Top 10 Opeth Songs

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The Top Ten

1 Ghost of Perdition

Took me less than ten seconds to love the song. The heavy guitar, the solo, the clean and heavy vocals, they all dominate!

This is by far Opeth's best song. It truly showcases their musicianship and synergistic songwriting, and exhibits perfectly the entire loud-soft spectrum. A solid prog-metal masterpiece.

Very good mix of cleans and growls. Also has nice variety of very powerful and nice and calm moments. A very dynamic song.

Masterpiece. - AdamDestructorJr.

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2 Blackwater Park

Perhaps no other song can rival the number of remember-worthy riffs packed in so small a time interval. How the song progresses with time is noteworthy with each riff bettering the previous one; the last two particularly being awesome.

Amazing band, amazing songs. Hard to pick one but this one is so dark and atmospheric. Heard it a million times, still not tired of it.

Opeth is one among my favourite bands.. This song is simply amazing and very dark indeed.. The intro, riffs and vocals are great..

Ghost of Perdition over this masterpiece? No.

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3 Burden

This song is untouchable when I first heard I almost cried... Its beautiful the piano solo great... Guitar solos pretty god like... And of course Mikael Akerfeldt is just simply made by the heavens

This song just reminds me why I'am in love with Opeth!

Vocals, pianos, guitars all come at ideal times. Such a perfect composition. Certainly the best of opeth..

As a fan of progrock and progmetal, this is the only song on this top 10 that's in my personal ditto. Where's "Elysian Woes"?!

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4 Black Rose Immortal

amazing mixture of soft and hard, slow and fast, clean and growled vocals, etc.
not to mention outstanding guitars

Great SONG. Really Long and well made. Opeth "The King Of The Metal"

This song really defines Opeth. They are a brilliant band, goes without saying. The basslines, the riffs, Mikeal's voice, the way it has been put together and the transitions! Just way up there with one of the best progressive death metal songs ever written.

Their masterpiece for sure. The harmonies are top-notch and the scream at the end is Mikael's all-time greatest moment. - EzzyEsbourne

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5 The Moor

I don't understand what this song is doing here it should be at the top with The Drapery Falls and Advent I think.

Great Variety!

Smooth intro, great acoustic riff and then the most epic transition to brutal vocals and the main riff...

This song competes with another for the top place in my humble opinion...

Best Opeth song to start off the best Opeth album in my opinion. Blackwater Park and Burden come in at a close 2nd and 3rd. But this is deffinetnly best.

This is my all time favorite song.

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6 The Drapery Falls

I don't understand what this song is doing at the 9th place, it really should be somewhere in the top! The guitar rifs are just amazing, the vocals trembling,... The whole concept is just great!

As Opeth gradually transitioned from death metal to prog rock, the two genres converged into one of the greatest masterpieces ever- the Blackwater Park album. If I had to pick one quintessential Opeth song, it would either be this or Blackwater Park. They're both perfectly representative of Opeth's proficiency at any musical task they put their minds to. This somber, haunting masterpiece of a song is just a perfect blend of clean vocals and acoustic guitar with heavier and more powerful metal that somehow retains the mournful, brooding quality of the softer sections.

I just absolutely love this song. The way it moves from death metal vocals and guitars that make you want to headbang to beautiful clean singing melodies that make you want to cry at how amazing it is. My favourite song from Blackwater Park and this definitely deserves to be in the top 3 Opeth songs. Opeth rules!

I prefer this one over the title track. It's close, but...yeah. - AdamDestructorJr.

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7 Deliverance

Opeth songs just feel like an adventure, the transitions, the changes in emotion just make them seem like an epic journey. Every song Michael has written is like that. Nothing but pure brilliance, genius and talent is needed to be able to pour that much feeling, emotion and story telling in to every sing he writes. For me (at least at the moment) this song showcases all this best. Listen to the whole thing and by the end you will not feel the same as you did before you started listening. Solos are excellent, and the riff in the middle where Michael sings cleanly is just Heavenly.

