Damnation (album)

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Damnation cover.jpg
Studio album by
Released22 April 2003 (2003-04-22)
Recorded22 July – 4 September 2002
GenreProgressive rock
ProducerOpeth, Steven Wilson
Opeth chronology
Ghost Reveries
Singles from Damnation
  1. "Windowpane"
    Released: 2003

Damnation is the seventh full-length studio album by progressive rock band Opeth. It was released on 22 April 2003, five months after Deliverance, which was recorded at the same time. Damnation was produced by Steven Wilson. Mikael Åkerfeldt dedicated both albums to his grandmother, who died in a car accident during the time the albums were being recorded.[3]

The album was a radical departure from Opeth's typical death metal sound, and the first Opeth album to use all clean vocals, clean guitars, and prominent mellotron, as well as being inspired by 1970s progressive rock,[4] which typically features no heavy riffs or extended fast tempos. Despite the change in style from Opeth's previous albums, Damnation was critically acclaimed and boosted their popularity, leading to the release of Lamentations on DVD in late 2003.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[5]
Pitchfork Media9.1/10[6]

In a rave review for Sputnikmusic, Mike Stagno wrote that Damnation is a progressive rock album that departs entirely from the extreme metal elements of Opeth's previous work, and stands as one of the best albums released in recent years.[7] Ned Raggett of Pitchfork Media also felt that it succeeds without Opeth's previous death metal style, and showcases each band member's technical abilities on what is "the most surprising and entertaining album" in Opeth's discography.[6]

In 2014, TeamRock put Damnation at #91 on their "Top 100 Greatest Prog Albums Of All Time" list commenting: "the first Opeth album to abandon metal entirely, Damnation trumped its heavier sibling Deliverance by bringing Mikael Åkerfeldt’s masterful songwriting to the fore".[8]

Mike Portnoy, drummer for Dream Theater, put the album on his list of best albums of 2003.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Mikael Åkerfeldt, except where noted; all music composed by Mikael Åkerfeldt.

2."In My Time of Need"5:50
3."Death Whispered a Lullaby" (Steven Wilson)5:50
5."Hope Leaves"4:30
6."To Rid the Disease"6:21
7."Ending Credits" (instrumental)3:39


  • A music video was created for an edited version of "Windowpane".
  • The vocal melody in the chorus of "To Rid the Disease" is borrowed from a track recorded by Mikael Åkerfeldt's sideproject Sörskogen, "Mordet i Grottan".[9]


Chart positions[edit]


Chart (2003) Peak
Australian Albums Chart 54
Dutch Albums Chart 97
Finnish Albums Chart 37
French Albums Chart 112
US Heatseekers 10
US Top Independent Albums[10] 14
UK Albums Chart 181
US Billboard 200[10] 192


Chart (2003) Peak
Poland (ZPAV Top 100) 76[11]


  1. ^ [1] Archived September 19, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ [2] Archived January 2, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ http://www.metalstorm.net/bands/trivia.php?band_id=13&bandname=Opeth
  4. ^ According to the liner notes to Deliverance
  5. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/album/r634404
  6. ^ a b Raggett, Ned. Opeth 2012-04-20.
  7. ^ a b "Opeth - Damnation (album review 8)". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 2014-06-20.
  8. ^ Hyndman, Chavez. "The 100 Greatest Prog Albums Of All Time: 100-81". TeamRock. Retrieved 2018-02-11.
  9. ^ Interview With Mikael Åkerfeldt. HailMetal.com. Accessed 28 August 2006.
  10. ^ a b Opeth > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums at AllMusic
  11. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20030614090754/http://www.zpav.pl/bestsellery/best.html

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