Opeth - Lamentations review


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Band: Opeth
Album: Lamentations
Release date: November 2003

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. Harvest
09. Weakness
10. Master's Apprentices
11. The Drapery Falls
12. Deliverance
13. The Leper Affinity
14. A Fair Judgement
+ Making Of 'Deliverance' And 'Damnation'

This DVD was recorded during a show of the Damnation Tour in London. Two parts here: the most interesting, the reason why you already have it, is the concert. The second part is the making of Opeth's last two albums. As the important part is the show, I'll go quickly on the bonus.

The making of allows us to enter the writing and recording process of Deliverance and Damnation, and to see the studio life of this band. Every part of the recording of the albums is explained by the musicians, who also think back about the band's debuts. It is indeed really interesting to hear about the beginning of Opeth, with some anecdotes that desanctify these guys who look like unreachable geniuses... I guess a new sparkle of hope will light the ears of songwriters around the world when they will know that Akerfeldt's first metal song was called 'I hate Hiphop'. Everybody has to start somewhere... Something cool on these bonuses is the writing process with Akerfeldt and Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree: this is the living proof that two geniuses and great musicians can work together without ego problems...
Actually the interest of this making of is to show four good and intelligent musicians who know exactly what they want and what they have to do to get it.

The concert part is concentrated on the last album Damnation. The whole album is played (eight songs of Damnation out of the first nine) by a square and very professional band. They don't seem ill at ease, on the contrary Mikael Akerfeldt is smiling all along, chatting with the crowd, far from the shyness they usually show. Even if the first part of the show is only acoustic, the audience shows its interest, and the band does its utmost to avoid boredom, like the breathtaking 'In My Time Of Need' played with deep and stunning emotion or the metal jam at the end of 'Closure' that would break the neck of the most experienced headbanger of the world. 'Harvest' is as perfect as always, while 'Weakness', a track that doesn't seem fit for the scene, is eventually not as boring as I feared. The second part of the show is more metal, with tracks from Blackwater Park and Deliverance only. Once again, there is nothing to reproach to these guys, they know their job... And I can't tell which one of the acoustic or the metal part is the best.

The sound of the show is worthy of the best live albums, the songs are as perfect as on album, there is no problem with any instrument, you recognize a clean guitar out of an electric riff... As I said, just perfect. The only reproach that I can think about while watching the show is this one: guys, for your next DVD, please choose another head cameraman... It looks like this one had gone out for a cigarette or a coffee during the concert, and that gives way to some aberrations. Example: when there is a guitar solo, there is no point in filming the crowd or the drummer; when Mikael Akerfeldt starts growling, the camera seems all of a sudden very interested in Martin Mendez's bassplaying, as if afraid of the singer... This is very irritating, and is enough to avoid the maximal rating to this DVD which is, on any other point, in my opinion perfect. But this is a minor flaw that must not spoil your pleasure to watch 'Lamentations'.

Written by Deadsoulman | 06.01.2004


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Opeth are one of those bands, who evoke intense sense of aesthetic beauty and splendor inside my mind. From their bizarre album arts to their fantastic musical and lyrical portrayal of the human consciousness, everything about Opeth for me is mysterious, dark and beautiful all at the same time. A blend of incredible moments of tender beauty and overwhelming moments of ferocious brutality, taste of their unique brand of extreme metal is an awe-inspiring and psychedelic experience. The "Lamentations - live at Shepherd's Bush Empire 2003" DVD is just another testimony of Opeth being arguably the greatest metal act to come out from the Scandinavia.

published 06.08.2009 | Comments (6)


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14.01.2007 - 01:13
Its a great dvd yes. They are almost flawless and the sound is pretty good. Very enjoyable show. The extra parts are also interesting.
I do agree with the head cameraman thing, it was quite irritating at times.
Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29

