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Opeth- Lamentations: Live at Shepherd's Bush Theatre in London-Koch/Music for Nations-2004 Reviewed by Chaoslord

This is probably one of the top 5 most anticipated release for me. I live for this band and love everything they have done to date. For me this DVD is a constant reminder of the live experience that is Opeth. For anyone who has never seen them live, this DVD is a must have.

This DVD truly captures the wonder and majesty that Opeth brings to each performance. An added bonus is that this DVD features their last two albums, "Damnation" (Mellow CD) and "Deliverance" (Heavy CD"). I had the pleasure of catching Opeth on the "Deliverance" tour and was totally blown away by their performance. They rival In Flames as far as their live sound goes. It is as good, if not better than the actual CD's themselves. Seeing them live allows you to absorb the music as it was meant to be heard and to experience all the feelings that run through you as they play a slow, heartfelt song like "Windowpane", or run to the other end of the spectrum and decide to shock you with the utter heaviness of "Master's Apprentice".

The DVD is shot very well and done very professionally. It truly captures the live experience and never fails to send chills down my body each time it is in my DVD player. A lot of people complain about Opeth because of the fact that unlike most metal bands their songs are quite lengthy. While I could see this being a problem, I challenge yourself to think of another band that could make a 15 minute song seem like three different songs entwined as one. In order to truly appreciate the brilliance that Opeth has you have to have those long songs in there, otherwise the song would be hardly anything due to the complexity that Opeth puts into their songs.

I have been listening to "Damnation" now for close to 4 months now and I am still picking up things that I didn't catch the previous time that I listened to it. So I suggest that you go out and buy this DVD because I guarantee you that you will not be disappointed. See why Opeth is becoming a huge phenomenon in the metal community and get swept up in the beauty and darkness that they so wonderfully melt together.


--Chaoslord 03.23.04
About this Writer:
Greg Watson // Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.

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5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
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3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
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0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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ALL FULL REVIEWS FOR: OPETH
CD
TITLE BAND
DOR
REVIEWER DATE
DeliveranceOpeth
2002
Greg Watson1/27/2003
Lamentations: Live at Shepherd's Bush TheatreOpeth
2004
Greg Watson3/23/2004
Pale CommunionOpeth
2014
Greg Watson10/6/2014
WatershedOpeth
2008
Anthony Burke8/1/2008


ALL SUMMARY REVIEWS FOR: OPETH
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DOR
REVIEWER DATE
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2016
Greg Watson10/15/2016


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