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Damnation is a complex and often acoustic album that demonstrates beyond question Opeth's high regard for the sweet harmonies and post-psychedelic atmospherics of '70s rockers such as Camel, Steve Hackett, and, especially, Barclay James Harvest. Then there's Opeth's own pedigree. Steeped in the bloodier aspects of metal, singer Mikael Akerfeldt has no time for sweet love or fanciful flights of fantasy; he's trapped in post-relationship depression, drowning in loneliness and regret.
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I started listening to groups like Katatonia, Riverside, Porcupine Tree, and of course, Opeth. It would be Opeth that would convince me completely that Progressive Rock had returned from hibernation. That's not to say that the others I mentioned were inferior (Riverside and Porcupine Tree are truly, amazingly talented), just that Opeth spoke to me on a more personal, or visceral level.
My first experience with Opeth was "Watershed" (as I mentioned in another review), so I didn't have the 'death growl' expectations that others have lamented since "Heritage". "Pale Communion" and "Sorceress" were both incredible, fantastic albums for me. And after coming into the wonderful music of Opeth 2.0 through the 'back door', so to speak, the album "Damnation" was so powerful and so well done I fell in love with it immediately.
I really can't say enough to express the admiration I have for this group and this album. My favorite tracks are "Windowpane" and " Closure", but the entire collection is excellent. It showcases the depth and versatility of these musicians to produce top quality music no matter what the genre. Yes, this album is both mellow and it's dark, and you definitely need to hear it. Highly recommended.
favorite tracks are Windowpane and Death Whispered a Lullaby, those tbh i quite enjoy the entire album.