Opeth - Deliverance & Damnation

Triple Album 3LP 180 Gram Vinyl Remixed + Remastered

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Deliverance & Damnation is a compilation by Swedish metal band Opeth’s, sixth and seventh studio albums, released in October 2015 by Music For Nations.

Opeth’s Deliverance & Damnation finally arrives after 15 years in its ‘complete’ form. Music For Nations have repackaged these albums – a beauty and the beast moment that showcases each and every facet of Opeth’s ever evolving sound – in the manner they were conceived and to rediscover these two defining moments in Opeth’s formidable back catalogue is a joy in itself.

Separated at birth, these albums were originally released within 5 months of each other but now find themselves reunited and revamped.  Opeth chief Michael Akerfeldt has stated that the new Steven Wilson mix for Damnation – the prog rock ‘beauty’ of the package – was done a while ago and “it’s simply stunning!”, adding that “Bruce Soord, has done a fantastic remix for Deliverance, literally giving new life to the record and making me start loving it.”

Deliverancea beast of an album that plunders Opeth’s (then) love for classic death metal in a progressive manner that can only be described as quintessential Opeth. Mikael growls expressively, he sings seductively and the 6 songs meander through desolate pathways of progressive metal majesty while still packing a sizeable punch, a punch that certainly hasn’t softened with time. Home to some truly epic compositions, the likes of opener “Wreath” and the ethereally barbarous “A Fair Judgment” pummel and pacify in equal measure while the grinding central riff of “Master’s Apprentice” – an all time classic Opeth death-fest that only grows in stature as the years pass – provides ample proof that when Opeth chose to be heavy, they were heavier than most.

In contrast, Damnation was an early indication of the path Mikael Akerfeldt still needed to travel, his first major dalliance in releasing an entire album devoid of death metal’s trappings and an effective precursor to what would follow a decade later. Clean, focused, stripped bare and stocked with the kind of progressive rock songs considered lost to the 1970’s, the likes of “Death Whispered A Lullaby” and “Windowpane” offered a glimpse into a world Mikael Akerfedlt truly wished to inhabit. The writing appeared to be on the wall and while it would take Opeth another 8 years – and the intervening release of two exquisite progressive death metal masterpieces before again choosing to immerse themselves solely in prog rock’s tranquil waters, Damnation was a warm-up for the equally serene ‘Harvest’ and the experimental yet pure sound of ‘Pale Communion’ that defines Opeth in 2015.

Separately, these polar opposites were unique snapshots of Opeth literally splitting themselves down the middle. From the pugilistic nature of Deliverance – a prog metal tour de force that refused to leave Opeth’s death metal/black metal roots behind – to Damnation predicting the future with a lightness of touch and scant consideration for what the ‘purists’ might say, these two albums couldn’t be more different and yet the bringing together of these disparate styles feels right and long overdue.

Opeth envisaged Deliverance and Damnation as one movement and it’s as one that they can now be fully experienced; a double album (across 3 LPs) that delivers an engrossing insight  into Opeth’s past and present and one that fully justifies their well-earned status as modern rock/metal’s most fearless entities.

Check out the tracks: “Deliverance” and “Windowpane”. 

This triple album 3LP record set is on 180 gram vinyl with printed inner sleeves, featuring new stereo mixes by Steve Wilson (Damnation) and Bruce Soord (Deliverance), and redesigned artwork from original designer, Travis Smith, pressed in Europe.

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Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

DELIVERANCE

 

A

Wreath

11:11

B

Deliverance

13:36

C1

A Fair Judgement

10:21

C2

For Absent Friends

2:17

D1

Master’s Apprentices

10:30

D2

By The Pain I See In Others

13:50

 

 

 

DAMNATION

 

E1

Windowpane

7:44

E2

In My Time Of Need

5:49

E3

Death Whispered By A Lullaby

5:49

F1

Closure

5:15

F2

Hope Leaves

4:30

F3

To Rid The Disease

6:21

F4

Ending Credits

3:39

F5

Weakness

4:08

SKU 888750942814
Record Label Music For Nations
Label / Model # Sony
Catalogue Number 88875094281
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 30 October 2015
Original Release Date (Year) 30 October 2015
Barcode # 888750942814
Shipping Weight 0.7150kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000986m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition Triple Album 3LP Records, 180 Gram Black Vinyl, Printed Inner Sleeves, New stereo mixes by Steve Wilson (Damnation) and Bruce Soord (Deliverance), Redesigned artwork from original designer, Travis Smith
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Progressive Rock
Genre Rock
Genre Progressive Metal
Format VINYL LP

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