Deliverance (Koch Records/Music For Nations, 2002)

Album review

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In case you don't know yet, or just need a helpful reminder, Opeth rules. Their follow up to 2001's "Blackwater Park" proves them Sweden's finest export next to Meshuggah and vodka. On "Deliverance" Opeth continue their lengthy, atmospheric, intricate stoner/death epics entwined with melodic acoustics and moody, shifting, song layouts. But now there's something else...take the title track, at about 9:58 in the track we witness some time signatures that Meshuggah probably wishes they'd thought of first. Gotta love the piano in "A Fair Judgement". "For Absent Friends" made me ponder whether this was really the heavy album or the softer of the 2 (the next of which will be released in April/May 2003), However "Master's Apprentices" erased all doubts with a riff or 2 that could've seen light on Metallica's "Master Of Puppets". After some devine death metal in "By The Pain I See In Others" we are suddenly taken back to the 70's Opeth style in a strange interlude around 5:03 before breaking back into the land of the blast beats. Do a few bong hits and let this last track play ALL the way to the end, you won't be dissapointed.

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Reviewed by: Wolfie