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Opeth - Blackwater Park



9.3 | 3217 votes |
Release date: 12 March 2001
Style: Extreme progressive metal

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01. The Leper Affinity
02. Bleak [feat. Steven Wilson]
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
Featured in "Getting Into: Opeth"

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

Studio musicians
Steven John Wilson - vocals, guitars, pianos
Markus Lindberg - egg shakers

Additional info
Recorded at Fredman Studios from August to October 2000.
Produced by Mikael Åkerfeldt
Co-produced by Steven Wilson
Engineered by Fredrik Nordström & Steven Wilson.
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 (162)

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)

Staff review by
ScreamingSteelUS
Rating:
2.0
This charade has gone on long enough. It's time someone gave this crappy album an honest assessment.

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published 01.04.2018 | Comments (42)

It's hard to believe that human civilization peaked on March 12, 2001, but we of Metal Storm are well aware of the fact that Opeth's Blackwater Park is the single most important and amazing work of art ever to grace our unworthy human senses - and today this pillar of sonic achievement turns 20 years old.

Now, iconic reviews aside, I don't actually believe that Blackwater Park is the greatest album ever released - in fact, it's not even my favorite Opeth album - but there's no denying that it is a milestone in its genre, easily one of the definitive recordings of progressive metal. It ranks among the most significant and influential works in its sphere, standing tall even within Opeth's discography; with a career practically founded on the production of successive magna opera, Opeth will likely never have a single, incontrovertible outlier to be crowned their best, but Blackwater Park does have something like a mythology surrounding it. Maybe you don't have to treat it like the apex of heavy metal, but it's still a damn good progressive death metal record that we can all enjoy, and what more reason do you need to give it a spin?

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27.07.2011 - 02:46
Rating: 9
aerobat97

Blackwater Park is one epic album! The guitar riffs and Mikael's grunting voices are haunting, but amazing. This is definitely a staple in death metal.
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27.07.2011 - 02:51
Rating: 9
@gent_-_orange

Written by aerobat97 on 27.07.2011 at 02:46

Blackwater Park is one epic album! The guitar riffs and Mikael's grunting voices are haunting, but amazing. This is definitely a staple in death metal.

Prog metal not Death metal
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27.07.2011 - 02:55
Rating: 9
aerobat97

Written by @gent_-_orange on 27.07.2011 at 02:51

Written by aerobat97 on 27.07.2011 at 02:46

Blackwater Park is one epic album! The guitar riffs and Mikael's grunting voices are haunting, but amazing. This is definitely a staple in death metal.

Prog metal not Death metal

My apologies.
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27.07.2011 - 02:58
Rating: 9
@gent_-_orange

Written by aerobat97 on 27.07.2011 at 02:55

Written by @gent_-_orange on 27.07.2011 at 02:51

Written by aerobat97 on 27.07.2011 at 02:46

Blackwater Park is one epic album! The guitar riffs and Mikael's grunting voices are haunting, but amazing. This is definitely a staple in death metal.

Prog metal not Death metal

My apologies.

Dont worry mate I wasn't getting at you or anything.... Just me being a genre elitist At least we both agree this is a good record though
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10.09.2011 - 08:48
BloodFireDeath

Ok Rupophobic calm down. Opeth is a fabulous band and is one of the finest metal bands of all time. But saying they are better than Bach, Beethoven, and the boys is sheer blasphemy. Opeth can't even hold a candle to them. Have you even listened in detail and studied those classical musicians. I doubt you have which makes me want to encourage you to do so. If you think Opeth is great (which they are and have hardly any rivals and are gods) dive deep into the classical gods. They have such sights to show you.
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12.09.2011 - 20:21
Rating: 9
musicalkaratekid

Not at all overrated in my opinion. Its not my favourite album by opeth,but it was the album that made me an instant fan. Ive heard few better openers and title tracks on any other album ive listened to, and ive listened to a lot! 'Blackwater Park' remains one of my favourite albums of all time to be honest!
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28.09.2011 - 06:13
lepare

