Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Opeth is my favorite active band, and 2002’s Deliverance is one of my favorite albums of theirs. I have been fortunate to see them live twice, and the song Deliverance has been a centerpiece of both shows. Epic in length, scope, and execution, Deliverance is a progressive metal masterpiece. Opeth is a fearless band without musical boundaries. Their mastery of multiple sub-genres of metal allow them to explore any style that they desire. The Swedish titans recorded Deliverance and Damnation at the same time, releasing them several months apart, and showcasing the heavier and lighter aspects of their influences. Band leader, singer/guitarist Mikael Akerfeldt, enlisted the production expertise of Porcupine Tree’s Steven Wilson for both albums. Wilson also contributed vocals, guitars, and keyboards to each project. Opeth have inspired me to be bold and disregard being pinned to one style. Like Led Zeppelin before them, they are musical explorers who take their listeners on adventures in sound and emotion…and they melt faces while doing it!

Written By Braddon S. Williams

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