18 years in the music industry is an amazing feat and proves just how far a single band can progress. Progressive death metal band Opeth has recently released their ninth studio album, Watershed.

It has been three years since the band has released their last studio album, Ghost Reveries. However, in that time they did also release a compilation album entitled, Roundhouse Tapes, which contained live tracks.

The majority of the new album is exactly what you would expect of Opeth; heavy musicianship, transcribed with soothing melodies, intertwined with epic vocals. As one would come to expect of most Opeth tracks, the majority of the songs do range from 7 minutes to 11 minutes. It’s very rare to discover a “short” Opeth tune.

The intro track is very different from Opeth’s usual style. Instead of ranging from soft, to heavy instrumentation, the entire track is mostly acoustic, with no distortion what-so-ever. Nathalie Lorichs adds her soothing vocals to “Coil”, presenting the track with a more delicate grace. She’s actually currently dating Martin Axenrot (drummer), if you wanted needless knowledge.

My personal favorite track on the album is the closing track “Hex Omega”. Most like Opeth’s usual style, the majority of the track is instrumentation. The only difference per usual is the difference in vocals. During the heavier portions, the vocals are generally rough and demonic, and soothing during the verses. However, there aren’t any vocals during the heavy side of this track.

If any reader has not already picked this album up, I suggest you do so as soon as possible. You will not be disappointed. Opeth have been in the game for nearly two decades and still manage to be original and impressive.  [ END ]

Track Listing:

01. Coil
02. Heir Apparent
03. The Lotus Eater
04. Burden
05. Porcelain Heart
06. Hessian Peel
07. Hex Omega

Run Time: 54:57