Opeth – Lamentations

"This album is essential listening not only for fans of Opeth, but fans who like inspiring, beautiful live music in the live arena."

This is pretty tense, we are Opeth from Stockholm Sweden. We’ve been here a couple times before but we’ve never had as many people see us as tonight” said frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt to the 2000 capacity London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 25 September 2003. Thirteen years later they will be returning to London once more, but this time to headline the 12,000 capacity Wembley Arena. Opeth are huge now and have successfully tapped into mainstream metal. But as they got bigger, they have lost fans who disliked their previous two albums which now dominate their current live set. So the re-release of Lamentations is perfect for the fans who want to re-experience the early material live.

Lamentations, which has been re-released on vinyl, is a perfect opportunity for fans to revisit a time where Opeth weren’t the household name they are today. The band here play Damnation in full, with songs from Blackwater Park and Deliverance thrown in for good measure. The strength of Lamentations is that it is really well recorded, it’s only when the fans start screaming or when Mikael engages with the crowd that you remember it’s a live album. The album may not capture the full live experience, but no live album ever does. It’s an album that captures the band at its best, it does not just capture Mikael’s beautiful voice in its live element, but his sense of humour and likeability. Lamentations is a reminder to the fans of how good their music is, listening to it made me realise how good an album Damnation was and how beautiful the band’s music can be. I felt like giving the album a standing ovation when it was finished.

This album is essential listening not only for fans of Opeth, but fans who like inspiring, beautiful live music in the live arena.

Opeth lamentations

Track List:
1. Introduction
2. Windowpane
3. In My Time of Need
4. Death Whispered a Lullaby
5. Closure
6. Hope Leaves
7. To Rid the Disease
8. Ending Credits
9. Harvest
10. Weakness
11. Master’s Apprentices
12. The Drapery Falls
13. Deliverance
14. The Leper Affinity
15. A Fair Judgement

Opeth are:
Mikael Åkerfeldt – Vocals/Guitar
Peter Lindgren – Guitar
Martin Lopez – Drums
Martin Mendez – Bass
Per Wiberg – Keyboards/Backing Vocals

Opeth Lamentations Band

More Opeth:

About Jack (874 Articles)
I am a recent graduate from the University of Essex in Colchester where by the luck of Odin I met the editor, Dom. I first got into metal when I was 13 and now I am 22 and own an uncountable amount of band T-shirts. I also regularly attend gigs (local and in neighbouring areas) as well as festivals. My musical taste is varied; I like nu metal (my first love), thrash, black, death, doom, folk, sludge (my favourite genre), symphonic and many more of the multiple genres that metal has to offer, I even like some metalcore (I know it's a dirty word within some metal circles but some of it is outstanding). One of my most memorable metal moments was meeting Grand Magus at the Bloodstock signing tent and having the whole tent to myself, spending a few minutes talking to them.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.