Lamentations (Live at Shepherd's Bush Empire 2003)

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Lamentations
(Live at Shepherd's Bush Empire 2003)
Video by Opeth
Released 24 November 2003
Recorded 25 September 2003 at Shepherd's Bush Empire
Genre Progressive death metal, progressive rock
Length 188:00 (DVD)
Label Koch
Opeth chronology
Damnation
(2003)
Lamentations (Live at Shepherds Bush Empire 2003)
(2003)
Ghost Reveries
(2005)

Lamentations (Live at Shepherds Bush Empire 2003) is a DVD of Opeth's first live video, released under the Music For Nations label in 2003. It was recorded at the Shepherd's Bush Empire on 25 September 2003.

Lamentations features Opeth playing the album Damnation in its entirety (although not in proper order), followed by some of the band's songs from Blackwater Park and Deliverance. The only song that was played from albums prior to Blackwater Park was "Demon of the Fall" (from the album My Arms, Your Hearse) as an encore song, but the song was not filmed for the DVD due to licensing issues with previous record labels prevented this from happening at the time of the disc's release. [1]

The DVD also includes a documentary on the making of both Damnation and Deliverance because both albums were recorded at the same time.

This was the first Opeth release with Per Wiberg, although he officially gained membership not until Ghost Reveries.

A 2-disc CD version of the live recording was released in 2006 in a collector's edition slipcase.

DVD[edit]

No. Title Release Length
1. "Windowpane"   Damnation 9:15
2. "In My Time of Need"   Damnation 6:37
3. "Death Whispered a Lullaby"   Damnation 7:11
4. "Closure"   Damnation 9:44
5. "Hope Leaves"   Damnation 6:11
6. "To Rid the Disease"   Damnation 7:11
7. "Ending Credits"   Damnation 4:22
8. "Harvest"   Blackwater Park 6:15
9. "Weakness"   Damnation 6:04
10. "Master's Apprentices"   Deliverance 10:34
11. "The Drapery Falls"   Blackwater Park 10:56
12. "Deliverance"   Deliverance 12:38
13. "The Leper Affinity"   Blackwater Park 11:01
14. "A Fair Judgement"   Deliverance 13:51
Documentary
No. Title Release Length
1. "The Making of Deliverance and Damnation"   Lamentations (Live at Shepherd's Bush Empire 2003) 65:21

CD track listing[edit]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Pitchfork Media 8.9/10[3]

The recording is generally regarded as having exceptionally clear and beautiful sound and visual quality, although Allmusic reviewer John Serba complained of the ubiquity of shots from what he termed the "Åkerfeldt Orifice Cam", showing close-ups of the singer's mouth and nose in excruciating detail.[2]

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