Nice evolution (slow and fast) all over the song Opeth rules!

Highly complex song. Akerfeldt's voice transitions are simply incredible. The drum solos are sick and the drumming solos are just enough to prove how technical Martin Lopez is!

CHOKING ON hold on one second - SoldierOfFortune

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8 Harlequin Forest

Amazing proggy song. WHY did I have to add this? It has some amazing riffs, not to mention brilliant singing. Also one of the best off of the Ghost Reveries album (one of my favourite Opeth albums). - GhostOfPerdition

The first 6 seconds are an incredible progression of guitar - vocals - drums - backing guitars - backing vocals. By the time the heavy parts kick in after 2 & a half minutes, you are already wrapped up and along for an incredible ride. The ending breakdown is the most amazing example of band timing I've ever heard. Start to finish, it is unbelievable.

Amazing variety. Amazing riffs. The end section of the acoustic interlude is awesome. Amazing drumming. Mikael's best vocal performance? Just superb. My favourite - but that always changes with Opeth right? I'm constantly discovering new things with repeat listens of this band.

Their acoustic sections on this album were something else. Wow. - AdamDestructorJr.

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9 Bleak

My favourite Opeth song (among many), first 3 minutes are wonderfully brutal death metal, before fading into a clean sing chorus. The guitars and vocals are amazing, with the jazzy solo section in the middle of the song (including an acoustic breakdown), before gradually fading back to the brutal metal side of the song for the finish.

Amazing song whitch just gets better and better and reaching it's zenith with a fantastic sphearic episode. If this song could get better than that, then it would!

an awesome mix of growls and clean vocals... and really influencing lyrics...

Just In Love - Glauberson

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10 In My Time of Need

Amazing song. Very slow and smooth to start and its very enjoyable. Its very melodic like the King Crimson song "in the wake of poseidon" has that feel to it with the piano.

I love this song, Its different and original. Really touching, I love his voice. It's so unique and unlike anything I've ever heard.

Fell in love the second it began. Great song. Soft, slow and haunting. Amazing vocals, should be higher up in my opinion.

"Summer is miles and miles away, and no one would ask me to stay"
"And I should contemplate this change
to ease the pain"

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The Contenders

11 To Bid You Farewell

Wow, To Bid You Farewell isn't on the list? It's easily in my top 5 songs overall. - djh101

It should be in top 3... Ranking doesn't matter anyway best basslines ever m/

This should be in the top 5... That mid song solo simply gives me shivers!

Simply beautiful, and the Gilmouresque solo is one of my favorites off all time. This song really blends genres better than any other. Just sit back and let yourself get lost in the emotion this song evokes.

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12 Godhead's Lament

This has it all at Opeth's best - complex and inventive drumming, layers of shifting melody, guitars swinging from brutal riffs to delicate finger picking, Akerfeldt's trademark clean/growling vocals and a haunting storyline which ties the whole thing together with the rest of Still Life. Mesmerizing.

This is the song that got me hooked on Opeth - at the 3 minute mark when everything changes and becomes more dynamic. It was at that moment that I realized Opeth was more than just any death metal band. They're far more dynamic.

Best opeth song. hard to say by FAR, but it's got everything you need. soft vocals, hard vocals, and tells a story. great tune

Que puedo decir? junto con The moor, unas de las mejores canciones de metal de la historia!
Akerfeldt es un genio

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13 Demons of the Fall

This song is just amazing. I think it has some of the best heavy and soft moments out of all Opeth songs. Also, BWP (album) is overrated (I like it a lot, but still...). Burden is great, but it doesn't hold a special place for me when there are songs like Credence, To bid you farewell, In my time of need, and Isolation years to compete with it (other "clean" vocal songs. )

This is one of the best progressive death metal song out there. Surprised it isn't there in top ten.

This is the definitive Opeth song in their death metal phase. Absolutely terrifying performance.

