Opeth

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Opeth is a Swedish heavy 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 No. 23 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 Artist Rating Releases
1996 In Memory of Celtic Frost Various Artists 1
1998 A Call to Irons: A Tribute to Iron Maiden Various Artists 1
2002 A Tribute to the Beast Various Artists 2 3

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2001 Metal Dreams, Volume 3 Compilation Various Artists 2
2001 Peaceville Classic Cuts Compilation Various Artists 1
2002 The Metal Years: Progressive Metal Compilation Various Artists 1
2002 Loud Music for Loud People Compilation Various Artists 1
2002 Beauty in Darkness, Volume 6 Compilation Various Artists 1
2002 Full Metal Racket 2 Compilation Various Artists 1
2004 Choosing Death: The Original Soundtrack Compilation Various Artists 1
2005 Cover It Up, Volume 1 Compilation Various Artists 1
2005 ZilloScope: New Signs & Sounds 09/2005 Compilation Various Artists 1
2006 Rautakanki 2 Compilation Various Artists 1
2006 Headbangers Ball: The Revenge Compilation Various Artists 2
2006 Bandit Rock, Volume 1 Compilation Various Artists 1
2007 Gothic Spirits 5 Compilation Various Artists 1
2007 The Masters Compilation Various Artists 2
2008 Zillo Dark Visions Compilation, Volume 3 Compilation Various Artists 1
2008 Annual Assault 2008 Compilation Various Artists 1
2009 Metal Hammer: The Horror! Compilation Various Artists 1
2009 Roadrunner Undercover, Volume 1 Compilation Various Artists 1
2009 Annual Assault 2009 Compilation Various Artists 1
2009 Metal Top 50 Compilation Various Artists 1
2010 Wondrous Stories: A Complete Introduction to Progressive Rock Compilation Various Artists 1
2011 Pure... Hard Rock Compilation Various Artists 1
2014 Roadrunner Records 2014 Summer Sampler Compilation Various Artists 1
Blackend: The Black Metal Compilation, Volume 2 Compilation Various Artists 1
Blackend: The Black Metal Compilation, Volume 4 Compilation Various Artists 1
Classic Rock Presents - Prog - Prognosis 11 Compilation Various Artists 1
Firestarter Compilation Various Artists 1
In a Gothic Spirit II Compilation Various Artists 1
Primal Rock Compilation Various Artists 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2009 Live at Wacken 2008 Live Various Artists 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2010 God of War: Blood & Metal Soundtrack Various Artists 2

EP

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2003 Futile Porcupine Tree 2

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2005 Rock Tribune September 2005 Various Artists 1
2005 Roadrunner Rock Tribune Sampler Various Artists 1

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