Written on: 07/07/2003 by Chris.
Completely excellent album. Writing, playing and production are all first rate.
'Blackwater park' the 5th Opeth album, is the best of the 7 albums they have produced to date. Owing almost as much to classical music as to "extreme" metal. Opeth are very special indeed. To call Opeth "Death/Black/Doom etc. etc. metal" is to completely miss the point and wrongly pigeon hole them. 'Blackwater park' has contrasts of heavy and mellow material which combines to form a symphony of excellent music. almost every song is around 10 minutes long (or more!) but they don't drag and bore, like many people believe a metal song of such length would do. Stand out track is 'Blackwater Park' which closes the album, a truly beautiful track that astounds throughout it's 12 minute length. Do yourself a favour. Buy this album at the first available opportunity. And prepare for wondrous things....
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