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My ranking of all Opeth's studio albums. I included ratings as well as the best songs (my personal favourites) of each album.

Here are links to the full albums (Grooveshark):
1. Opeth - Blackwater Park
2. Opeth - Morningrise
3. Opeth - Still Life
4. Opeth - Ghost Reveries
5. Opeth - Orchid
6. Opeth - My Arms, Your Hearse
7. Opeth - Deliverance
8. Opeth - Watershed
9. Opeth - Damnation
10. Opeth - Pale Communion
11. Opeth - Heritage

Created by: Erik M. | 09.11.2012



1. Opeth - Blackwater Park
2001 / Rating: 10 / Best songs: Bleak, The Drapery Falls, The Funeral Portrait.
2. Opeth - Morningrise
1996 / Rating: 10 / Best songs: Advent, Nectar, Black Rose Immortal.
3. Opeth - Still Life
1999 / Rating: 9.5 / Best songs: The Moor, Moonlapse Vertigo, Serenity Painted Death.
4. Opeth - Ghost Reveries
2005 / Rating: 9.5 / Best songs: Ghost Of Perdition, Beneath The Mire, Reverie/Harlequin Forest.
5. Opeth - Orchid
1995 / Rating: 9.5 / Best songs: In Mist She Was Standing, Forest Of October, The Apostle In Triumph.
6. Opeth - My Arms, Your Hearse
1998 / Rating: 9 / Best songs: April Ethereal, When, Karma.
7. Opeth - Deliverance
2002 / Rating: 9 / Best songs: Wreath, Deliverance, Master's Apprentices.
8. Opeth - Watershed
2008 / Rating: 8.5 / Best songs: Heir Apparent, Hessian Peel, Hex Omega.
9. Opeth - Damnation
2003 / Rating: 8 / Best songs: Windowpane, Closure, To Rid The Disease.
10. Opeth - Pale Communion
2014 / Rating: 7 / Best songs: Cusp Of Eternity, Elysian Woes, Faith In Others.
11. Opeth - Heritage
2011 / Rating: 6 / Best songs: The Devil's Orchard, Häxprocess, Folklore.



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Erik M. - 17.03.2014 at 18:28  
Written by Guest on 17.03.2014 at 18:20

'Bleak' is Imo the most diverse and most musically pleasing Opeth song, It's my favorite Opeth song. About the song 'Blackwater Park', the song up until 6:00 is PERFECT, it's like a fucking euphoria, but after that It's a shitfest of uninteresting riffs and overused riffs, also the vocals suck in that half while in the first they are spot on and don't tire your ears.

By the way, what are your thoughts on 'Bleak' ? I never see anyone saying it's their favorite song from that album..


Disagree about Blackwater Park, the song is great. As I said, I only dislike the lack of clean vocals. Only growls is boring for Opeth, just like only clean vocals is boring as well (as many songs on Heritage show, but that's not Heritage's only problem).

Bleak is my favourite song on the album after The Drapery Falls, indeed a brilliant and haunting song with insane atmosphere. Let's just say both of those songs are my favourites on the album. Btw, as I said before (in these comments), Still Life would've been my favourite album if it wasn't for two relatively boring songs (you know which ones I'm talking about, it's pretty obvious) that are on the album.
telephonebear - 14.04.2014 at 20:56  
Totally agree with your top two, not seen many people rate morningrise that high-a lot of people seem to hate it. I guess it's their love or hate album.
Erik M. - 15.04.2014 at 20:17  
Written by telephonebear on 14.04.2014 at 20:56

Totally agree with your top two, not seen many people rate morningrise that high-a lot of people seem to hate it. I guess it's their love or hate album.


You agree with only my top 2?

Morningrise is definitely a masterpiece. As I've said more than once, I regard it basically as an improved Orchid, seeing as those two albums have a very similar style. But actually I never heard a lot of people hating/disliking that album. Ghost Reveries seems to be much more of love/hate kind of album. Opinions are way more divided in case of that one, I think.
telephonebear - 15.04.2014 at 21:00  
Written by Erik M. on 15.04.2014 at 20:17

Written by telephonebear on 14.04.2014 at 20:56

Totally agree with your top two, not seen many people rate morningrise that high-a lot of people seem to hate it. I guess it's their love or hate album.


You agree with only my top 2?

Morningrise is definitely a masterpiece. As I've said more than once, I regard it basically as an improved Orchid, seeing as those two albums have a very similar style. But actually I never heard a lot of people hating/disliking that album. Ghost Reveries seems to be much more of love/hate kind of album. Opinions are way more divided in case of that one, I think.


i agree with more than the top two, but i commented on them specifically as i was to talk about morningrise. maybe the reviews ive seen have been the rare examples of people against it. maybe they just hate opeth in general as a lot of people really dont like them.
Dima - 09.08.2014 at 17:13  
Mine's pretty different ^.^

1. Opeth - Still Life
2. Opeth - Watershed
3. Opeth - Blackwater Park
4. Opeth - My Arms your Hearse
5. Opeth - Damnation/Ghost Reveries
6. Opeth - Ghost Reveries/Damnation
7. Opeth - Deliverance
8. Opeth - Morningrise
9. Opeth - Orchid
10. Opeth - Pale Communion
11. Opeth - Heritage
LeKiwi - 20.08.2014 at 10:10  
You must have some emotional attachment to Orchid and Morningrise because the clean vocals and distorted guitar riffs sound amateur. The only great track out of both those albums is "To Bid You Farewell"...
Erik M. - 25.08.2014 at 21:30  
Written by Dima on 09.08.2014 at 17:13

Mine's pretty different ^.^

1. Opeth - Still Life
2. Opeth - Watershed
3. Opeth - Blackwater Park
4. Opeth - My Arms your Hearse
5. Opeth - Damnation/Ghost Reveries
6. Opeth - Ghost Reveries/Damnation
7. Opeth - Deliverance
8. Opeth - Morningrise
9. Opeth - Orchid
10. Opeth - Pale Communion
11. Opeth - Heritage


Well, at least the bottom 2 is the same as my bottom 2. Which is where they belong.

