Opeth

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Opeth is a Swedish progressive metal band from Stockholm, formed in 1990. Though the group has been through several personnel changes, singer, guitarist, and songwriter Mikael Åkerfeldt has remained Opeth's driving force throughout the years. Opeth has consistently incorporated progressive, folk, blues, classical and jazz influences into their usually lengthy compositions, as well as strong influences from black metal and death metal, especially in their early works. Many songs include acoustic guitar passages and strong dynamic shifts, as well as both death growls and clean vocals. Opeth rarely made live appearances supporting their first four albums; but since conducting their first world tour after the 2001 release of Blackwater Park, they have led several major world tours.

Opeth has released ten studio albums, three live DVDs, three live albums (two that are in conjunction with DVDs), and two boxsets. The band released its debut album Orchid in 1995. Although their eighth studio album, Ghost Reveries, was quite popular in the United States, Opeth did not experience major American commercial success until the 2008 release of their ninth studio album, Watershed, which peaked at number twenty-three on the Billboard 200, and topped the Finnish albums chart in its first week of release. Opeth has sold over 1.5 million albums and DVDs worldwide, including 300,000 collective Soundscans of their albums Blackwater Park, Damnation and Deliverance in the United States.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Rating Releases
1995 Orchid 3.5 11
1996 Morningrise 5 10
1998 My Arms, Your Hearse 4.65 10
1999 Still Life 4.3 6
2001 Blackwater Park 4.65 12
2002 Deliverance 4.75 8
2003 Damnation 3.85 11
2005 Ghost Reveries 4.8 19
2007 Blackwater Park / Deliverance 3 1
2008 Watershed 4.8 12
2011 Heritage 3.75 8
2014 Pale Communion 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Rating Releases
2006 Opeth Box Set Compilation 5 1
2008 The Candlelight Years Compilation 5 3
2009 The Wooden Box Compilation 4 2

Album + Live

Year Title Rating Releases
2003 Lamentations: Live at Shepherd's Bush Empire 2003 Live 5 4
2007 The Roundhouse Tapes Live 5 5
2010 In Live Concert at the Royal Albert Hall Live 3.5 5
2011 The Devil's Orchard: Live at Rock Hard Festival 2009 Live 1
2013 Live Record Store Day 2013 Leominster, MA Live 1

Single

Year Title Rating Releases
2002 Deliverance 1
2003 Still Day Beneath the Sun 1
2005 The Grand Conjuration 1
2005 Selections from Ghost Reveries 1
2006 Ghost of Perdition 1
2007 Soldier of Fortune 1
2008 Burden 2
2011 The Throat of Winter 2 1
2011 The Devil's Orchard 5 2
2011 Metal Radio Sampler 1
2011 Slither 1
2012 The Lines in My Hand 1

Other

Year Title Rating Releases
1993 Apostle in Triumph 1

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