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Watershed (Special Edition CD & DVD)

Released on 02 June 2008

Artist: Opeth

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  1. Coil
  2. Heir Apparent
  3. The Lotus Eater
  4. Burden
  5. Porcelain Heart
  6. Hessian Peel
  7. Hex Omega
  8. Derelict Herds (Bonus Track)
  9. Bridge Of Sighs (Robin Trower Cover) (Bonus Track)
  10. Den Standiga Resan (Marie Fredriksson Cover) (Bonus Track)
  • Expanded artwork

DVD:

  • 5.1 Album Mix
  • Making Of The Album Documentary
  • Exclusive interviews

customer Reviews

 Average rating (11 reviews)

 BOLD BRUTAL BEAUTIFUL BRILLIANT

| | See all rockdog's reviews (23)

THERE IS NO OTHER BAND LIKE OPETH and with Watershed, their 9th 'observation' they have produced their most progressive work to date whilst still retaining the Opeth mix of beautiful melancholy interlaced with sheer brutality
Starting the album with 'Coil' an acoustic intro (since at 3.11 it is one of the shortest songs they have written!) is an unusual move but with the addition of folk singer Natalie Lorrichs, is a wonderfully atmospheric track which makes the next track - the BRUTAL 'Heir Apparent' even more brutal and one of the heaviest tracks they have ever done!
'The Lotus Eater' with it's death and clean vocals duelling over blast beats is stunning and with so much going on veering between lush instrumentation, death metal and jazzy keyboard licks, is equally confusing and exhiliaring.
'Burden' is next - a soaring 70's style prog ballad with Mikael's voice on top form and some exquisite guitar work - the intro alone is guaranteed to send the hairs up on the back of the neck and in my opinion is one of the best songs Opeth have written and I've heard them all - the outro itself turns the song on its head via some down-tuned guitaring which takes the song into a more sinister realm - very inventive.
The single 'Porcelain Heart' has depressingly frail vocals which are underpinned by a crushingly heavy riff and is a great example of the dynamics that Opeth employ.
'Hessian Peel' is epic in every sense of the word and is difficult to explain - suffice to say 1/2 of the song is mellow taking in horns, clarinets and keyboards....then the death vocals come from nowhere to take the song in a completely different direction - it is breathtaking to hear the stunning musicianship on display.
Finally 'Hex Omega' ends the song with again mellow, sparse atmospherics interlaced with heaviness!
All in all this has to rank as one of Opeth's best albums - definitely their most diverse and progressive and the vocals and musicians (irrespective of the change in line-up) are on top form!!
The extras consist of a documentary on the making of the album with input from every member, 3 extra tracks (although disappointed they only put them on the DVD and not the CD as all are great) and the whole album in 5.1 surround sound!!
If you love bands that aren't afraid of doing what they want then you will LOVE this album!!

 Stunning

| | See all degenero's reviews (1)

I have just "heard" some tracks. It was very difficult to make an album better than the wonderfull Ghost Reveries, but they made it.
A must Have, nothing to say about it.
It's reductive to call them Death Metal band, they are something more. I think that they are actually the best metal Band around.

Buy it!

 cant wait

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i only got into opeth after listening to the first track of the ghost reveries album.so i went out and bought the album and it totally blew me away.so i dunno how they will top that album but im sure they wont let us down.

 mystery in a letter

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We've always known Opeth as being a death metal progressive band, but in this album there is something different, something totally experimental that breaks every note and every beat and rhythm. yes true, we can still hear amazing growls from Akerfeldt, but the music says it all. therfore i give opeth a five star and my respect for creating another masterpiece. I think more than 'how' , Akerfeldt together with all the other band members, want to ask 'why?' .... do we live.

 innovation has a name: Opeth

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It's difficult to stay indifferent when opeth realeases a new album. All over the years they got us used to listen to high standard music. Since their work with the producer steven wilson, their sound became better and better and reflects even more their own style. Unique in its kind, opeth has raised once again the bar. Watershed is an innovative and unique album on the bands career and on the history of metal music. Their combination of progressive rock ambiance with death metal riffs make a wonderful fusion of sounds that surprise us at each song. Probably one of the most interesting songs on the album is "burden", a mellow type song, inspired by the 70s prog-rock scene. And opeth do it so well with this one. The keyboards are amazing, akerfeldt's voice is just beautiful and the guitar solos are simply genius in the song's context.

The dvd that comes with this pack is very interesting because it gets a glimpse at the rehearsal sessions of the band, as well as individual interviews and small performances from each member. The bonus tracks are really worth listening, specially the robin trower's cover of "bridge of sighs", where akerfeldt shows us his amazing vocal qualities for the mellow songs.

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