Top 10 Opeth Albums

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The top 10 Opeth albums, they have 9 albums out so far, but they'll never get old so here's a list for now and the future.

The Top Ten

1 Blackwater Park

Arguably the greatest metal album ever. Listening to it always cause some kind of katharsis. After last sound of the title track resounded I started to feel that my life is going to begin one more time.

Best Opeth Album, best metal album, best of all!

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

Blackwater Park is just too dark and miserable to be Opeth’s best album. It’s not even close. For me, Orchid and Morningrise represent Opeth at its best because, in these albums, the death metal sound, rather than coming out as a brutal onslaught of the senses, appears like a harmonious stream, balanced by beautiful classical guitar sections. I think that Still Life is also exceptional. However, it lacks the classical sophistication of the first two albums. After that, Watershed and Ghost Reveries are brilliant, though very much more theatrical than Orchid.

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2 Still Life

There's no average track except White Cluster, I think. All of them are wonderful! The magnificent composition of The Moor deserves more. In this song there's a clean vocal melody which can be heard only twice. Only this example can show the productivity of the band at this era. After Wilson attends as a producer, the band starts using materials economic which leads to commercial success but a decrease in art. I think this raw mentality of releasing albums made this album better than Blackwater Park.

This album rises somewhat higher than the others in my preferences. And I say 'somewhat' because they are all quite high actually!

1. Still Life
2. Ghost Reveries
3. My Arms, Your Hearse
4. Blackwater Park
5. Deliverance
6. Watershed
7. Damnation
8. Orchid
9. Morningside
10. Pale Communion
11. Heritage
12. Sorceres

The transitions between Benighted, Moonlapse Vertigo, and Face of Melinda are absolutely impeccable; not to mention how beautifully haunting the melodies of each song are alongside the brutally dark, heavier parts of the album. Additionally, and unlike the Blackwater Park album, I find no material on this album being remotely repetitive. Not one song abuses a certain measure of material for too long, nor becomes annoying due to unnecessary harmonics (take the song Bleak off of Blackwater Park for example). Overall, Still Life is an incredibly well written album. The vocals, unclean and clean are phenomenal; while additionally, the instrumentals are wonderfully macabre. Together, they truly give the listener an incredible experience of the medieval conceptual story that Still Life tells.

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3 Ghost Reveries

"Blackwater Park" is undoubtely the best album to get into opeth's sound. Once there, "Ghost Reveries" will prove to be the top of the mountain of their discography. The characteristic sound duality (harsh/clean) has never been so well balanced as well as the vocals. Akerfeldt's lyrics are sublime. It feels like they are more like gothic poetry than simply lyrics. Finally, the story told throughout the album is so well arranged, that it will take the listener to a forest where he will meet the main character, a tormented man, desperately looking for redemption.

My absolute favourite. I love Blackwater Park, but this one is more perfect in my opinion. Every single track is amazing. Still Life is the only Opeth album I'm really not getting into. I think it's boring and the story is edgy

If you think Still Life is boring, its high time now for you to visit the doctor for your ear checkup. - Vip3r

Ghost Reveries is the album where Opeth puts it all together. Everyone adores the winding guitars of the Orchid/Morningrise days, the emotion of Blackwater Park, and the heaviness of Deliverance. But on Ghost Reveries, Mikael ties it all together. There isn't a bad track, and they all weave together beautifully. Ghost of Perdition, Baying of the Hounds, The Grand Conjuration, and Harlequin Forest of definitely Top 10 Opeth songs ever, and they are all from this album.

This is honestly the only Opeth album I can really get into. I like how this album isn't too focused on either progressive death metal or just progressive metal. I tried so hard to get into their other releases, tried and tried again, still fail to. This release is the best one, and rightfully the only one I can really listen to.

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4 Morningrise

Morningrise was surely a step up from an already awesome debut in Orchid. The overall talent level had gone up a notch, the prog rock acoustics continued to evolve within the structures of the songs, and the songs themselves continued down an even darker, more bleak, more hopeless feeling path. The biggest criticism of this album is how long and drawn out the passages are. Some fat trimming would have done a lot of good, which is exactly what Opeth accomplishes with its subsequent releases "My Arms, Your Hearse" and "Still Life".

Simply their best work! Every song is awesome.

Epic. The most inspired acoustic sections of Opeth are here. Mr. Akerfeldt vocal's are crystal clear and the bass line has always a special place in the songs.

Better Bass lines, keyboards and lyric's interpretation, sounds more like a band, innovative personalities that exchange opinions between each other through a collective music creation without filters or expectations, a lot of their vitality was blasted on this album. No formulas, but a lot of work in different paths that should have never been abandoned.

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5 Watershed

Epic. I have never heard anything similar to this. I thought "Blackwater park" and "Still life" were the best metal albums ever, but they lacked something: the sensibility that "Watershed" was able to give us in every one of its tracks. Simply awesome. Best Opeth album ever. It has some of their best ballads such as "Burden" (makes me cry every time I losten to it) with heart touching lyrics. Vote for this!