I can see why people like Orchid less. It's less consistent and the production isn't that good, but I still think all the songs are awesome. Morningrise is style-wise similar to Orchid, but better on all fronts, I'd say. Rarely have I seen someone rank Orchid above Morningrise, which to me makes sense (to not rank it above Orchid, that is).

As I said multiple times already: Still Life would be #1 for me if it didn't have Benighted and Face of Melinda. Now don't think I only enjoy the heavier tracks, but I just like those (especially Benighted) much less than the other tracks on the album. Those are all brilliant. In the end almost everyone will have a different ranking of Opeth albums. You would say that it's logical, but in case of some bands there's a clear general consensus as to what the best to worst ranking looks like (roughly). It does definitely have something to do with the fact that everything Opeth did up until 2005 (in my opinion) was brilliant.
Erik M. - 25.08.2014 at 21:37  
Written by LeKiwi on 20.08.2014 at 10:10

You must have some emotional attachment to Orchid and Morningrise because the clean vocals and distorted guitar riffs sound amateur. The only great track out of both those albums is "To Bid You Farewell"...


Thanks for letting me and many others know those albums aren't actually totally amazing. I thought all the tracks were great, but you made me realize the only great track is To Bid You Farewell...

Seriously though, if the only great track on both albums is To Bid You Farewell, then why have you rated both albums a 7? Pretty high rating for someone who only thinks 1 out of 12-14 tracks is great. Also, you kind of contradict yourself here by saying the following about Orchid:

Written by LeKiwi on 16.10.2013 at 13:18

Listening to this again and it's not how I remember it at all. It seems far more progressive than my initial impression led me to believe...good stuff


Anyway, Morningrise is highly consistent I'd say. All tracks are about equally good. Orchid is less consistent (and doesn't have a good production), but the long, epic tracks make up for that. Lots of variety to be found on there and the atmosphere they created is amazing. Overall a highly enjoyable album and a great debut album without a doubt.
LeKiwi - 25.08.2014 at 22:17  
Written by Erik M. on 25.08.2014 at 21:37

Thanks for letting me and many others know those albums aren't actually totally amazing. I thought all the tracks were great, but you made me realize the only great track is To Bid You Farewell...

Seriously though, if the only great track on both albums is To Bid You Farewell, then why have you rated both albums a 7? Pretty high rating for someone who only thinks 1 out of 12-14 tracks is great. Also, you kind of contradict yourself here by saying the following about Orchid:

Written by LeKiwi on 16.10.2013 at 13:18

Listening to this again and it's not how I remember it at all. It seems far more progressive than my initial impression led me to believe...good stuff



In that context, great implies that something is worthy of a 9 or higher. It's pretty simple, allow me to explain: the acoustic passages from both albums are fantastic while the attempts at extreme prog riffing fell short. I can further explain the minute details which guided my rating, but for you to be overtly interested in that would be...worrying On average I believe both are worthy of a 7, especially considering their innovative nature. Where in my quote concerning Orchid is said contradiction? As far as I'm aware, a rating of 7 is synonymous with "good" on this website, is it not?
Erik M. - 25.08.2014 at 22:54  
Written by LeKiwi on 25.08.2014 at 22:17

In that context, great implies that something is worthy of a 9 or higher. It's pretty simple, allow me to explain: the acoustic passages from both albums are fantastic while the attempts at extreme prog riffing fell short. I can further explain the minute details which guided my rating, but for you to be overtly interested in that would be...worrying On average I believe both are worthy of a 7, especially considering their innovative nature. Where in my quote concerning Orchid is said contradiction? As far as I'm aware, a rating of 7 is synonymous with "good" on this website, is it not?


For me "great" equals an 8, not a 9. A 9 would be excellent/amazing, while a 10 is brilliant/masterpiece. Of course those are my own definitions, so I don't expect everyone to use the same rating system. And yes, a 7 is indeed equal to "good", which makes me wonder what you would call an 8 since "very good" and "great" have almost the same meaning (to me, at least).

It surprises especially that you're not very fond of Morningrise. To me it's a masterpiece without a doubt.
LeKiwi - 26.08.2014 at 02:56  
Written by Erik M. on 25.08.2014 at 22:54

For me "great" equals an 8, not a 9. A 9 would be excellent/amazing, while a 10 is brilliant/masterpiece. Of course those are my own definitions, so I don't expect everyone to use the same rating system. And yes, a 7 is indeed equal to "good", which makes me wonder what you would call an 8 since "very good" and "great" have almost the same meaning (to me, at least).

It surprises especially that you're not very fond of Morningrise. To me it's a masterpiece without a doubt.

I suppose you're right, great would correlate with a 8 rather than a 9. I was simply complementing the track without thinking too much. As much as I tried to enjoy that album, the cleans and distorted riffs put me off

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