It's quite astonishing for me to witness this sheer mind-numbing of a song at #14...The transitioning to demonic riffs precisely at 1:47 is goosebump-ing and the growling vocals sounded like as if they were coming straight from the throat of Devil... - Arhaan95

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14 Hessian Peel

This song is too awesome to be number 16. Despite that it's still my all time favourite by Opeth, it's one of those songs that really grows on you, Watershed like most of their albums should be listened to as a whole to really appreciate them.

The whole song is pure chills, first it starts off with that hair raising acoustic intro, then moves into the beautiful melodic part where mike sings "will the children cry" leading into the satanic message and eerie but beautiful section that follows. That epic riff afterwards and then the calm before the storm everything gets quieter and the keyboard comes in and starts getting more intense then... BAM "LIGHT COMES ONN" the song is brutal as hell for a minute before going into the intense but softer "lock the children away from harm" part then after abit goes back to the brutal riffs and finishes off with the keyboard.

Overall the song is very progressive, and has everything I love about Opeth combined into one song. It starts ...more

I don't begrudge Opeth for changing their direction. Don't get me wrong I liked Heritage and love Pale Communion but after the disaster of Sorceress I went back an revisited 'old' Opeth and one of my least favourite albums at the time - Watershed. Wow how I was wrong particularly about this song which is rapidly becoming my favourite. It really is what Opeth should be about - growls and clean vocals, brutal riffs and soft interludes, changes in timing and pace, as well as mesmerisingly dark vocals. The backwards lyrics in this song are genius.

I think this is one of the best metal songs of all time. The heavy section caught me by total surprise the first time, and that riff at 6:30 is incredible.

My first song of Opeth.
Dark with strong vocals and killing Guitar play

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15 Face of Melinda

The roundhouse tapes version is the best progressive metal song ever!

I can't believe this one is down here.. Definitely one of my favorite songs of ALL-TIME! Great deep lyrics, great intro.. It's just so perfect!

I listen to this song every night before sleeping, it's a masterpiece, a sample of heaven.
Especially the roundhouse tapes very melodic

The face of Melinda neath blackened hair...great song! One of their best...

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16 The Baying of the Hounds

EVERY WAKING HOUR.

I love the groovy bass lines on this album: especially in this song. A great balance of vocal styles and the epic journey that this song takes you on from beginning to end make this song my favorite of all time.

It's like every good thing of Opeth put into one song. I think Mikael saved all of his best riffs for this song.

11 minute epic. Epitome of Opeth's work. Killer riff's and vocals (clean and harsh). It grooves and dazzles in all the right places.

Opeth at their best.

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17 Harvest

God... What this song is doing here... It should be in top 10... What a vocal and guitar work... Mind refreshing song... Clean, soft, pue devine

Mikael! Hail The Metal God! Beautiful composition by the metal maestro

What?! This song should be in top ten it has a relaxing effect. And it's like a melody for death. I'm not even talking about vocals and guitar... Harvest gives me feels.

Harvest at this? it has just introduced me to opeth

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18 Windowpane

Windowpane is the best soft/clean vocal Opeth song. Burden is so overrated. Blackwater Park is my favorite, but Windowpane should definitely be higher!

Can't you hear the combination between the drums, the guitars, and of course Mikael's heavenly voice? This easily belongs to the top ten.

This song is a masterpiece. My favourite opeth song

Chilling clean guitar, amazing drums and heavenly vocals make this song a masterpiece.

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19 The Leper Affinity

This is the song you show people to get them into Opeth. Great jazzy riffing and progressive elements blended with death metal.

Maybe should be on the 4th place all the songs of blackwater park was madness... The best progressive metal of all time!

A great example of what Opeth is, harsh progressive death metal with soft acoustic parts.

So damn heavy and beautiful

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20 Porcelain Heart

This song is higher on my all-time songs list than it is on this list - danyul11

Why this is not in the list? Come on guys you can't be serious!

This is the song that made me feel Opeth was something different

Man, this is the best Opeth song!

