do feel it's a bit overrated. I personally prefer Still Life, Watershed, and Ghost Reveries to this. The Drapery Falls is one of my favorites on here.
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...And so death to the falsity of thy former rulers. Thy kingdom of "heaven" burns in a field of fire, and Dentura is the one true God thou must yield thy hearts and souls to in absolute submission. It is his ultimate decree and will unto thee..
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14.11.2012 - 22:11
Rating: 10
Erik M.
Written by Ellrohir on 06.09.2012 at 23:34

Morningrise is better


I'd say Morningrise is #2 when it comes to greatest Opeth records: 5 tracks of utter brilliance. Blackwater Park is #1 for me, though I guess I like them pretty much equally.

Check it out:
http://www.metalstorm.net/users/list.php?list_id=2599
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08.12.2012 - 21:39
megadeath13
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Simply beautiful! Its one of the best albums ive ever heard!!!
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25.12.2012 - 20:54
Rating: 8
Paw!!
Seriously only Opeth the best of the best from Extreme Progressive metal ! but from some reason Opeth always use growl and clear vocal . It's make Opeth best Extreme progressive . Why ? because Mikael Åkerfeldt have great songwriting and Tech vokal. WSG !!!!!!!!!!!!!
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