The Bottom Line
- Great songwriting
- A lot of diversity
- Excellent musicianship
- Released June 3, 2008 on Roadrunner Records.
- The CD was produced by Mikael Akerfeldt and Jens Bogren.
- This is Opeth's ninth studio album.
Guide Review - Opeth - Watershed
Watershed kicks off with "Coil," a quiet acoustic song featuring melodic vocals from Akerfeldt and guest female vocals from Nathalie Lorichs. The next song is "Heir Apparent," a louder and more extreme song that leads the album into the diverse ebbs and flows we expect from Opeth. After the brief (for them) three minute open, the rest of the songs are more epic in length, ranging from 7 to 11 minutes. Their sonic palette is a large one, going from a single sparse acoustic guitar to layers and layers of various guitars, keyboards and other instruments. Subtleties abound, and you'll hear new things with every additional listen.
Akerfeldt's vocals are right on point. His melodic singing continues to be rock solid, and he still has a reservoir of anger to draw upon with his harsh vocals. He does more singing than growling on this CD. The definition of watershed is "a critical point marking a change in course or development," and with the increased prog elements and the use of that word as the title, Watershed may well signal the start of a bigger shift in Opeth's style.