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Release date: 12 November 2002
Style: Extreme progressive metal

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01. Wreath
02. Deliverance
03. A Fair Judgement
04. For Absent Friends
05. Master's Apprentices
06. By The Pain I See In Others

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Line-up on the album:

Mikael Åkerfeldt - Vocals, guitars
Peter Lindgren - Guitars
Martin Méndez - Bass guitars
Martin Lopez - Drums & percussion

Guest musicians:
Steven Wilson - Backing vocals, guitars, mellotrons

"Deliverance", the 6th observation by Opeth was recorded between the 22nd of July and the 4th of September 2002, at Nacksving Studios and at Studio Fredman, Gothenburg, Sweden.

Engineered by Opeth, Fredrik Nordström, Fredrik Reymerdahl & Steven Wilson.
Produced by Opeth and Steven Wilson.
Mixed by Andy Sneap at Backstage Studios, Ripley, UK.
Music and lyrics by Mikael Åkerfeldt

Visual direction by Opeth.
Designed and executed by Travis Smith and Opeth.

Guest review by
Justin

Rating:
10
Sweden's premiere progressive black metal act Opeth have unleashed their most anticipated release to date, their sixth album, Deliverance. This release marks the first part of a projected two album instalment, with the second part Damnation due to be released in March.
Opeth first came into prominence with their fourth release Still Life back in 1999. But it was the follow up Blackwater Park in 2001 that really broke the band into the mainstream. So with expectations on high, Deliverance has to deliver the goods. And thankfully, the album is right up there as one of their best to date. Opeth have been reluctant to vary their unique style over their six albums , but there are some very noticeable changes within Deliverance.

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published 18.09.2003 | Comments (17)

Guest review by
danielllewis

Rating:
8.4
Opeth seems to be one of the most popular metal acts out there. I guess the reason for this is that their music is so accessible to fans of any sub genre seeing as they're progressive death metal. But with their 5th release, "Deliverance", the band have taken a much more death metal approach than usual, resulting in their heaviest album.

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published 15.07.2009 | Comments (26)

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Regolith - 19.11.2011 at 23:57  
Rating: 7 My least favorite Opeth album - very uninspired sounding.
There are some gems hidden within some of the songs but as a whole (after many listens over the years) it lacks what most Opeth albums have: a soul. The only elements that stick in my mind are negative ones, like boring, repedetive riffs, less-than-par production and songs that do not need to be as long as they are (*cough* 'Wreath...*cough* 'Deliverence'). Although, one said 'gem' lies in 'Delieverence'; the breakdown at the end is very, very cool.
'A Fair Judgement' is probably my favorite, which is ironic considering it is the softest song on a suposed-to-be hard album. There are many drawn-out riffs that seem to only be there to put a larger number in the time slot next to the song (thus being more progressive).

Apologies for the harsher tone but keep in mind I love Opeth and this honest review is for those who would seek to buy an Opeth album and want an honest critique. Advice: start somwhere else, like 'Still Life' or 'Ghost Riveries'.
mz - 16.02.2012 at 14:16  
Rating: 7
Written by Regolith on 19.11.2011 at 23:57

My least favorite Opeth album - very uninspired sounding.
There are some gems hidden within some of the songs but as a whole (after many listens over the years) it lacks what most Opeth albums have: a soul. The only elements that stick in my mind are negative ones, like boring, repedetive riffs, less-than-par production and songs that do not need to be as long as they are (*cough* 'Wreath...*cough* 'Deliverence'). Although, one said 'gem' lies in 'Delieverence'; the breakdown at the end is very, very cool.
'A Fair Judgement' is probably my favorite, which is ironic considering it is the softest song on a suposed-to-be hard album. There are many drawn-out riffs that seem to only be there to put a larger number in the time slot next to the song (thus being more progressive).

Apologies for the harsher tone but keep in mind I love Opeth and this honest review is for those who would seek to buy an Opeth album and want an honest critique. Advice: start somwhere else, like 'Still Life' or 'Ghost Riveries'.


exactly what I think about this one. this album is more suitable for the death metal fans who want to try some opeth . very simplistic compared to every thing they have done except the damnation .
Pelagial - 01.03.2012 at 20:57  
Rating: 10 Perfect concept join with Damnation
Korah - 04.03.2012 at 21:31  
Rating: 9 A masterpiece! The drum part in Deliverance is amazing.
infernaldeath87 - 02.05.2012 at 18:22  
Rating: 10 So heavy I love all of it!
Dentura - 10.06.2012 at 01:32  
Rating: 8 Fantastic album and it joins with its companion album Damnation very nicely. By The Pain I See In Others is a song I constantly return to.
infernaldeath87 - 27.07.2012 at 04:56  
Rating: 10 I bought this record two weeks ago after listening to it a few times online. I already knew this was Opeth's heaviest album, but I don't feel that it's boring or repetitive at all. In fact, I believe it is very precise and meticulous, and given that it is a different direction for the band, it goes great with Damnation, thus making it an awesome and interesting record.
ThunderAxe1989 - 02.11.2012 at 04:13  
Rating: 8 Wow, I haven't listened to this album in literally almost 10 years! When I first bought it and listened, I remember being disappointed because I wanted another Blackwater Park. But with age, I have become more open minded, wiser and......more realistic haha.
Seriously though, while it may lack a certain dark feeling compared to earlier works, above all..... it's actually not bad as a whole.
So I give it an 8.
deadone - 03.02.2014 at 01:20  
Rating: 5
Written by mz on 16.02.2012 at 14:16

