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Opeth - Blackwater Park

9.3 | 3110 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

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 during the Summer of 2001.
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
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.

published 18.09.2003 | Comments (161)

Guest review by
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.

published 19.06.2010 | Comments (15)

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

published 01.04.2018 | Comments (36)

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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17.07.2021 - 13:01
Rating: 8

Some interesting riffs, and constant transitions between clean vocals, growls, piano, acoustic guitar, etc. It's very unpredictable, I'll give it that!
It's good, a 7 - maybe even a 8 - but it's not extraordinary. I think Edge of Sanity does melodic/progressive death metal better!
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04.08.2021 - 12:18

I've always been really impressed by how well produced this album is. So many little details, some obvious, some hidden. After about 13 years of listening to Opeth I can still find new things. Recently I have been looking for isolated tracks on YouTube for various bands to figure out guitar and bass parts to some songs. I came accross this vocal (and lead guitar) track of The Funeral Portrait, which turns out was pretty much the only way anyone was able to figure out those hidden lyrics in the part at the end with clean vocals (7:02). I just think it's neat how those details aren't immediately noticeable but when you hear them isolated it is instantly recognizable and you realise what an impact something small like that can have on the overall listening experience. I hope someone else finds this interesting:
And the tears that we will weep today
Will all be washed away
By the tears that we will weep again tomorrow
05.08.2021 - 13:47
Rating: 9
X-Ray Rod
Written by Zap on 04.08.2021 at 12:18
The Funeral Portrait - Bricks were shat

YOOOOOOOOOO This is incredible! Thanks a lot for sharing this. That ending puzzled me since the very first time I listened to it haha. Feels like I can finally have a good night's sleep. The best thing is that after you check that video... You can totally hear the lyrics once you listen to the song again.
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.
05.08.2021 - 14:43

Written by X-Ray Rod on 05.08.2021 at 13:47

Written by Zap on 04.08.2021 at 12:18
The Funeral Portrait - Bricks were shat

YOOOOOOOOOO This is incredible! Thanks a lot for sharing this.

That was my first thought as well! Glad you got the same kick out of this as I did. And yes, afterwards you can finally listen to the song and make out those lyrics, haha. It's these little details that can add so much and turn a great production job into something incredible.

As a bonus, check out the vocal only track for Ghost Of Perdition. It's hilarious to hear Mikael intensely scream about ghosts with none of the accompanying music...
And the tears that we will weep today
Will all be washed away
By the tears that we will weep again tomorrow

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