Watershed

Watershed

BY Opeth

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$12.00
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SKU: 2179362
Label:
Roadrunner Records
Category:
Death Metal
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Ninth studio album from the kings of death prog. Opeth are the masters at creating melancholy moods and juggling complex prog rock with death metal. Not afraid to wear their influences on their sleeves, they make musical references to Deep Purple, Camel, and Mellow Candle but infuse it with something modern and stupifyingly heavy. Mikael Akerfeldt has found a good balance of clean/death vocals that serves the music well. Highly recommended.

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