This is fricking awesome
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30.09.2011 - 16:05
skeletorissatan

Great album. However, i can think of one line that topps any of the lyrics on it "i am the table" from metallica
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03.12.2011 - 07:13
Rating: 10
Melkor

I wonder how can you give this album evn a 9!!its so up for d 1st position in d top 200 albums!!!best opeth work,period!!
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12.12.2011 - 02:04
John Shock

Written by Melkor on 03.12.2011 at 07:13

I wonder how can you give this album evn a 9!!its so up for d 1st position in d top 200 albums!!!best opeth work,period!!

Best of the world right now :-)
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28.12.2011 - 03:59
ThunderAxe1989
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To this day it's still my favourite Opeth album, It's the record that turned me onto them in the first place, too bad it was their last "extreme-prog" album.
I remember from the moment I heard "The Funeral Portrait", I was in love!
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28.12.2011 - 14:17
Rating: 9
X-Ray Rod
Skandino
Written by Guest on 28.12.2011 at 03:59
too bad it was their last "extreme-prog" album.

Deliverance? While not as good it definitely has the same approach.
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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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31.12.2011 - 00:53
ThunderAxe1989
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Written by X-Ray Rod on 28.12.2011 at 14:17

Written by Guest on 28.12.2011 at 03:59
too bad it was their last "extreme-prog" album.

Deliverance? While not as good it definitely has the same approach.

errrmm, well, that can be argued. I can appreciate where you're coming from though, seeing as it has gutteral vocals and so forth. But the instrumentation is even different compared to all the previous Opeth albums. Deliverance was definately their turning point, the production says it all. I find they were trying to incorporate more [mainstream] Death Metal elements, like on "Wreath" and "Master's Apprentice". Maybe I was wrong for saying it's not extreme-prog, but same approach, I'm not so sure.
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31.12.2011 - 01:25
Rating: 9
X-Ray Rod
Skandino
Written by Guest 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.
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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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19.01.2012 - 04:44
teniva

Listening to everyday....
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20.01.2012 - 23:56
Rating: 10
Leodrak

Hell yeah, i listened this album many years ago but i passed it because i didnt like the metal art so much, at this point being a massive listener of this subgenre i must say this albums is a Piece of True Art. I like it too knowing that Wilson helped producing it.

+10
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01.03.2012 - 20:33
Rating: 10
Korah

A masterpiece at less.
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Don't cry for my English
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01.03.2012 - 20:57
Rating: 10
Pelagial

The MASTERPIECE of Opeth
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12.03.2012 - 10:29
Rating: 10
lord artan

Masterpiece...i love this
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11.04.2012 - 17:54
Rating: 10
infernaldeath87

Timeless album...
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02.05.2012 - 03:01
Best.album.ever
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22.05.2012 - 21:49
dinualin94
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One of the best albums ever
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22.05.2012 - 22:02
!J.O.O.E.!
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I was about to mention the amount of tens in the comments above, and then I realised my comment would be adding to them
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22.05.2012 - 22:04
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Guest on 22.05.2012 at 22:02

I was about to mention the amount of tens in the comments above, and then I realised my comment would be adding to them


Let me break the chain
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22.05.2012 - 22:06
!J.O.O.E.!
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Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 22.05.2012 at 22:04


Let me break the chain

This could have been something special Marcel!
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22.05.2012 - 22:12
Rating: 8
Troy Killjoy
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Written by Guest on 22.05.2012 at 22:02
I was about to mention the amount of tens in the comments above, and then I realised my comment would be adding to them

Mine would be a 6 if I ever decide to keep my votes. :/
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22.05.2012 - 22:14
!J.O.O.E.!
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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
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22.05.2012 - 22:18
Rating: 9
X-Ray Rod
Skandino
Written by Guest 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.!
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Written by X-Ray Rod 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
Rating: 9
X-Ray Rod
Skandino
Written by Guest 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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