Acoustic music to dream of, born of typical Scandinavian melancholy.
Tracklist - Damnation
- 2.In My Time Of Need
- 3.Death Whispered A Lullaby
- 5.Hope Leaves
- 6.To Rid The Disease
- 7.Ending Credits
EMP Editorial Team (18.11.2005)
The so-called twin-brother of the 2002-album, "Deliverance" has, as mentioned earlier, little to do with its brother. On "Damnation", Akerfeldt and Co. exclusively concentrated on the quieter, ballad-like moments of rock, do completely without grunt-vocal and metal guitars. Instead, you get extended acoustic passages, 70s-organ/keyboard sounds and purest, most beautiful vocals. The liking of Akerfeldt for Camel and other heroes of the long forgotten heydays of Progressive Rocks is manifested in fantastic compositions, carried by sad melodies letting you forget the sense for time and space. All that is added by this typical Scandinavian melancholy that could be heard on albums of bands, like Anglagard, Anekdoten, Landberk or Ravana. Opeth do already sit on the Olympus of the progressive exceptions and considering that the quartet will go on celebrating their art for more years to come causes me pelasant shivers down the spine. Unbelievably ingenious!
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Everything about this album is dead center on the Perfect Progressive Album bull’s eye! Mikael’s voice is right were it needs to be, when it needs to be there. He doesn’t have the best voice in the world, but it’s exactly what is called for here and now and in this album. His progressive structure throughout Damnation is occupying Floydian Genius territory! Yeah, there’s a HUGE Pink Floyd influence hanging around here too. You can really hear it in the misty and almost purely atmospheric tones and chillin’ out tempos that populate this album. It should also be said that the incorporation of a grand piano and the creative, ivory ticklin’ manstermind, Steven Wilson is a perfect addition to this line-up of already top-notch musicians in this delicious prog pie.
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