Every second of it just blows your mind. Nothing will ever top Watershed. Coil is an ingenious little start to the whole thing, and when Heir Apparent kicks in, I nearly lose my mind. Then it's just epic riff after epic riff for the rest of the album.

A Real Masterpiece! This must be hard work to create an album such as this! This sounds like a classical album that Bach creates in metal style (; (Hammond) Organ, flutes, violins and cello)!

Wonderful composition and dynamic range make this the most musically satisfying Opeth album for me. I especially love the song Burden.

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6 Damnation

Very good album...

The small difference of votes between each album (of course, without blackwater park that is the best) shows how good is opeth, because they are great in every single album.

Soft Opeth done right.

Fantastic album. Very dark and haunted atmosphere from start to finish. Opening track 'Windowpane' is among some of Opeth's very best material.

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7 Deliverance

Blackwater Park undoubtedly is the best album to introduce people to Opeth, but in my opinion their best work has been deliverance. Not only are the songs instantly memorable and head-bang worthy, but also melodic. Deserves to be far higher. Perhaps in the top 5.

I would say this album is tied with BWP, but since it's a bit lower I'll vote for it. This album is just amazing... I don't see the negatives in it. It has a lot more "Death Metal" feel in it, but even then "A Fair Judgement" and "For Absent Friends" are phenomenal and have no screaming. This album has some of the best guitar work that Opeth has put out, and is just a musical masterpiece!

Best Amalgamation of clean singing and throating..

Most brutal darkest and heaviest opeth album

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8 My Arms, Your Hearse

When, April Ethereal, The Amen Corner and Demon of the Fall are one of the best Opeth Songs out there.

April Ethereal is Opeth's best song, and Demon of The Fall/When are catchy as well. This album deserves top 3, alongside Still Life and Blackwater Park/Orchid.

In my opinion their best work to date, consider the sound quiality and mixing, the story and complexity of every song in the album.The structure is clearly define.From Prologue to Epilogue is just one fantastic and breathtaking musical journey.

I'm listening to this album for the first time right now (I'm new to this band) and I'd say it's pretty awesome. Needs to be higher. - Illuminati323

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9 Orchid

Orchid is their best album in my opinion

Normally I would say my arms, your hearse is the best album, but orchid is my favorite, for more personal reasons, so my vote is going here. Not only was it my first Opeth album, this was my first death metal album, ever! It really got me into it. It was also my first metal album that was a subgenre of Extreme and black metal, which got me into those. Before I was like a noob who listened to Metallica and the Beatles and kiss, but this helped me find the much better metal bands and genres. opeth is still my favorite band ever to date. Thanks for reading my story if you read it and if you like this kind of stuff follow @ChopstxMaster on twitter!

WHY YOU LEFT ORCHID ALONE AND LAST?
HERE IS WHERE ALL THE ABOVE START, REMEMBER THAT.
GREAT BAND AND ALBUM.

A beautiful album with an epic atmosphere. Exceeds all of Opeth's later works.

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10 Pale Communion

Pale Communion deserves a higher place on this list than it's fellow prog rock albums, Damnation and Heritage. Pale Communion may not have the same initial, striking beauty that Damnation possessed upon release, but the diversity, production and overall focus make Pale Communion a more definitively Opeth album. Cusp of Eternity and Moon Above, Sun Below are the two highlights, with Voice of Treason and Faith in Others also being major standouts. Give this album some time to truly grow on you, it gets better with every listen.

It leaked, so you can hear it now. It has to be one of the most emotional albums Opeth has ever done. I love the instrumentation within it, and it is definitely darker and heavier than Heritage. If you listen to the whole thing in order, it is a musical journey that is totally worth it. Check this one out, you will not be dissapointed.

Check the single "Cusp Of Eternity" on YouTube

This band defintley involved listen to orchid then this and youll know their two diffrent albums this also should be higher its peaceful and beautiful

The Contenders

11 Sorceress

As an Opeth newbie I'm shocked this album is so low. It's bloody great Sorceress sounds really beautiful and epic all the way through. I suppose if they have done this many supposedly better albums I've got a lot of fun ahead...

Great stuff

I dunnow why the most of you guys don't like this album it inclueds epic riffs and the lyrics are hella perfect

I think it will be awesome! (Wrote on the 27th August 16, will be released on the 30 September)

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12 Heritage

Underrated album, one of their best ones. This music cames from the same deep place that all their previous stuff, but only in a different manner, and that makes it unique.

Why this is the lowest studio album on the list is beyond me. This is some of their best work! Just because it is different does not make it bad.

I'm very partial to the song "The Devil's Orchard." Otherwise this album is pretty awesome as well. - IronSabbathPriest

Musically the most complicated and also the best

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13 Live at the Royal Albert Hall

Great

14 The Roundhouse Tapes

Amazing live album. This album got me into Opeth. If you don't like Opeth, this album will get you, trust me. It shows everything Opeth has to offer. - fidelcanojr

15 Lamentations: Live at Shepherd's Bush Empire
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