Lamentations (Live at Shepherd's Bush Empire 2003)

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(Live at Shepherd's Bush Empire 2003)
Video by
Released24 November 2003
Recorded25 September 2003 at Shepherd's Bush Empire
GenreProgressive death metal, progressive rock
Length188:00 (DVD)
Opeth chronology
(Live at Shepherd's Bush Empire 2003)

Ghost Reveries

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 (with the song "Harvest" from Blackwater Park put in the running order before the last song), 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. 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 did not become a permanent band member until Ghost Reveries.

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

A 3-disc vinyl version with new cover artwork was released in July, 2016. [2]


2."In My Time of Need"Damnation6:37
3."Death Whispered a Lullaby"Damnation7:11
5."Hope Leaves"Damnation6:11
6."To Rid the Disease"Damnation7:11
7."Ending Credits"Damnation4:22
8."Harvest"Blackwater Park6:15
10."Master's Apprentices"Deliverance10:34
11."The Drapery Falls"Blackwater Park10:56
13."The Leper Affinity"Blackwater Park11:01
14."A Fair Judgement"Deliverance13:51
1."The Making of Deliverance and Damnation"Lamentations (Live at Shepherd's Bush Empire 2003)65:21

CD track listing[edit]


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[3]
Pitchfork Media8.9/10[4]

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.[3]