Re-release of the seventh full-length album by the cult Swedish Progressive Rock/Metal band.
Opeth's first Progressive Rock album, which lacks the Death Metal overdubs and Extreme Metal influences. This album was supposed to be released together with "Deliverance", but Music For Nations decided to delay "Damnation" for a couple of months.
"Damnation", breaks away from the rest of their albums and is a completely mellow album. Akerfeldt describes this album as "a way to get in touch with the music of the '70s that influences my writing, even my heavier music, but this gets me closer to it than ever before." The softer side shown on this album is different from previous mellow parts that have been recording, Akerfeldt has let go of the need to be insanely technical as with past acoustic passages, and by no means is this a bad thing. This album is, quite frankly, beautiful. The guitar work is intricate, the bass provides steady rhythm to the delicate nature of the guitar and Martin Lopez' percussion is absolutely astounding. His drumming switches from playing with passion and feeling, to playing with power and an out pouring of emotion. The guitars sound awesome, and it should be noted this is not an entirely acoustic album, alot of the riffs are played with electric and most songs are more or less a 50/50 use of clean electric guitar and acoustic, both 6 and 12 string, with the 12 string creating some very exotic sounding lead acoustic work. Having said that the album is soft, mellow, beautiful and fragile, does not make this album less evil. "Death Whispered A Lullaby" and "To Rid The Disease" are evil tracks lyrically and sound comparatively darker than the rest of the album.
Standard Opeth albums range from 5 to 8 tracks and are all about 60-70 minutes each. Yet on this album, it doesn't even reach 45 minutes.
This album has universal appeal in Metal (Death, Black, Heavy or otherwise). This album can appeal to anyone and recommend to Metal fans, and anyone interested in skilled musicianship, beautiful lyrics and vocals, and powerful, emotive music in general!!
Music For Nations/Sony Music Entertainment UK Ltd., 2003/2006 (82876 82911 2). Made in Germany.
1. Windowpane 7:44
2. In My Time Of Need 5:49
3. Death Whispered A Lullaby 5:49
4. Closure 5:15
5. Hope Leaves 4:30
6. To Rid The Disease 6:21
7. Ending Credits 3:39
8. Weakness 4:08
Total playing time: 43:15