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meltedbuzzboxmeltedbuzzbox Frets: 7576
Hello all, 

I have recently stumbled upon Opeth. Does anyone have any recommendations?
The Bigsby was the first successful design of what is now called a whammy bar or tremolo arm, although vibrato is the technically correct term for the musical effect it produces. In standard usage, tremolo is a rapid fluctuation of the volume of a note, while vibrato is a fluctuation in pitch. The origin of this nonstandard usage of the term by electric guitarists is attributed to Leo Fender, who also used the term “vibrato” to refer to what is really a tremolo effect.
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  • jonevejoneve Frets: 849
    Blackwater Park first. 

    Then Damnation

    Then Ghost Reveries

    Then everything else. 

    But definitely Blackwater Park first. It's a fucking masterpiece. 
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  • PolarityManPolarityMan Frets: 4167
    Ghost Reveries, Damnation, Deliverance, Watershed in that order are my faves. GR in particular is  masterclass in what death metal drumming could be.

    Nothing after 2008
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  • stimpsonslostsonstimpsonslostson Frets: 3159
    Blackwater Park. It's brilliant 
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  • jonevejoneve Frets: 849
    Ghost Reveries, Damnation, Deliverance, Watershed in that order are my faves. GR in particular is  masterclass in what death metal drumming could be.

    Nothing after 2008
    This is important. 
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  • schrodinger1612schrodinger1612 Frets: 61
    edited July 9
    In this order...

    Deliverance
    Blackwater Park
    Watershed
    Ghost Reveries
    Still Life
    Morningrise
    My Arms, Your Hearse

    The rest of their albums are shite
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  • beed84beed84 Frets: 1174
    Opeth are a great band to "stumble" upon. Ghost Reveries is my personal favourite album of theirs, but I agree with pretty much what the others have said. I didn't think much to Heritage.
    "Life is full of disappointments. And by disappointments I mean people" -- Kambri Crews
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  • meltedbuzzboxmeltedbuzzbox Frets: 7576
    I've grabbed Damnation, Ghost Reveries and deliverance
    The Bigsby was the first successful design of what is now called a whammy bar or tremolo arm, although vibrato is the technically correct term for the musical effect it produces. In standard usage, tremolo is a rapid fluctuation of the volume of a note, while vibrato is a fluctuation in pitch. The origin of this nonstandard usage of the term by electric guitarists is attributed to Leo Fender, who also used the term “vibrato” to refer to what is really a tremolo effect.
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  • samzadgansamzadgan Frets: 1433
    Also...their Roundhouse Tapes is probably the best of their live albums...pretty much the best of Album!
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  • jonevejoneve Frets: 849
    I've grabbed Damnation, Ghost Reveries and deliverance
    So not Blackwater Park? WHAT THE HELL, MAN?!?!
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  • meltedbuzzboxmeltedbuzzbox Frets: 7576
    joneve said:
    I've grabbed Damnation, Ghost Reveries and deliverance
    So not Blackwater Park? WHAT THE HELL, MAN?!?!
    give it time ;-)
    The Bigsby was the first successful design of what is now called a whammy bar or tremolo arm, although vibrato is the technically correct term for the musical effect it produces. In standard usage, tremolo is a rapid fluctuation of the volume of a note, while vibrato is a fluctuation in pitch. The origin of this nonstandard usage of the term by electric guitarists is attributed to Leo Fender, who also used the term “vibrato” to refer to what is really a tremolo effect.
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  • meltedbuzzboxmeltedbuzzbox Frets: 7576
    actually my bad I have ordered

    Blackwater park
    Ghost Reveries and Damnation 

    all arriving today on that cutting edge format of CD
    The Bigsby was the first successful design of what is now called a whammy bar or tremolo arm, although vibrato is the technically correct term for the musical effect it produces. In standard usage, tremolo is a rapid fluctuation of the volume of a note, while vibrato is a fluctuation in pitch. The origin of this nonstandard usage of the term by electric guitarists is attributed to Leo Fender, who also used the term “vibrato” to refer to what is really a tremolo effect.
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  • jonevejoneve Frets: 849
    actually my bad I have ordered

    Blackwater park
    Ghost Reveries and Damnation 

    all arriving today on that cutting edge format of CD
    Laddy. 

    Deliverance is worth a squirt too as has been mentioned, but the 3 above are my favourites. 
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  • DopesickDopesick Frets: 1022
    edited July 10
    I purchased Blackwater Park as a non-fan way back in 2001 after recommendations from a friend...and I was so impressed with it that I listened to it on headphones three times in a row. It's utterly stunning and has some of the best production I've ever heard. Okay...some parts may drag a tiny bit but on the whole it's superb. The opening flourishes to 'Bleak' are out of this world.

    In fact the first five albums are just fantastic. Orchid may be ancient now (released in 1995) but for a band just starting out it's still brilliant. 'Forest Of October' is incredible.

    I find Deliverance a wee bit overrated as it sounds a bit sterile to me. Andy Sneap should not be producing Opeth records! Still a great record though, if some parts seem to go on for ages (eg. the ending to the title track).

    Ghost Reveries was a return to form and impressed me a lot thanks to the addition of keyboards. Must give it another listen soon actually. Probably the last great album they did.

