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Stockholm, Schweden (1990 – aktuell)

Opeth ist eine Metal-Band aus Stockholm, Schweden, die sich zwischen Death Metal und Progressive Metal bewegt und auf ihren späteren Alben vermehrt Einflüsse des Jazz aufnimmt.

Der Musikstil wechselt innerhalb der komplex strukturierten Stücke zwischen harten, brachialen und ruhigen, emotionalen Passagen mit balladesken Anklängen. Dieser Gegensatz findet sich in der besonderen Gesangsweise von Mikael Åkerfeldt wieder, der zwischen seiner warmen, klaren Gesangsstimme und tiefem Growlen variiert. Die Titel haben oftmals eine Länge von zehn Minuten und mehr.


Den Namen Opeth hat die Band aus The Sunbird, einem Buch Wilbur Smiths aus dem Jahre 1972, in welchem eine Stadt in der Wüste Afrikas „Opet“ hieß, im Buch wird der Name mit „Stadt des Mondes“ übersetzt. Alle, die in diese Stadt kamen, begingen Selbstmord. Die Bandgründer fügten lediglich den Buchstaben „h“ hinzu, um ein scheinbar englisches Wort zu erhalten, das auch dementsprechend ausgesprochen wird. Nach einer anderen Theorie soll „Opeth“ angeblich ein Kunstwort sein, das aus den Einzelwörtern „opera“ (Oper) und „death“ (Tod) zusammengefügt wurde, da diese Begriffe die in der Musik von Opeth verkörperten Stilelemente am ehesten zum Ausdruck bringen. Hymnisch-episches trifft auf die harten Abgründe des Death Metal. So einleuchtend diese Theorie auch sein mag, sie ist falsch. Die Band selber hat in diversen Interviews wie auch auf ihrer offiziellen Homepage immer wieder die erstgenannte Version der Herkunft ihres Bandnamens bestätigt.


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  • SoOpenminded

    @MetalPoetry Excuse me but I don't smoke weed, it's illegal and therefore bad for my health. I only smoke tobacco. And where did you get those informations? I actually read on facebook that the best five Opeth albums are, by this order, Still Life, PC, Heritage, Damnation, and BWP, but if you show me a survey demonstrating that their best albums are, as you described, MAYH, Morningrise, Damnation, BWP, GR & SL then forgive me because it's a known fact that the majority's opinion is the only one that truly matters. Also I agree with arglactable, Opeth have growls, beat blasts, and lyrics about vampires, which makes them a death metal band (save for their recent stuff which is far more eclectic, progressive, and original).

    vor 4 Stunden Antworten
  • Lost_Souls_UK

    Not the biggest fan, or hater, but Pale Communion reminds me of Blackwater Park.

    vor 5 Stunden Antworten
  • BadgerReturns

    v What a lovely photo. Stevie Willie "The Pimp" showing his husband a copy of Heritage (Of Love), the legendary album by cock rock titans Akerstache.

    vor 6 Stunden Antworten
  • DDevilized


    vor 8 Stunden Antworten
  • Metality

    Also: you've made me want to play SS2.

    vor 9 Stunden Antworten
  • Metality

    @argactable: Keep in mind that "metalhead" seemed to refer to anyone who wants Opeth to sound like they did before Heritage. But well, there's no denying that most of these people wouldn't have listened to Opeth without the metal being there, but many do cite the dynamic (*dodges punch*) in their music as what made them more compelling than other (metal) bands, even if that dynamic doesn't have a lot of substance in-between -- which I would disagree with, because their metal portion alone did vary, being melodic at times and "brutal" at others; combined with the calm bits that ALSO varied, if less so for the most part, that does give them quite a bit of actual range in my opinion. Maybe you consider prog rock to be a more diverse genre by itself, but Opeth are quite capable of being thrown under that one category now, with mild deviation. Their music was never so easily classifiable, even if that IS a mere result of stripping away the metal. Whatever the case, thanks for chiming in!

    vor 9 Stunden Antworten
  • I0000days

    Not to be a jerk but Opeth kinda shaped my taste into hating pretty much all fake music including theirs. Thank you!

    Gestern um 06:59 Antworten
  • arglactable

    @Metality Opeth has long had a diverse set of influences, but uhh... No. Their metalhead fans were not fans when they were at their most diverse. Certainly elements of a lot of different music made its way into their music before, but the ONE influence they've abandoned recently (extreme metal) dominated half of their sound and basically obscured everything else in the process. At best, metalheads were tricked into dealing with other styles because it was disguised as death metal. Ghost Reveries and Watershed were in a certain sense experiments with reducing that dominance, but the simple fact remains that the death metal in their music was like green peppers in anything: no matter what you put in there, it's always the dominant flavor. The notion that their music was more varied and complex because of the pretty simple juxtaposition of 2 styles is a flawed one at best. And I say that while also maintaining the Still Life may be the best album ever recorded.

    Gestern um 04:51 Antworten
  • ArthurSchon

    For those who wants some old Opeth sound: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPD7PMO412c

    Gestern um 02:23 Antworten
  • GasmaskAvenger

    Orchid is a strange album but for a debut attempt at the (old) Opeth style, it's a solid release, though these are words from someone who's not really that big of an Opeth fan in any way imaginable.

    Gestern um 02:18 Antworten
  • Pheneks

    Thanks Badger, I love kittens. That sure calmed me down.

    Gestern um 22:48 Antworten
  • ossum

    My ranking would be Still Life > My Arms, Your Hearse, Blackwater Park, Morningrise > Deliverance > Ghost Reveries > Pale Communion > Damnation > Orchid > Heritage

    Gestern um 22:20 Antworten
  • Gapkilla

    "I love Opeth but this shoutbox is fucking cancer." [2]

    Gestern um 22:12 Antworten
  • Kanouse


    Gestern um 20:20 Antworten
  • MetalPoetry

    Mood changes *

    Gestern um 16:37 Antworten
  • MetalPoetry

    Best since Still Life? Pass me some of that shyte you're smoking please. Its not a bad record by any means but saying that is just preposterous. The vast majority of metalheads & the critics agree MAYH, Morningrise, Damnation, BWP, GR & SL (in any particular order) are masterpieces each on its own, they are a step above Watershed, which is 2 steps above PC & 6 steps above soulless Deliverance & Orchid. After that comes a dog turd and Heritage is just a total crap (excluding The Devil's Orchard). Imo, PC would've been accepted much better if not for the previous record. Trve fans are sad & afraid Opeth is turning into snorefest after two lazy non-brutal records. PC is not for every mood. But moods change :)

    Gestern um 16:35 Antworten
  • vargqld

    (I like pale communion pls dont hit me friend)

    28. Aug., 23:19 Antworten
  • vargqld

    @SoOpenminded see u in the pit fucker

    28. Aug., 23:18 Antworten
  • samueljeronimo

    Pale Communion is a great album.

    28. Aug., 22:38 Antworten
  • SoOpenminded

    They have already evolved as a band long ago, it's Opeth we're talking about for god's sake! Pale Communion is one of the most original prog records ever, and this is clearly evidenced in unique, epic tracks like Cusp Of Eternity, Goblin, or the well-structured Voice Of Treason, which has an amazing opening riff. It's the best Opeth album since Still Life, and I'm sure that dalviodias (a.k.a. most important music critic on last.fm) agrees with me.

    28. Aug., 21:09 Antworten
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