History Music / Opeth

27th Jul '16 8:17:51 PM gewunomox
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[[caption-width-right:300:The dudes themselves. Opeth logo visible in the background.]]

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[[caption-width-right:300:The [[caption-width-right:300: The dudes themselves. Opeth logo visible in the background.]]






Not to be confused with {{Otep}}, as they often are.

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Not to be confused with {{Otep}}, Music/{{Otep}}, as they often are.
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!!Discography:

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!!Discography:
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* ''My Arms Your Hearse'' (1998)

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* ''My Arms Arms, Your Hearse'' (1998)






!!Current Band members:
* Mikael Akerfeldt: vocals, guitar, bass on ''My Arms Your Hearse'' (1990-)

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!!Current
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* Mikael Akerfeldt: vocals, guitar, bass on ''My Arms Arms, Your Hearse'' (1990-)



!!Past Band members:

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!!Opeth shows example of:

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!!Opeth
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*** And subverted as well, as the heaviest song on "Ghost Reveries", "The Grand Conjuration", is stuck between the two lightest and shortest songs on the album, "Hours of Wealth" and "Isolation Years"

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*** And subverted as well, as the heaviest song on "Ghost Reveries", "The Grand Conjuration", is stuck between the two lightest and shortest songs on the album, "Hours of Wealth" and "Isolation Years"Years".



* CarefulWithThatAxe: Plently examples.

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* CarefulWithThatAxe: Plently examples.Plenty of examples:
19th Jun '16 10:26:29 PM gewunomox
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Despite their departure from the genre, Opeth are generally accepted to be one of the poster children for ProgressiveDeathMetal. While they are firmly rooted in Scandinavian death metal, they have shown many elements of ProgressiveRock throughout their albums. They are known to combine elements of heavy metal, progressive rock, Scandinavian folk music, blues, jazz, and acoustics into their songs. While Mikael has stated that groups that inspired Opeth were ones like Music/{{Slayer}}, Music/{{Black Sabbath}}, Music/{{Death}}, and CelticFrost, he fully admits that other bands like Music/{{Yes}}, Music/{{Camel}}, Music/{{Magma}}, and other progressive bands inspired the progressive rock side of them. They are well known to try something new even after an extremely successful album (à la ''Blackwater Park'' and ''Ghost Reveries''). They remain one of the world's most popular DeathMetal acts, and are considered to be engaged in the work of opening up that scene to a wider audience, as their acoustic, jazzy, and folkish elements can easily draw fans of those styles into a position to appreciate the legitimate musicality of the abrasive, sonically violent, and dissonantly deconstructive nature of the death metal soundscape.

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Despite their departure from the genre, Opeth are generally accepted to be one of the poster children for ProgressiveDeathMetal. While they are firmly rooted in Scandinavian death metal, they have shown many elements of ProgressiveRock throughout their albums. They are known to combine elements of heavy metal, progressive rock, Scandinavian folk music, blues, jazz, and acoustics into their songs. While Mikael has stated that groups that inspired Opeth were ones like Music/{{Slayer}}, Music/{{Black Sabbath}}, Music/{{Death}}, and CelticFrost, Music/CelticFrost, he fully admits that other bands like Music/{{Yes}}, Music/{{Camel}}, Music/{{Magma}}, and other progressive bands inspired the progressive rock side of them. They are well known to try something new even after an extremely successful album (à la ''Blackwater Park'' and ''Ghost Reveries''). They remain one of the world's most popular DeathMetal acts, and are considered to be engaged in the work of opening up that scene to a wider audience, as their acoustic, jazzy, and folkish elements can easily draw fans of those styles into a position to appreciate the legitimate musicality of the abrasive, sonically violent, and dissonantly deconstructive nature of the death metal soundscape.
15th Jun '16 2:01:10 PM MasterInferno
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* ''Sorceress'' (2016, forthcoming)
3rd Apr '16 3:41:15 PM CassandraLeo
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** One of the best examples is the song "Hessian Peel" from ''Watershed'', which contains around six minutes of serene ProgressiveRock before abruptly transforming into blasting DeathMetal. "Dirge for November" is also an excellent example, as noted immediately above. That said, many of the band's transitions are more gradual ("The Drapery Falls" is a good example here).

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** One of the best examples is the song "Hessian Peel" from ''Watershed'', which contains around six minutes of serene ProgressiveRock before abruptly transforming into blasting DeathMetal. "Dirge for November" is also an excellent example, as noted immediately above. That said, many of the band's transitions are more gradual ("The Drapery Falls" is a good example here).here, as it builds up steadily to the death metal section in a BoleroEffect-like fashion before transition back to progressive rock somewhat more abruptly).
3rd Apr '16 3:37:48 PM CassandraLeo
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** Interestingly, many individual songs vary wildly between rankings, such as "Dirge for November," which starts about a 2/3 for the first couple minutes, then rockets straight to a 9 pretty much without warning. Almost every song on ''Watershed'' has these extreme variations as well.