    It's a new direction yes and probably much needed from their eyes, but yeah anything after Watershed I have pretty much ignored. Just tedious.
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  • schrodinger1612schrodinger1612 Frets: 61
    edited July 10
    @dopesick Check out the Deliverance remaster - there’s a significant difference, sonically
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  • johnljohnl Frets: 283
    Pretty much what everyone else has said. Blackwater Park is easily one of my favourite albums of all time.
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  • ReverendReverend Frets: 1644
    I think I have a CD under the bed that I've never listened to. Maybe I'll dig without one day. 

    I did once see Michael wosisname sing for Candlemas once but he was awful. 
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  • TTBZTTBZ Frets: 576
    I've never made my mind up about Opeth. Some of the bits are just awesome but there's a lot of slow acoustic stuff between them which I don't enjoy so much. Damnation is like a compilation of all the boring bits I hate about the band! As others have said Blackwater Park is great and I like Still Life too. Watershed has its moments such as Heir Apparent.
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  • meltedbuzzboxmeltedbuzzbox Frets: 7576
    The opening track to Blackwater Park is very angry
    The Bigsby was the first successful design of what is now called a whammy bar or tremolo arm, although vibrato is the technically correct term for the musical effect it produces. In standard usage, tremolo is a rapid fluctuation of the volume of a note, while vibrato is a fluctuation in pitch. The origin of this nonstandard usage of the term by electric guitarists is attributed to Leo Fender, who also used the term “vibrato” to refer to what is really a tremolo effect.
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  • PolarityManPolarityMan Frets: 4167
    TTBZ said:
    I've never made my mind up about Opeth. Some of the bits are just awesome but there's a lot of slow acoustic stuff between them which I don't enjoy so much. Damnation is like a compilation of all the boring bits I hate about the band! As others have said Blackwater Park is great and I like Still Life too. Watershed has its moments such as Heir Apparent.
    For me they are at their peak where they have both as part of the appeal is the contrast.

    Imho despite Steven Wilson being a genius when he was still doing PT.... he had a disastrous influence on Akerfeldt and Opeth's decline can be linked directly to them working together.

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  • meltedbuzzboxmeltedbuzzbox Frets: 7576
    @PolarityMan ; I thought there were a lot of similarities between Opeth and Porcupine Tree when I first heard Opeth. Thats what made me check them out. 
    From the little I have heard Opeth seem to have more harmonies and sections in their tracks. 

    So far so good. 
    The Bigsby was the first successful design of what is now called a whammy bar or tremolo arm, although vibrato is the technically correct term for the musical effect it produces. In standard usage, tremolo is a rapid fluctuation of the volume of a note, while vibrato is a fluctuation in pitch. The origin of this nonstandard usage of the term by electric guitarists is attributed to Leo Fender, who also used the term “vibrato” to refer to what is really a tremolo effect.
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  • TTBZTTBZ Frets: 576
    Listening to them today my favourites are definitely Still Life and Watershed. Got a good balance of heavy and soft with some massive riffs (serenity painted death!) - guitar tones are huge as well.
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  • OctahedronOctahedron Frets: 358
    I really like the most recent album they did. 
    Takes them more out of the death metal spheres into the progressive realms. 
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  • PolarityManPolarityMan Frets: 4167
    If by that you mean drums that sound like they were recorded under a duvet, and no riffs then sure...yeah
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  • Hick81Hick81 Frets: 69
    I Opeth I never have to listen to them again 
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  • axisusaxisus Frets: 10753
    I prefer the later stuff. Can't get on with growling vocals at all, just sounds so ridiculous and childish. I don't mind other people enjoying it, but it ain't for me. Ghost Reveries would have been brilliant with decent singing on it, I've had it playing in my car in the past and people who don't know that style of music fall about laughing when the growls start up.
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  • DopesickDopesick Frets: 1022
    Listened to Ghost Reveries for the first time in years a couple of days ago and 'Baying Of The Hounds' is just a stunning track. It's been on repeat constantly in my head all day.
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  • beed84beed84 Frets: 1174
    This thread has prompted me to go an Opeth trip. I listened to Blackwater Park through my headphones last night and Joneve's summary - "it's a fucking masterpiece" - pretty much nails it. Damnation will get a spin later today. Has anyone heard the new album?
    "Life is full of disappointments. And by disappointments I mean people" -- Kambri Crews
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  • boogiemanboogieman Frets: 5042
    I already had Blackwater Park and decided to try a few other albums based on recommended stuff in this thread. I’ve bought Ghost Reveries and Damnation so far. I’m two tracks into Damnation at the moment... it sounds like a better produced version of early King Crimson with all the wistful vocals and mellotrons. A bit of Jethro Tull and Moody Blues in there maybe.  Whoever said it’s a sterile production has got it dead right. Very different from Blackwater for sure, a bit lightweight if I’m honest. I’m not a great fan of the honey monster vocal style but I’m really missing the light and shade of BP.  Hoping Ghost Reveries has a bit more oomph to it. 
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  • PolarityManPolarityMan Frets: 4167
    GR is a masterpiece
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  • beed84beed84 Frets: 1174
    GR is a masterpiece
    Agreed. I’m confident that you’ll find the “oomph” you’re looking for in this album @boogieman ;
    "Life is full of disappointments. And by disappointments I mean people" -- Kambri Crews
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