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I haven’t quite connected with this release, at least not to the extent of their previous albums. I think it will be a grower though.

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re OPETH: What happened in my case is that I just got bored of their style for a while and failed to appreciate their growth as songwriters. Ghost Revelries sounded just OK to me in 2005, but when I revisited 5 or so years later I realised it's actually one of their best albums. They bored me again until recently with Sorceress. Really enjoyed it.


I have similar feelings, although I really liked Ghost Reveries from when it came out. After that they really hit a bit of a wall, whether that was to do with their stylistic preferences (which weren’t always best reflected in the material they were releasing) is hard to say. But they had far better exposure by that point, so those records tended to get far favourable critiques than what they probably deserved.

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I have similar feelings, although I really liked Ghost Reveries from when it came out. After that they really hit a bit of a wall, whether that was to do with their stylistic preferences (which weren’t always best reflected in the material they were releasing) is hard to say. But they had far better exposure by that point, so those records tended to get far favourable critiques than what they probably deserved.


One thing I've realised over time is that if you are bored of a band's style, you aren't necessarily the best judge of their new or recent material. This is different from claiming that a new album is quite good but not as good as their debut or 2nd or 3rd album, or whenever you thought their peak was etc. It's just a general feeling of noninterest that's often hard to pinpoint.


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^^How this band have managed to grab my attention after losing it a few times is beyond me. Perhaps because I've noticed a pattern in the overall quality of their output. i.e it ebbs and flows, so I can never write them off completely.

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Gamma Ray - heading for the East

Lust for Life is a cool song at least.


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Easily my favourite Iced Earth offering.

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Chinese Whispers wrote:
I have similar feelings, although I really liked Ghost Reveries from when it came out. After that they really hit a bit of a wall, whether that was to do with their stylistic preferences (which weren’t always best reflected in the material they were releasing) is hard to say. But they had far better exposure by that point, so those records tended to get far favourable critiques than what they probably deserved.


One thing I've realised over time is that if you are bored of a band's style, you aren't necessarily the best judge of their new or recent material. This is different from claiming that a new album is quite good but not as good as their debut or 2nd or 3rd album, or whenever you thought their peak was etc. It's just a general feeling of noninterest that's often hard to pinpoint.


I can't say I was bored of Opeth's style by the time Watershed rolled around, I was actually quite the fan, even pre-ordering the expanded edition. I think in regards to that album, for many it was their first release-day purchase of an Opeth album, one that they had been anticipating after getting on the train with Ghost Reveries. Their deal with Roadrunner really helped their distribution, and no one hypes new releases quite to the degree that Roadrunner did at the time.

I think people really wanted to love it, much in the same way that their earlier albums affected us (for me it was Still Life, I assume Morningrise for you Statters? Blackwater Park was in a similar position but to a lesser degree, as I don't find it anywhere near as good as the two albums that preceded it). In a sense, it was somewhat overdue recognition that the band deserved, though not necessarily for Watershed (it feels like Scorcese winning the Oscar with The Departed when he has far more deserving films).

Even at the time of release, I thought the prog rock parts ('Burden' despite it's derivations, the first half of 'Hessian Peel' before it feels obligated to throw in some death metal) worked well and had much more care put into them then the hodge podge of 'Porcelain Heart' (which just feels like leftover parts, regardless of quality, thrown together - and that was the single?!). And it shows in retrospect as they went completely 'prog revival' on Heritage (which has a whole bunch of other faults, namely the lack of coherent arrangements and identity). 'Heir Apparent' works well as a doomy track, and the ideas in 'The Lotus Eater' I quite like.

Pale Communion was serviceable without being particularly noteworthy. Sorceress they seemed to finally find a niche for their current direction that utilised the tools at their disposal. If we're talking of bands that I became bored with, latter-day Enslaved would probably be a better option. It's perfectly serviceable, even great in places, but everything post-Vertebrae leaves me completely cold. I would definitely not be a good judge of those albums.

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The more I listen to this, the more I dig it. It has a much dreamier vibe than their original incarnation. It floats rather than bruises, even during the heavier section.

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I think people really wanted to love it, much in the same way that their earlier albums affected us (for me it was Still Life, I assume Morningrise for you Statters? Blackwater Park was in a similar position but to a lesser degree, as I don't find it anywhere near as good as the two albums that preceded it). In a sense, it was somewhat overdue recognition that the band deserved, though not necessarily for Watershed (it feels like Scorcese winning the Oscar with The Departed when he has far more deserving films)


Blackwater Park certainly sounded better, production wise, but I'm not sure if the songs were actually better. They started getting a lot more attention with that album though, especially from mags like Metal Hammer. I enjoyed Still Life in 1999, but I never went crazy over it like others did.

Morningrise was the first Opeth I bought and really listened to repeatedly, but I was familiar with Orchid and liked it a lot at the time.

I agree with you about the late praise, but that's kind of how I felt about all the love shown towards their 2003 releases and Ghost too. I know what you mean though. After Ghost they really became a pretty big and acclaimed band and Watershed was released at the peak of their popularity,


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I think Ghost Reveries was the best demonstration of them using all the tools in their kit, and it has really held up over time.

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I tried some Opeth albums over the years but don't remember much of those experiences. :lol:

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Production isn't the best, but the band sounds hungry on this live album. So much better than Loudness!


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I was very familiar with "Orchid" at the time of release as my younger brother picked it up & became obsessed with it. I always thought it was pretty decent but only started to give Opeth any real commitment when I picked up "Morningrise" on release. It was really solid but I don't think I ever truly "loved" an Opeth record until 2001's "Blackwater Park". "Deliverance" is actually my favourite & I also love "Watershed".

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Anthem - Absolute World

Not bad - this track in particular is pretty dope



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/\ /\ /\ I actually quite enjoyed that track, Colin. }:D

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I really wish Focus had more straight-ahead production like their demos.

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Lizzy Borden - "Love You To Pieces" (1985)

Los Angeles heavy metal with power metal elements. Kinda sounds like Iron Maiden vs early Queensryche.


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Frustrating band - when they're on, they're dead on though. This track fucking rips!


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Still my favourite Soundgarden release.

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Decided to stick with another album that really inspired me growing up.

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