Written by Regolith on 19.11.2011 at 23:57

My least favorite Opeth album - very uninspired sounding.
There are some gems hidden within some of the songs but as a whole (after many listens over the years) it lacks what most Opeth albums have: a soul. The only elements that stick in my mind are negative ones, like boring, repedetive riffs, less-than-par production and songs that do not need to be as long as they are (*cough* 'Wreath...*cough* 'Deliverence'). Although, one said 'gem' lies in 'Delieverence'; the breakdown at the end is very, very cool.
'A Fair Judgement' is probably my favorite, which is ironic considering it is the softest song on a suposed-to-be hard album. There are many drawn-out riffs that seem to only be there to put a larger number in the time slot next to the song (thus being more progressive).

Apologies for the harsher tone but keep in mind I love Opeth and this honest review is for those who would seek to buy an Opeth album and want an honest critique. Advice: start somwhere else, like 'Still Life' or 'Ghost Riveries'.


exactly what I think about this one. this album is more suitable for the death metal fans who want to try some opeth . very simplistic compared to every thing they have done except the damnation .



The problem is that Deliverance is a bit too tedious even for us more straight forward Death Metal fans.
R'Vannith - 03.02.2014 at 06:08  
Rating: 6 For me this is Opeth's most tedious album, whether it's more suited for death metal fans or not, it just sounds mundane in their discography.
mz - 03.02.2014 at 08:13  
Rating: 7
Written by deadone on 03.02.2014 at 01:20

The problem is that Deliverance is a bit too tedious even for us more straight forward Death Metal fans.


True, but I didn't say that "it's suitable for death metal fans" and I agree with you. I see this album as a start for those who are primarily into death metal want to get into opeth. I'd much rather listening to Morbid Angel, for instance.
deadone - 03.02.2014 at 11:31  
Rating: 5 I see what you mean.

I'd actually sooner recommend them Blackwater Park.
Paw!! - 02.05.2014 at 22:20  
Rating: 10
Written by deadone on 03.02.2014 at 11:31

I see what you mean.

I'd actually sooner recommend them Blackwater Park.

MichaelAngeloT - 11.08.2014 at 21:36  
Rating: 9 One of the Best ever
Troy Killjoy - 22.08.2014 at 07:23  
  Their heaviest and most direct album to date, which is exactly what I was hoping for. When I'm in the mood for variation and constant mood changes, I'll listen to Blackwater Park. This is one I could get used to listening to frequently - it tones down everything I dislike about the band. Its softer moments seem to accentuate the more brutal ones rather than detracting from them, aside from the filler known as A Fair Judgement. I think it's safe to say this is my favorite Opeth release.
mz - 22.08.2014 at 13:48  
Rating: 7 Haha A Fair Judgement is my most favorite track of this record.
Mr. Doctor - 22.08.2014 at 14:53  
Rating: 7 Same as mz, wouldn't call it a filler. Very atmospheric track that works perfectly as a middle point for the album. I liked this album a lot when I first started listening to Opeth but nowdays it's not hot enough. It does have some brilliant moments though and tracks like By The Pain I See In Others are among the most underrated of their career.
Definitely their heaviest album but sometimes it gets monotonous. The first track being an obvious example of this. It should have been a shorter and tighter album.
Troy Killjoy - 22.08.2014 at 17:28  
  I wouldn't be surprised if more people disagreed with my opinions regarding Opeth to be honest. I'm not exactly a fan of the band and the parts that I enjoy most about them seem to be the parts most of the fans find dull and boring. That's because I generally don't like prog on its own, but this heavier uptempo style is more suited to my personal taste.
Marcel Hubregtse - 22.08.2014 at 17:38  
  Every time anyone calls ths one Opeth's heaviest album I am totally surpised. When you compare it to Damnation it is heavy. But it doesn't come close to Orchid, Morningrise and My Arms Your Hearse when talking about heaviness.
Mr. Doctor - 22.08.2014 at 17:49  
Rating: 7
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 22.08.2014 at 17:38

Every time anyone calls ths one Opeth's heaviest album I am totally surpised. When you compare it to Damnation it is heavy. But it doesn't come close to Orchid, Morningrise and My Arms Your Hearse when talking about heaviness.


I think it has to do with the production as well. The first albums (specially the first two) were a bit thinner so they came across as less heavy to me.
Jaeryd17‍ - 05.10.2014 at 07:48  
Rating: 8
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 22.08.2014 at 17:38

Every time anyone calls ths one Opeth's heaviest album I am totally surpised. When you compare it to Damnation it is heavy. But it doesn't come close to Orchid, Morningrise and My Arms Your Hearse when talking about heaviness.


I don't think the first two albums are as heavy as you say they are, but I've also never understood why Deliverance is called their heaviest. And it's not just the weaker production sound; musically, Blackwater Park was much more aggressive much more often than Deliverance was, and I feel like there's more soft moments in Deliverance than there was in BP overall. If anything, Opeth was at their heaviest on the three albums from My Arms, Your Hearse to Blackwater Park.

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