Opeth's magnum opus, and the record that got me into extreme metal. An essential that must be obtained by any means.
Instead of dicking around, I'll cut right to the chase and say that this is my favorite album by my favorite band of all time. The sheer beauty and musicianship that is shown here is indescribable, not to mention the amount of differentiation and diversity that can be found on every single track, from start to finish, creating a perfectly cohesive and audible work of art. This is the essential metal album, period. Now that I've told you what I think of the record, I'll explain why.
is a mix of progressive metal, black metal, and melodic death. That
's if you don't count the countless amount of folk and classical influences. On Blackwater Park
, they take that, put it on steroids, and then use up all of the creativity and effort that they can muster down to the last drop, and this is the product. What you see is the finished collection of the bands greatest accumulated talent, put on CD. The amount of emotions that you'll experience on this CD is mind-boggling, and almost anyone will find something that they really like on here.
This record is so amazing that it simply doesn't need that much explanation. The fact is that Opeth
completely outdid themselves on Blackwater Park
and creates a classic for the ages, one that is almost sure to stand the test of time. It encourages experimentation, diversity, and soulfulness, which is exactly what the music industry needs in this time.