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3.76 | 880 ratings

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3 stars Back in 2002, Deliverance came as a big disappointment after the stellar albums that preceded it. I had come to know Opeth in 2001 and had devoured their entire back catalogue in no time. Resulting in playing MAYH, Still Life and Blackwater Park on almost endless repeat. I thought Deliverance to be a few leagues behind but I've revisited it after 2008's disappointing Watershed and I have to admit I might have been a bit too negative towards it.

First of all, the tracks A Fair Judgement and especially Deliverance have been instant Opeth classics from the very start. Top 5 star stuff. But also Wreath is really impressing. Admitted, it sits closer to the death metal of Bloodbath then to regular Opeth but it is an entirely strong composition. I saw them perform it live in NYC (May 2009, in a nice package with Enslaved!) and it has kind of stuck ever since.

After the most impressive first 35 minutes, the level nevertheless decreases. Master's Apprentices has a rather monotonous start, both repetitive and gruff but not intense enough, just brutal without much emotion. It evolves into a nice piece once the clean vocals kick in. By The Pain I See In Others leaves a similar mixed impression. Especially the sinister vocal effect in the first verses and most of the grunting doesn't do much for me here

Despite some flaws I've made my peace with this album now, a solid 3.5 stars.

Bonnek | 3/5 |


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