×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

Damnation
     

Damnation

4.9 9
by Opeth
 

See All Formats & Editions

Released in 2003, Damnation is easily the most radical departure of Opeth's career. The companion piece to the previous year's Deliverance set, to which it was originally inextricably married (before record company marketing men got their dirty little hands on them), the album is the first to explore the group's non-heavy

Overview

Released in 2003, Damnation is easily the most radical departure of Opeth's career. The companion piece to the previous year's Deliverance set, to which it was originally inextricably married (before record company marketing men got their dirty little hands on them), the album is the first to explore the group's non-heavy metal-based songwriting both at length and exclusively. Since all of Opeth's previous outings were specifically conceived for the express purpose of contrasting heavy and light, violent and delicate, black and white, such a uniform presentation would already be surprising enough, but perhaps even more astounding is the realization that Damnation can't even be termed a heavy metal album. This is because, except for very brief moments in the excellent "Closure," not a distorted power guitar chord, not a pounding bass drum, not a growled death vocal is to be found here -- only mellow, melancholy, deeply reflective numbers boasting melodic electric and acoustic guitars, the odd bit of piano and Mellotron (performed by the producer, Porcupine Tree's Steve Wilson), and background string arrangements. Rather, alluringly mournful tracks like "Windowpane," "Death Whispered a Lullaby," "Hope Leaves," and "Ending Credits" are at once complex and supple. Relatively of short length by Opeth standards, they often resemble the short musical interludes separating the band's prevalent explosions of black metal fury and progressive rock excursions. Laid out in unnaturally fluid sequence here, these songs obviously fail to provide the striking, surprise-filled experience that longtime Opeth fans have grown accustomed to, but once the novelty sinks in, those fans will easily come to enjoy and recognize Damnation for the finely executed if unique chapter it represents. In fact, even traditional rock fans with no interest in heavy metal whatsoever are likely to appreciate Damnation for its beautifully assembled, reliably high-caliber songwriting -- it's that good. As for devout metalheads seeking their first taste of Opeth's usual, furiously metallic onslaught, they should start with the aforementioned Deliverance or perhaps 2000's Blackwater Park in order to get a more accurate glimpse of the Opeth they've been reading about. Ideally, however, open-minded listeners will sample both Deliverance and Damnation in the manner intended in the first place: together, as dissimilar halves comprising an astoundingly inspired whole.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/10/2012
Label:
The End Records
UPC:
0654436022626
catalogNumber:
2262

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Opeth   Primary Artist
Martín Mendez   Bass Guitar,Group Member
Steven Wilson   Background Vocals,Mellotron,fender rhodes,Piano (Grand)
Mikael Åkerfeldt   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Peter Lindgren   Guitar,Group Member
Martin Lopez   Percussion,Drums,Group Member

Technical Credits

Opeth   Producer,Engineer,Visual Direction
Steven Wilson   Composer,Lyricist,Producer,Engineer
Mikael Åkerfeldt   Composer,Lyricist
Mick Hutson   Band Photo
Travis Smith   Booklet Design,Sleeve Design

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews

Damnation 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow this album is amazing. it's totally different from any other Opeth albums but could be compared to Opeth's softer and acoustic sections like the song Harvest from Blackwater Park. Opeth sound like a totally different band but each song is so complex and unique it blows you away. This album is by no means gloomy but also breathtaking. A must have for any 'rock' fan. If your'e looking for Heavy Opeth get Deliverence.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Opeth have done what I've been waiting for, an all mellow, album, in which in lyrical content and melodies, their ability to the beauty of sadness, and to put it into music makes it amazing, my favorite songs are in my time of need, hope leaves, ending credits, closure, death whipsered a lullaby, and weakness. Weakness seems to be the most beautiful track with just a melotron and mikael playing a few notes, and this songs clearly outlines Damnation's complete loss of hope feeling, and in the lyrics, it seems all hope is gone, and someone is never coming back...so beautiful...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Damnation isn't exactly what you would expect from Opeth, but still an excellent album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Guys sure went on a tangent with this one. and of course, hands down, they succeeded and this album is great. Of course, you woudlnt expect anything less of them would you? ;)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a one of a kind CD. The music is reminiscent of Rush's Witch Hunt and the lyrics tilt towards Anonymous 4's 1000 A Mass For The End Of Time. If your idea of Heavy Metal is Rammstein, this CD isn't for you. But, if Queensryche's Operation Mindcrime is in your collection, you NEED TO BUY THIS! This is a very well done work. The lyrics beg the question of what would you be thinking if you were told you were terminal and music is straight from the progressive rock school. This CD is exclusively in the band's slower and cleaner style, but even more lyricly focused than their other efforts. This IS Opeth, well written, well executed (pardon the pun), and very consistent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The second Opeth album I bought and I was affraid I was gonna have to turn the stereo down. But my mother walked in and heared this Santana like lead guitar and beautiful lyrics which sounded kind of jazzy. Shes thought of them as a pretty good band until she bought me the Orchid album and had a different approach. Shes the Elton John and 60's type of person. Nonetheless I loved the CD.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago