The Opeth poll

Intro:  Dimitris Kaltsas
11 / 09 / 2019

The release of In Cauda Venenum will be no.13 in the back catalogue of Opeth starting from Orchid in 1995. The transition from progressive death metal to proggier metal and less death and then even less till the complete shift to vintage progressive rock came with the metal element being limited to touches with a potential increase in the upcoming In Cauda Venenum.

During these 24 years of recording, perhaps the most striking thing is that the band has managed to completely renew itself and these years do not seem to burden Mikael Åkerfeldt and his company in the least. The entrance of Fredrik Åkesson (guitar), Martin Axenrot (drums) and Joakim Svalberg (keys) in the band lineup found Opeth ready to cope with the ever-increasing demands and to confirm their reputation of an amazing concert band each and every time. Another rare feature is that virtually every single album has its own status in the audience, largely due to the exhaustively worked material, the particular attention to the sound quality (many productions on their albums are exemplary with contributions by Dan Swanö, Fredrik Nordström, Steven Wilson, Jens Bogren, Tom Dalgety) and the complex prog structures with typically extended intros and alternations from electric to acoustic guitars and vice versa. However, apart from the many great things they have already accomplished, undoubtedly much of Opeth’s legacy lies in Åkerfeldt’s charisma and originality as a guitarist. His signature melodies and his imposing and always inspiring solos are rare in prog metal, death metal, and even prog rock from the 80s to the present day.

The release of In Cauda Venenum was the perfect occasion to delve a little deeper into their works and each of selected 5 favorite albums and songs by Opeth. Summing up the views of 18 editors, Blackwater Park topped the list, with Damnation second, while it is impressive that 10 of the band’s 12 albums to date have been selected.

So, aggregately, the ranking of Opeth albums based on the preferences of the editors of is as follows:

01. Blackwater Park 74
02. Damnation 46
03. Still Life 40
04. Ghost Reveries 29
05. Deliverance 25
06. Watershed 20
07. My Arms, Your Hearse 18
08. Morningrise 11
09. Pale Communion 04
10. Heritage 01

(scores were obtained by assigning to each list no.1 as 5, no.2 as 4and so on)

Regarding the songs, the result was even more impressive. Our picks include 39 different tracks, i.e. 45% of the band’s songs! Blackwater Park was marginally the first:

01. Blackwater Park 25
02. Deliverance 21
03. In my Time of Need 20
04. Windowpane 17
05. The Moor 13
06. The Drapery Falls 12
07. Face of Melinda 11
08. Bleak 10
09. The Leper Affinity 10
10. Dirge for November 09

And here are our top-5’s:

  Albums Songs
Dimitris Anastasiadis Blackwater Park The Leper Affinity
Deliverance Deliverance
Ghost Reveries The Grand Conjuration
Still Life The Devil’s Orchard
Watershed Ghost of Perdition
Kostas Barbas Blackwater Park Bleak
Damnation The Drapery Falls
Still Life Demon of the Fall
Ghost Reveries The Moor
My Arms, Your Hearse Ending Credits
Vangelis Christodoulou Blackwater Park The Drapery Falls
Still Life Blackwater Park
My Arms, Your Hearse Windowpane
Damnation Godhead’s Lament
Morningrise To Bid you Farewell
Meletis Doulgeroglou Deliverance Blackwater Park
Ghost Reveries By the Pain I Feel in Others
Blackwater Park The Lotus Eater
Damnation The Baying of the Hounds
My Arms, Your Hearse To Rid the Disease
Ilias Goumagias Damnation Windowpane
Blackwater Park In My Time of Need
Still Life Death Whispered a Lullaby
Morningrise Closure
Ghost Reveries Hope Leaves
Paris Gravouniotis Damnation In My Time of Need
Blackwater Park Harvest
Ghost Reveries Reverie / Harlequin Forest
Still Life Burden
Pale Communion Face of Melinda
Dimitris Kaltsas Damnation Windowpane
Blackwater Park In My Time of Need
Watershed Hope Leaves
Deliverance A Fair Judgement
Ghost Reveries Burden
Vasilis Korolis Morningrise Advent
My Arms, Your Hearse Black Rose Immortal
Blackwater Park The Lotus Eater
Still Life Face Of Melinda
Watershed Bleak
Christos Minos Blackwater Park Blackwater Park
Still Life Deliverance
Ghost Reveries Reverie / Harlequin Forest
Damnation Demon of the Fall
Pale Communion Face of Melinda
Eleni Panayiotou Still Life Face of Melinda
Watershed The Moor
Blackwater Park Deliverance
Damnation Closure
Ghost Reveries The Grand Conjuration
Petros Papadogiannis Blackwater Park A Fair Judgement
My Arms, Your Hearse Dirge for November
Ghost Reveries When
Damnation The Grand Conjuration
Still Life In My Time of Need
Goran Petrić Damnation Burden
Blackwater Park In My Time of Need
Watershed Windowpane
Pale Communion Blackwater Park
Deliverance Harvest
Tasos Poimenidis Blackwater Park The Lepper Affinity
Still Life Heir Apparent
Ghost Reveries The Moor
My Arms, Your Hearse The Grand Conjuration
Deliverance The Baying of The Hounds
Thomas Sarakintsis Blackwater Park Hessian Peel
Watershed Bleak
Still Life Eternal Rains Will Come
Damnation April Ethereal
Heritage Windowpane
Lefteris Statharas Damnation To Rid The Disease
Blackwater Park Blackwater Park
Deliverance Heir Apparent 
Still Life Deliverance
Watershed Face of Melinda
Alexandros Topintzis Deliverance Blackwater Park
Blackwater Park When
Damnation Deliverance
Still Life In My Time of Need
My Arms, Your Hearse Beneath The Mire
Giannis Voulgaris Ghost Reveries The Moor
Watershed Harlequin Forest
Still Life The Drapery Falls
Damnation Hessian Peel
Blackwater Park Deliverance
Giannis Zavradinos Blackwater Park Dirge for November
Deliverance Deliverance
Morningrise Drapery Falls
Still Life Master’s Apprentices
My Arms, Your Hearse Face of Melinda

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