LABEL: Music On Vinyl
VINYL RELEASE DATE: 5/11/2010
ALBUM RELEASE DATE: 3/12/2001
VARIANT: 180 Gram Black Vinyl 2LP
180 gram audiophile IMPORT vinyl with bonus track "The Leper Affinity" (Live)," plus an 8-page booklet with new artwork and liner notes by Mikael Akerfeldt.
Even if you don’t normally consider yourself a prog-metal fan, Blackwater Park is essential listening, whether you’re coming from the heavier or lighter sides of the metal spectrum. Opeth’s 2001 masterpiece, produced by Porcupine Tree’s Steven Wilson, is a truly dazzling marriage of death-metal extremity and virtuosic rock bliss, shifting seamlessly between growly blast-beat stampedes, dulcet acoustic strumming and fists-in-the-air melodic metal triumph. In the hands of most bands, such a fusion would be ripe for convolution, but Opeth nailed it here.