Opeth - Damnation


8.7 | 1682 votes |
Release date: 22 April 2003
Style: Progressive rock

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01. Windowpane
02. In My Time Of Need
03. Death Whispered A Lullaby
04. Closure
05. Hope Leaves
06. To Rid The Disease
07. Ending Credits
08. Weakness

Top 20 albums of 2003: 10
Top 200 albums of all time: 199

Line-up
Mikael Åkerfeldt - vocals, guitars
Peter Lindgren - guitars
Martin Lopez - drums, percussion
Martín Méndez - bass

Session musicians
Steven John Wilson - backing vocals, mellotron, Grand piano, Fender Rhodes

Additional info
Recorded at Nacksving Studios and Studio Fredman.
Additional vocals, lead guitars and keyboards recorded at Steven Wilson's No-Man's Land studios.

Produced by Steven Wilson with Opeth.
Engineered by Opeth and Steven Wilson.
Mixed and mastered by Steven Wilson.
Music and lyrics by Mikael Åkerfeldt. Death Whispered a Lullaby lyrics by Steven Wilson.

Sleeve and booklet designed by Travis Smith, visual direction by Opeth.
Visual elements captured by Ken Seaney, Rex Zachary and Travis Smith.
Band photography by Mick Hutson.

Guest review by
JohnDunphy
Rating:
9.0
Opeth is not something one can easily absorb in one listen. The band's music is complex, even when sounding as seemingly simple as it does on their latest release, Damnation, due to hit the streets on April 22. But those hearty enough to give it a chance are sure to be amply rewarded.

Damnation is the Swedish four-piece's follow up to last fall's Deliverance. The two albums were recorded simultaneously, in a span of time the band would usually allot for one release. However, any fears of a rush job at the expense of quality are hushed when one sits down to listen.

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published 18.09.2003 | Comments (35)

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11.03.2011 - 05:40
Introspekrieg
Totemic Lust
Heard a song from this album on a TV Show, checked the online credits:
http://www.tvshowsongs.com/criminalmindsmusicseason1.html
Season 1 - Ep. 22 - "The Fisher King - Part 1"

Song : Death Whispered a Lullabye
Artist : Disturbed

WHAT?!
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11.03.2011 - 06:36
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Written by Introspekrieg on 11.03.2011 at 05:40

Song : Death Whispered a Lullabye
Artist : Disturbed

[Draiman]Nya-huh huh[/laugh]!
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Prettier than BloodTears.
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27.07.2011 - 19:00
Rating: 9
aerobat97
I was surprised how different this album was from most Opeth albums, as all the songs were slow-tempo and there weren't any screams or grunts. But nonetheless, this was still a great album. 9 stars.
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25.09.2011 - 18:12
Rating: 10
musicalkaratekid
Powerful album opener and closer(Windowpane and weakness),i normally listen to this just to clear my head. Awesome work.
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14.01.2012 - 18:50
Rating: 9
Leodrak
Written by aerobat97 on 27.07.2011 at 19:00

I was surprised how different this album was from most Opeth albums, as all the songs were slow-tempo and there weren't any screams or grunts. But nonetheless, this was still a great album. 9 stars.


Man, the reason is Steven Wilson ^^
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01.03.2012 - 20:58
Rating: 10
Pelagial
So perfect combo with Deliverance
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04.03.2012 - 21:33
Korah
So beautilful. Special mention to Closure.
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Don't cry for my English
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10.06.2012 - 01:36
Rating: 9
Dentura
Shadow King
Being a huge prog rock nerd, I fell in love with this amazing album upon first listen. Windowpane is one of the greatest songs ever, I love listening to this song when I'm on a nice long road trip staring out my window (no pun intended).
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...And so death to the falsity of thy former rulers. Thy kingdom of "heaven" burns in a field of fire, and Dentura is the one true God thou must yield thy hearts and souls to in absolute submission. It is his ultimate decree and will unto thee..
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09.07.2012 - 19:44
John Shock
This album is close enough to perfection! Every note, every tone of voice...it's just amazing! Such a nice epic! And it's a lovely one indeed! I love it a lot! Specially "Hope Leaves", "In My Time Of Need" and "To Rid The Disease"!
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16.11.2012 - 20:30
Rating: 8
Erik M.
Very good album, though there isn't much variety to be found with all songs having the same style. Unfortunately it's my least favourite album except for Heritage, simply because I'm not overly fond of its style. Windowpane is the best track for sure, it's simply brilliant.
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23.12.2012 - 12:38
Rating: 9
Jaeryd
Desert Mouse
Closure is definitely my favorite song on this album. It's also the first song I've ever heard from Opeth, and it's what got me listening to the rest of their material. The abrupt ending is awesome, and what it represents is equally awesome. Sometimes you lose things or people close to you. Sometimes it's hard to recover from the shock of a sudden loss.