Like you could kiss my ass.
23.01.2007 - 02:05
If the song Harvest were part of the Damnation, that album would be perfect. They had to wait until Damnation to release that song in there, I'm not saying that it shouldn't be in Blackwater Park, but it would have been great (imo).
And sometimes I despair
At who I've become
I have to come to terms
With what I've done
11.02.2007 - 16:35
Account deleted
Closure is different on this dvd. Every Opeth fans have to listen the Lamentations version of Closure..
01.06.2007 - 21:43
As far as I consider "Opeth",in the middle of the Metal scene, presenting the Planet Earth among the Solar System...
(In other word, to be the most human metal band), I've illustrated my point by the successive watching of their Lamentations DVD, considering it as the Best DvD I've never watched... just before "Testament" live in London, and "Death" live in L.A.
-Lamentation held the whole "Damnation" Album, which is for me a very deep one that those whose ears is always flowing on the surface can never hear...
-The heavy half was started by "Master's apprentice" which is like a national hymn of the empire of Opeth
-Deliverance, though it was delicate and technical, the band speeded it to x 1,5...
-The music streams like it's only one track
-Mickael performances in guitar playing while singing and growling are amazing and very respectable.
-Keyboards additional presence is no more additional, it's somehow the ephrodite spirit haunting their music.
-Lopez (unfortunately left the band) is a beast on drums, he's one of my favorate sticks holders with Drerek Roddy.
-Mendez assisted his very progressive and speedy lines succesfully..
--->What lacked was just the absence of tracks of the old beautiful time of Orchid or Still life, I hoped they finished the psych first part with "To bid you farewell" or "Advent"....
-The DVD held a very green "Earthy" themes and colors, It seemed to me like the depths of my inner self...
Lamentations is a spiritual Traumatism, at least for me. and I congratulate myself for this diamond that changes its colors as I change...
08.11.2007 - 01:34
is this available in cd format as well as dvd. I notice that i tunes has it for sale as audio only. I have the dvd.
07.12.2007 - 00:54
The Sasquatch
I hated how they divided the concert in two parts, because honestly I do like some of their slow songs, but when you hear of 7 those eight minutes long slow songs in a row you basically fall asleep before the heavy part even starts.... would been nice if they mixed things up a little
26.03.2008 - 01:55
I love this DVD. Some of the angles are a bit annoying but they play great.

After watching the DVD a few times, I grow tired of the first set, but the heavier set still blows me away.

I love the documentary as well.
Life is a waste of time.... time is a waste of life.
26.03.2008 - 13:00
Mr. Doctor
Written by Nazeef on 01.06.2007 at 21:43

-Lopez (unfortunately left the band) is a beast on drums

Jeje yeah... I really loved his perfoncance specially in Still Life...

Written by 4look4rd on 07.12.2007 at 00:54

I hated how they divided the concert in two parts, because honestly I do like some of their slow songs, but when you hear of 7 those eight minutes long slow songs in a row you basically fall asleep before the heavy part even starts.... would been nice if they mixed things up a little

I agree on that... the soft part is not bad... but I would mix it if I could.
and some songs are missing IMO... some of the Morningrise, Still Life and My arms...
Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
27.06.2008 - 04:04
you forgot to mention the Akerfeldt Nostril Cam. we really don't need to be able to count his nose hairs and eye lashes, camera mane.
I will not reason and compare, my business is to create.
25.12.2008 - 01:42
Mr. Doctor
Well I finally could see the entire DVD [it was a present to my sister] and It's really awesome, the slow part of the dvd was really good but at times I really wanted to hear soemthing heavy but O well.

Mikael's attitude was really nice to see, he is a great guy. The heavy part was just "wooooooooooow" I just loved it. And it was THE show for Martin Lopez IMO... He just showed me why he is one of my favorite drummers ever.

The funny thing is that my mom was with me and my sis when we were watching the first half of the DVD and she liked it. When the heavier one started she wa slike "wow, and he has that voice too, amazing... I like it!"

And my sis and I were "WTF?! Our mother just said that she liked it? OMFG.... We love you mom, welcome to our world!!!"

I find it funny that my mom couldn't believe that people could sing like that... She thought it was just an effect on the microphone.
Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.

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