Deliverance (Opeth album)

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Deliverance
Studio album by Opeth
Released 12 November 2002 (2002-11-12)
Recorded 22 July 2002 – 4 September 2002 at Maestro Musik and Studio Fredman[1]
Genre Progressive death metal
Length 61:50
Label Koch, Music for Nations
Producer Mikael Åkerfeldt and Steven Wilson
Opeth chronology
Blackwater Park
(2001)
Deliverance
(2002)
Damnation
(2003)
Singles from Deliverance
  1. "Deliverance"
    Released: 2002
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone favorable[3]
Pitchfork Media 8.7/10[4]
Sputnikmusic 2.5/5[5]

Deliverance is Swedish progressive metal band Opeth's sixth studio album. It was released on 12 November 2002. It was recorded between 22 July and 4 September 2002 (see 2002 in music), at the same time as Damnation, which was released the following year. The two albums contrast starkly with one another, purposely dividing the band's two most prevalent styles, as Deliverance is considered to be one of the band's heaviest albums, whereas Damnation experiments with a much mellower progressive rock-influenced sound.[6]

Background[edit]

The band originally intended for Deliverance and Damnation to be released as a double album, but the record company eventually decided against this and released them separately, approximately five months apart from one another in order to promote them properly.[7]

The recording sessions also became a writing session of two albums worth of material, causing the recordings to be long as there were no songs written prior to that point. Åkerfeldt wrote the songs in the night and recorded them with the band during the days.[8]

The track "Master's Apprentices" was named after the Australian hard/progressive rock group The Masters Apprentices.[7] The track "For Absent Friends" was named after a song of the same name, originally appearing on the album Nursery Cryme by progressive rock group Genesis.[9]

At the end of "By the Pain I See in Others", the final note fades slowly and ends at 10:38. Silence follows until 11:58, followed by two reversed verses from "Master's Apprentices" at 12:19 and 13:15.

Reception[edit]

Deliverance peaked on Top Heatseekers at No. 16 and the Top Independent Albums chart at No. 19, making it the first Opeth release ever to chart.[2] Opeth also won a Grammis Award for Best Hard Rock Performance after releasing the album.[10]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Mikael Åkerfeldt[11]

No. Title Length
1. "Wreath"   11:11
2. "Deliverance"   13:36
3. "A Fair Judgement"   10:23
4. "For Absent Friends" (instrumental) 2:17
5. "Master's Apprentices"   10:32
6. "By the Pain I See in Others"   13:50

Personnel[edit]

Opeth[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "DELIVERANCE - 2002". Opeth.com. Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  2. ^ a b http://www.allmusic.com/album/r614742
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ Raggett, Ned (20 April 2012). "Opeth Blackwater Park [Legacy Edition]". 
  5. ^ "Opeth - Deliverance (album review 6)". Sputnikmusic. 18 October 2007. Retrieved 2 June 2014. 
  6. ^ Lamentations DVD: "The Making of Deliverance and Damnation" documentary
  7. ^ a b Collin (October 2003). "Opeth Interview". MetalStorm. Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  8. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKm2eQ7XftM
  9. ^ http://www.metalstorm.net/bands/trivia.php?band_id=13&bandname=Opeth
  10. ^ "GRAMMIS-VINNARE GENOM ÅREN – 1969-2010" [Grammy-Winner Through Years - 1969-2010] (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI-se. Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  11. ^ "Opeth official website discography". Opeth.com. Retrieved 26 December 2011. 

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