Reviewed by MJBrady on 15 Mar 2003
For every reason people enjoy this band, the followers of Opeth are surely in for a surprise when they hear this release. All the metal and darkness that they were associated with are gone. In fact, I would go so far as to call this a straight ahead Neo Progressive Rock recording. There are some gloomy mood settings, and some of the trademark melodic passages as well, but the shock value of heaviness that usually followed these segments on past cds never happens here.
I feel that I should be writing this review for the progrockers that have never taken a chance on this band, they do have a reputation as a mostly progressive death metal band. But this is nothing short of an alter ego event for them. This has more in common with Pink Floyd, Porcupine Tree or older Genesis, than anything that comes from the metal community.
So in a sense this review is either a warning or a heads up, a warning for the original Opeth fans to be prepared for what sounds like an entirely new band and format, there is not a hint of metal or death vocals on this cd, and if those are the ingredients of Opeths' music that appeal to you, you may be disappointed. The heads up is for Neo-Prog fans to get your hands on a highly melodic and atmospheric piece of melancholy progrock. There is no denying that Opeth is a talented band, what they are attempting with such a radical change in direction is anyones guess, I tend to prefer the bands heavier side, as this doesn't strike me as a cd that will appeal much to their core fans out there, but for progressive rock fans, there is a new (well, maybe not new) band to discover here.
Reviewed by Rob on 16 Mar 2003
I fully agree with my fellow member MJBrady to give a warning to all Death-Metal Opeth fans that this would not be something that they would expect
To me this is another excellent project of Steven Wilson like No-Man and Porcupine Tree.
This is certain an album that would please all those fans.
Reviewed by Ronald on 28 May 2003
Why a review from Opeth’s new album “Damnation”?
The world of Opeth-Is a world of wonder.
As you enter,all you can do is listen and suck in the music like a sponge.
This album is a classic in the making.
Every prog-rock fan should hear this and will love it.
You can hear echoes of King Crimson, Genesis and Gentle Giant in a waking dream.
Every note is subtle, the music penetrates your mind.
It leaves a melancholy feeling.
A great effort from Opeth.
This album should be treasured by all.