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21 The Lotus Eater

By far the Opest song! No contest! The vocals are superb - Akerfeldt pulls off the death growls and clean singing flawlessly. It's memorable because even the heavy parts are catchy... And there's a proggy instrumental section that sounds like super mario bros! Truly an awesome song. If you're trying to decide which Opeth song to try, pick this one.

Best thing I like bout this song is the lyrics, such a sense of mystery in them. The Lotus Eater? I know that's something bout Greek mythology or whatever, where on a Greek island the inhabitants ate lotus flowers and flutes to forget about their troubles and worries and sleep... Awesome song as well. Particularly grew on me after seeing it live.

It is Opeth at their best, Their creativity in this song is brilliant, The riffs in this song reminds me of middle-eastern music, very artistic fusion.

This is the weirdest list ever. I only think two of the top 10 songs deserve to be up there whereas this song and Windowpane and Harvest and a few others are way tf down here!

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22 A Fair Judgement

There are many Opeth songs that grip me by the heart but this one... It just leaves me speechless and brings tears of pure and flawless musical experience. The guitar solo gives me goosebumps again and again even though I have heard it million times. It belongs to my top 5 songs of all time. Thank you, Mr.A. & col.

Probably the first song I heard by opeth,
A true masterpiece and its incredibly interesting and challenging for the ear, the clean vocals, guitar, drums and the guitar solo in the middle are just amazing, easily my top 3!

My first Opeth song as well. Definitely my favorite. You have to be an epic mastermind to create such an epic song. Top 25 songs of all time by any rcck band ever in my opinion!

23 April Ethereal

Shocked I had to add this. This is without a doubt the most powerful piece of music in the whole entire real of music. The way the lyrics and music flow together like a story, the way the atmosphere takes you to a different world, and the way each riff continues to get better until the God-like outro which is the pinnacle of music altogether... This is not only the greatest Opeth song, but the greatest song ever created.

It is simultaneously the most beautiful and angry song I've ever heard. An absolute masterpiece, it being this low on the list is just wrong in so many ways.

How is this not number 1? Best Opeth song ever and one of the greatest songs ever made.

One of the best songs.. with the best outro!

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24 Dirge for November

One of Opeth's simpler songs, I still get emotional every time I hear it. The chord progression starting at 1:44 is in my opinion, their absolute best.

This is just one of those songs by Opeth that seem to be really underrated. Everything in this song is on point. One of their best.

This should definitely be in the top 10. An often overlooked track that might just be one of Opeth's most brilliant pieces.

Brilliant song. Love the intro and outro

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25 Hope Leaves

Really surprised to see that I have to add it, should have already been in the list & ranked number 1 too... - Flash667

The feels In this song get me going.. Chills..

It's scary how relatable these lyrics are (to me at the very least) and the brilliant Instrumentation only adds to that relation.

"Gone through days without talking--there Is a comfort In silence.
So used to losing all ambition--struggling to maintain what's left..."

*As I lay on my bed under the spell of a catatonic state, tears start to run down my face, to my neck, and chills paralyze my spine.*

This one may well be the best song ever created. Will stay with you until you die. Its also the most underrated song of the century.

Can't understand why this masterpiece is so bloody low on this list

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26 Moonlapse Vertigo

Quite possible the best song ever written, by opeth or anyone. Epic sweeping trekking across a mountian intro, beautiful verse to intense transition to prechorus to insane chorus to funky breakdown to mind blowing solo to face melting bridge to quite possible the most beautiful opeth outro riff ever created. A little more formulated as far as opeth is concerned but in every other reguard more than adequately displays all the awesomeness that is opeth, no joke incredible I can only assume it isn't top 10 cause it came out before blackwater park please do yourself a favor and listen to it

How is this song the lowest ranked on still life? I would vote it the best on the album and top 5 overall - noahc98

If I could only take one Opeth song with me to the grave, it would be this one.

