Watershed - Opeth
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  • Summary: The Swedish metal band's ninth album is the first with Martin Axenrot and Fredrik Akesson, who replaced Martin Lopez and Peter Lindgren.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
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  1. Watershed marks a new chapter for Opeth, one that promises infinitely more than its predecessors.
  2. It’s their most crucial album since 1999’s stunning "Still Life," and its title could not be more appropriate.
  3. If anything, the group's latest is another musical masterpiece from a band known for putting out musical masterpieces.
  4. Watershed, the new Opeth album, broad enough to encompass death-metal pummeling as well as cello and English horn, is typically engrossing--symphonic, and in a way organic.
  5. A substantial addition to the band's catalog.
  6. Watershed has friction, and friction brings heat. Those left cold by metal's po-faced tendencies might well warm up to it.
  7. 60
    Growls and blast-beats come decorated with guitar work that explores scale after scale of diabolical pleasures. [Aug 2008, p.101]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. kyleb
    Jul 10, 2009
    Breathtaking album.
  2. WesleyM
    Jun 12, 2008
    Yes; complex and original -- though the clean vocals often fall a tad short of real innovation, Watershed is a proggy and diverse diamond in the horrifically simplistic and derivative rough that is the metal genre. Expand
  3. JoshuaH.
    Jun 25, 2008
    I was disappointed the first time I listened through it, but the second time... Wow. Absolutely incredible. Akesson and Axe have definitely earned my respect, and Mikael, or course, is still a god. Expand
  4. JackO.
    Oct 5, 2008
    Almost as good as Blackwater Park, Watershed is a great album! Opeth has never lost that amazing song-writing talent that they possess.
  5. Spaciak
    Jun 28, 2008
    Besides Blackwater Park, Watershed is Opeths finest effort.
  6. EricL.
    Aug 8, 2008
    Akerfeldt is incapable of making anything that doesn't rule, no matter which genres he's checking. Consistant, smart, ballsy.
  7. David
    Dec 5, 2008
    Further proof Akerfeldt & Co. are incapable of interesting, fresh music. At least Ghost Reveries had some great songs. This one barely has any good ones; boring prog-lite at its worst. Expand

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