Damnation (album)

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Studio album by Opeth
Released 22 April 2003

22 July–4 September 2002
Maestro Musik, Studio Fredman[1]

No Mans Land, Hemel Hempstead, UK (vocals)[2]
Genre Progressive rock, acoustic[3][4]
Length 43:20
Label Koch
Producer Opeth & Steven Wilson
Opeth chronology
Ghost Reveries
Singles from Damnation
  1. "Windowpane"
    Released: 2003
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[5]
Sputnikmusic 5/5 stars[6]
Pitchfork Media (9.1/10)[7]

Damnation is the seventh full-length studio album by Opeth. Produced by Steven Wilson, it was released five months after Deliverance, which was recorded at the same time. Mikael Åkerfeldt dedicated both albums to his grandmother, who died in a car accident during the time the albums were being recorded.[citation needed]

The album was a radical departure from Opeth's typical death metal sound and the first Opeth release to exclusively utilize clean vocals, clean guitars, and prominent mellotron, as well as being inspired by 1970s progressive rock,[8] 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.

Track listing[edit]

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

No. Title Lyrics Length
1. "Windowpane" (Note 1)   7:45
2. "In My Time of Need"     5:50
3. "Death Whispered a Lullaby"   Steven Wilson 5:50
4. "Closure"     5:16
5. "Hope Leaves"     4:30
6. "To Rid the Disease" (Note 2)   6:21
7. "Ending Credits" (instrumental)   3:39
8. "Weakness"     4:09


  1. ^ The song has a music video which is edited down from its original length.
  2. ^ The vocal melody in the chorus of the song is borrowed from a track recorded by Mikael Åkerfeldt's sideproject Sörskogen, "Mordet i Grottan".[9]


Additional musicians

Chart positions[edit]

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


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