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Category: Death Metal

Year: 2008

Label: Roadrunner Records

Catalog Number: RR 7962-1

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Opeth Watershed Album Cover

Mikael Akerfeldt vocals, guitar
Fredrik Akesson guitar
Per Wiberg keyboards, synthesizer
Martin Mendez bass guitar
Martin Axenrot drums

Nathalie Lorichs guest vocals on Coil
Lisa Almberg English horn, oboe
Christoffer Wadensten flute
Karin Svensson violin
Andreas Tengberg cello
1.  Coil  3:10
2.  Heir Apparent  8:50
3.  The Lotus Eater  8:50
4.  Burden  7:41
5.  Porcelain Heart  8:00
6.  Hessian Peel  11:25
7.  Hex Omega  7:02
8.  Derelict Herds  6:28
9.  Bridge of Sighs  5:55  Cover: Robin Trower
10.  Den Standiga Resan  4:09  Cover: Marie Fredriksson
Total Running Time:  71:30

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From: Doghouse Reilly Date: December 1, 2022 at 1:47
Watershed is the end of the old Opeth, their last album as a progressive death-metal band. There are still plentof ferrocious growls to be found on songs like "Heir Apparent" and "The Lotus Eater" and I think a couple others (the thing about Opeth at this point is that you get caught up in the songs and forget about counting growls). Mikael Akerfeldt's delivery on these songs is more desperate, almost frenzied in places, than we're used to hearing from him. But there are also several songs with entirely clean vocals, and even in the heavy songs, you can go for minutes at a stretch without hearing a roar. There's also a heavier keyboard presence than ever before, which only heightens that dark, elegiac, autumn/winter atmosphere that Opeth do so well. The disc actually begins with the arresting acoustic half-song "Coil," with its mournful dual vocals, before leading into the heaviest track, "Heir Apparent."

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: December 1, 2022 at 1:56
Some of the transitions within tracks aren't as seamless as they have been in the past, with the sudden, jazzy piano-and-drum break in "The Lotus Eater" standing out as particularly jarring and out of place, but rest of the song is aces. In fact, they all are, in their own way. I think the balance between death and prog was damn near perfect on Ghost Reveries, and while it's definitely tilting more toward prog on Watershed, I would have been totally happy if they had stuck close to this sound. Instead, they went full-bore into prog-rock. I fucking hated Heritage, and while later albums weren't as bad, that style is really not to my liking, and those albums are barely fit to sit on the same shelf as everything up through

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: December 1, 2022 at 1:57

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