The guitar intro is breathtaking, 11/109

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27 The Grand Conjuration

Catchy opening followed by a memorable riff that has one reminiscing a similar tune (in vocals) from the song 'Porcelain Heart'. Between an eerie background suited with Mikael's clean vocals and strong riffs matched with death metal growls, the contrasts are eagerly anticipated and thoroughly enjoyed.

My favorite Opeth song. The lyrics, the growls, the clean vocals, and he instrumentals all go together real well to create a dark/eerie atmosphere for the story it tells.

I'm shocked that this is so low. I thought this was one of their most famous songs. Also where the hell is slither off this list. Slither was the only good song off of heritage.

Creates a great feeling of hopelessness and chaos. Definitely one of their best. - AdamDestructorJr.

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28 The Night and the Silent Water

amazing tune.. one of the best opeth tunes in my opinion.. - theapostleintriumph

Incredible atmosphere. Have never heard anything else like this yet, besides other Opeth stuff.

This song equals the class of BlackWater park! Do people really don't understand music anymore?

Awesome riffs, nice tune, perfect growling!

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29 Serenity Painted Death

I think the reason that all the Still Life songs are too low is that the entire album is so good that the fans have many favorites to choose from. It is my favorite Opeth album. This is the song on the album I look forward to the most, as it follows Face of Melinda so perfectly.

Amazing melodies, really defines progressive death metal as a serious genre. Influenced so many other bands.

Probably my favorite from Still Life along with The Moor and Moonlapse Vertigo. For me, this is one of the definitive Opeth songs, with amazing riffs, excellent variety and piercing vocals. I just wished they played live more often.

30 In the Mist She Was Standing

This was the first Opeth song I have ever heard, and I was instantly hooked. I was one who used to listen to baroque/classical/romantic music exclusively... But the technical nature and attention to detail in this song instantly made me fall in love.

To be honest I was bored when I first listened this song. When it came to the outro my mind just blew. So I decided to listen this song again. The transitions between riffs are amazing.

This song sound very natural and has a great atmosphere, by far my favourite Opeth song, also the growls are very unique here

The outro is the best opeth moments in my opinion! And the rest is cool, the little solo at 4min and that intro...
Just perfect

31 Master's Apprentices

Master's is my first opeth song I'd listened to. I remember when I heard it, I had to go straight to my guitar and look up the tabs to the song. One of my all time favorite Metal songs.

For me one of the bests opeth song with an amazing dark part that collide in a giant soft pillow...

Master's Apprentices in the greatest song in the Deliverance Record, Great Beggining and Ending... I love Opeth and this is one of my favourite tunes.

I Lie In Wait - Glauberson

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32 Forest of October

Love it from start to finish from the excellent first 58 seconds and after that it gets real

The best song from orchid.. probably the best lyrics mikael has ever written.. the song has an epic atmosphere with amazing vocals and guitars. and an excellent solo.. amazing progressive black/death metal

33 Folklore

This one should be in the top 5 songs :/

I'm so shamed that this song is so low on the list. These softer songs by opeth need more recognition!

West scales that touch your ear

Great song.

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34 To Rid the Disease

Guys, listen to this song, it's very relaxing, by far not the best song by Opeth, but definitely worth mentioning! I voted for this to get it a little higher.

How come this song is not in the top ten? It is one of the best opeth songs. Especially the piano part which comes in the last is simply fantastic and the guitar riffs that follow blend together perfectly. This song is surely underrated.

What is this doing here?! Should be in top 15!

Best
At the top
Nomber one
Good harmony
Fascinating

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35 Death Whispered a Lullaby

Please don't judge a band when they do something good... judge them when they do something they normally don't

awesome

36 Advent

Surprised to see Advent so far at the bottom of the list. It's my one of the most favorite songs of Opeth. It has brilliant mixture of acoustic and electric guitars. Bass is totally out of this world!

No advent? What happening here?
The distortion guitar part after the first acoustic part
It's awesome.. All the way to the top!

The incredibly strong roots, from which the majority of brilliance sprouted!

One of their greatest songs with great drum work, awesome riffs and a powerful, blackened feel.