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** Interestingly, many individual songs vary wildly between rankings, such as "Dirge for November," which starts about a 2/3 for the first couple minutes, then rockets straight to a 9 pretty much without warning. warning before going back to 2/3 territory for the coda. Almost every song on ''Watershed'' has these extreme variations as well.well, with "Hessian Peel" being probably the most extreme example (unless you count the transition from "Coil" to "Heir Apparent").



** One of the best examples is the song "Hessian Peel" from ''Watershed'', which contains around six minutes of serene ProgressiveRock before abruptly transforming into blasting DeathMetal. That said, many of the band's transitions are more gradual ("The Drapery Falls" is a good example here).

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** One of the best examples is the song "Hessian Peel" from ''Watershed'', which contains around six minutes of serene ProgressiveRock before abruptly transforming into blasting DeathMetal. "Dirge for November" is also an excellent example, as noted immediately above. That said, many of the band's transitions are more gradual ("The Drapery Falls" is a good example here).
3rd Apr '16 3:34:37 PM CassandraLeo
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* SincerestFormOfFlattery: Mikael has stated that the song "Ending Credits" off ''Damnation'' is "totally a Music/{{Camel}} ripoff". Given how he's also said how much of an influence they are to him, the song becomes more of a tribute than a FollowTheLeader kind of thing.

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* SincerestFormOfFlattery: Mikael has stated that the song "Ending Credits" off ''Damnation'' is "totally a Music/{{Camel}} ripoff". Given how he's also said how much of an influence they are to him, the song becomes more of a tribute than a FollowTheLeader kind of thing. "Benighted" is another example of clear Camel influence on Opeth's work; its resemblance to "Never Let Go" has been repeatedly noted.
3rd Apr '16 3:32:37 PM CassandraLeo
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** One of the best examples is the song "Hessian Peel" from ''Watershed'', which contains around six minutes of serene ProgressiveRock before abruptly transforming into blasting DeathMetal. That said, many of the band's transitions are more gradual ("The Drapery Falls" is a good example here).
30th Mar '16 1:08:58 PM BronyoftheOctaves
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* HatesEveryoneEqually: ''Blackwater Park'' has themes of this according to the ''Blackwater Park: Legacy Edition'' linear notes by Mikael.
30th Mar '16 10:21:50 AM CassandraLeo
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* NoEnding: "Serenity Painted Death" and "Closure" both cut off abruptly. In the former it is intentional to indicate the capture of the protagonist, while in the latter it is an ironic pun on the title of the song (as the abrupt ending means the song has ''no'' closure).



* XMeetsY: Music/DreamTheater meets Music/{{Deicide}} (minus satanic lyrics).

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* XMeetsY: Music/DreamTheater meets Music/{{Deicide}} (minus overtly satanic lyrics).
6th Feb '16 2:48:33 PM Freshmeat
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This all changed with the release of ''Blackwater Park'', which many fans and critics considered then to be Opeth's MagnumOpus. After the massive success of ''Blackwater Park'', they began their first world-wide tour. Within a six month period of time, they released two albums: ''Deliverance'' and ''Damnation''. The former is considered to be the band's heaviest work while the latter is a more elegant acoustic based album. While ''Deliverance'' was well-received, ''Damnation'' instantly became a fan favorite, most notably the song ''Windowpane''. (Note that Opeth originally planned these two to be a DistinctDoubleAlbum, but ExecutiveMeddling nixed the idea). After extensive touring, they released 2005's dark and majestic ''Ghost Reveries'', which (just like other previous albums) became an instant hit. After the release of ''Ghost Reveries'' however, Peter Lindgren and Martin Lopez (guitarist and drummer, respectively) left the band, leaving Opeth's future in doubt. Nevertheless, in 2008, Opeth released ''Watershed'', which has been praised as their deepest and most mature work to date.

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This all changed with the release of ''Blackwater Park'', which many fans and critics considered then to be Opeth's MagnumOpus.best. After the massive success of ''Blackwater Park'', they began their first world-wide tour. Within a six month period of time, they released two albums: ''Deliverance'' and ''Damnation''. The former is considered to be the band's heaviest work while the latter is a more elegant acoustic based album. While ''Deliverance'' was well-received, ''Damnation'' instantly became a fan favorite, most notably the song ''Windowpane''. (Note that Opeth originally planned these two to be a DistinctDoubleAlbum, but ExecutiveMeddling nixed the idea). After extensive touring, they released 2005's dark and majestic ''Ghost Reveries'', which (just like other previous albums) became an instant hit. After the release of ''Ghost Reveries'' however, Peter Lindgren and Martin Lopez (guitarist and drummer, respectively) left the band, leaving Opeth's future in doubt. Nevertheless, in 2008, Opeth released ''Watershed'', which has been praised as their deepest and most mature work to date.
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