Sometimes you just don't get closure.
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"It is not your sin—it is your self-satisfaction that crieth unto heaven; your very sparingness in sin crieth unto heaven!

Where is the lightning to lick you with its tongue? Where is the frenzy with which ye should be inoculated?"

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28.12.2012 - 01:57
megadeath13
Account deleted
Damnation is more a progressive rock than metal album, but its still Opeth. The songs are beautiful as always!:bow:
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17.04.2014 - 19:53
Rating: 7
telephonebear
Some people will always have a problem with this album. IMO clean parts have always been a very big and very important part of opeth's sound and dedicating a whole album to let this side of them develop fully is a good thing. If its not your cup of tea they have plenty of heavier albums but i think its nice to have such a varied discography. At the end of the day even if it isnt a "true opeth album" its still a very good album.
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22.08.2014 - 06:14
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
I like the dark atmosphere on this album. Akerfeldt's clean vocals sound much better when they're restrained in that lower and softer style. He should stick to that, because it really works for him given the depth of his voice. Unfortunately he likes to try out his range and that's where it becomes a challenge for me to keep listening.

The music is nice though, although not because it's more extreme. This is a really mellow and subdued album, but it's a sound they pull off well. It reminds me at times of Green Carnation's Acoustic Verses, and that's not a bad thing.
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Prettier than BloodTears.
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19.03.2015 - 22:36
Rating: 7
Bad English
Masterchief
Written by Troy Killjoy on 22.08.2014 at 06:14

I like the dark atmosphere on this album. Akerfeldt's clean vocals sound much better when they're restrained in that lower and softer style.


I agree whit that part
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Life is to short for LOVE, there is many great things to do online !!!

Stormtroopers of Death - ''Speak English or Die''

I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
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19.03.2015 - 22:38
Rating: 7
Bad English
Masterchief
What was people reation back then when it was out? Bands last 2 albums most fans was fade up and disappointed
how was then?

I enjoy it a lot --- Window pain, In My Time Of Need are great songs, Åkerfeld's clean vocals are great, emotions and so on, it works, he should re cord something whit clean vox and same extreme prog sound as in first two albums, it would be great.
I like this album, my 3th fav from this band , I don't care what fan boys and fan girls say, good album , I enjoy it
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Life is to short for LOVE, there is many great things to do online !!!

Stormtroopers of Death - ''Speak English or Die''

I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
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28.10.2015 - 13:41
Rating: 9
Dima
A solo 60 seconds into the album what is this nonsense?! Opeth fans must have been in a state of rapture during this period. Three high quality albums in a span of two years. This one has a ghostly, sombre beauty that envelops you in its misty haze. Windowpane is such a perfect driving song and closure is one of the more unique songs I've heard.
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05.07.2016 - 15:39
Rating: 10
Magdalena Lee
Written by Dima on 28.10.2015 at 13:41

A solo 60 seconds into the album what is this nonsense?! Opeth fans must have been in a state of rapture during this period. Three high quality albums in a span of two years. This one has a ghostly, sombre beauty that envelops you in its misty haze. Windowpane is such a perfect driving song and closure is one of the more unique songs I've heard.


Cannot agree more! Such beauty in this album. If only Opeth could stay with this path.
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