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37 Cusp of Eternity

Best song especially live

Hey you can rock like
Rock fan!

38 Faith In Others

A great piece will clean guitars and amazing synth. Has a great melody attached to it. This album has shown the best melodious works by opeth till now!

A great new song from their brand new album Pale Communion. Best work till date by Mikael as vocalist. Opeth forever!

My favorite song from Pale Communion, a masterpiece to complete a very beautifully crafted album entirety.

It worth to listen

39 Voice of Treason

Great atmospheric song from Pale Communion with a somewhat theatrical feel to it, all of what makes Opeth great shines through, in particular Mikael's vocals near the end! - petrucci75hammet

Last song of the album
Best song of the album
Mikael just yelling!

40 Isolation Years

Oh my god the overbearing sadness in this song?! What people this should definitely be in top 10.

This is great!... Surprised it's so low on the rankings... Hope they all vote... Thank Yo

This song is a masterpiece...

Absolute melancholic beauty.

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41 The Devil's Orchard

It may be their newest song but it's not terrible - someguy12345

Should be much higher! I love where opeth is going with their new stuff

This is not their best song, but it should be a little hiegher

God is Dead

42 Heir Apparent

The Power of a new Opeth lineup is here... Maybe the most powerful and evil opeth song ever... A masterpiece!

Without doubt my favorite Opeth song, powerful, emotional and quite simply evil, genius

A song this good being at 41st position shows how great opeth is..!

Just great

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43 The Amen Corner

Where is this song? The highlight of "My Arms, Your Hearse"? I would place this somewhere next to "The Moor" or "Face of Melinda" on this list

44 The Twilight Is My Robe

The Black Metal influence is apparent in this song, and really adds to the atmosphere of the song. All 11 minutes never drag, a truly underrated masterpiece off an underrated album

A very underrated song by Opeth! So brutal, yet so calm, so full of ambiance, piece, harmony, and melody. Breathtaking.

Such an amazing song. I find my self zoned out thinking about it at work, at school, in bed!

45 Master's Apprentice

How come it's not on top? This song not only has epic bass guitars but awesome lyrics... Åkerfeldt did a fantabulous job! Music alone drives you crazy... Well I feel like listening to it again and again :D starting is thunderous! Guitars are just amazing! 10/10 my fave opeth song...

Indudablemente es la mejor canción de estas leyendas suecas del Progressive Death Metal y de todo lo que conocemos como metal en general. Opeth me devolvió la confianza en mi música, justo cuando Theriin empezaba a decaer. Sus mejores álbumes son: Deliverance, Blackwater Park y Damnation

46 Reverie / Harlequin Forest

There's something about this song that cannot be heard! A feeling of being hung in the middle of life and death, where the night is long and the sun is gone, forever!

What is up with people not paying attention and adding songs that are already in the least, this is literally in the number 10 spot right now - germshep24

Why is it here twice? - AdamDestructorJr.

47 Benighted

Just... Flawless... No words can describe the genius this song possesses... This, ladies and gentlemen, is concentrated beauty.

Have a listen of this song at night and then ask yourself why it is not the number one song...
I assure you, this will give you goosebumps...
There are plenty of songs that give me chills, but none like this...

Chills, every time, amazing guitar work, amazing vocals, amazing lyrics, simply flawless - chnapik

Man this song gives me chills every time I listen to it

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48 The Apostle in Triumph

I guess its not that popular because people only listen to the recent opeth albums but this song is legendary.. can't believe I had to add it.. - theapostleintriumph

My favorite Opeth song, from the folky intro to the final guitar solo, nothing less than sublime, needs to be much higher on the list

Amazing end solo.. One of the best Opeth solos I've heard..

Most underrated Opeth song ever..
1. The Apostle in Triumph
2. The Twilight Is My Robe

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49 The Lines in My Hand
50 Closure

Seriously, the ending of this song is brilliant

May not be their top song but seriously guys. This song a bloody masterpiece. Check it out really.

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