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July 2003
Released: 2003, Koch
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: JP

Like the double Bathory Nordland set, I thought the double Opeth set of Deliverance and Damantion was a pretty cool idea. One heavy, one light, and so on. A fine idea until it comes time to actually listen to the slow/mellow one.

Damnation is not bad, but it is certainly not great. The downside is it is just too much. I don’t mind the atmosphere and ambience of Opeth. It’s what helps make them great but. To release an entire album of what amounts to Opeth ballads take balls and perhaps an avante-garde band like this might just pull it off.

The music is quite hypnotic, acoustic guitar, lots of full backing vocals, and lots of ambient sonic soundscapes which pull you in to a dreamy world. I don’t need to tell you this but this album will appeal to fans of Agalloch, Winds, Anti-Matter, Green Carnation and Scholomance. The vocals are exclusively clean and soft, downplayed and subtle. Imagine if you will, an entire album of songs like Queensryche’s ‘Silent Lucidity’. Especially the cut ‘Death Whispered a Lullaby’. Incredible quality, but just a bit too much.

Beautiful packaging that thematically matches, Deliverance, monochromatic shades of black and white, another Travis Smith production. Lyrics and photos and great production are par for the course with this band so it is a nice package despite the baffling title. Why wasn’t the heavy one called Damnation and the mellow one called Deliverance?

I think it was a clever move releasing the heavy one first because this runs the risk of turning off some fans. It might have been better to release a 2 CD set or shuffle the track lists across the two discs. You probably should get this to complete the set but this is only marginally better than the last CD by The Gathering.
Track Listing

1. Windowpane
2. In My Time of Need
3. Death Whispered a Lullaby
4. Closure
5. Hope Leaves
6. To Rid The Disease
7. Ending Credits
8. Weakness


Mikael Akerfelt-Vocals, Guitar
Peter Lindgren-Guitar
Martin Mendez-Bass
Martin Lopez-Drums



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