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Studio album by Opeth
Released April 22, 2003
Recorded 22 July – 4 September 2002
Maestro Musik, Studio Fredman[1]

No Mans Land, Hemel Hempstead, UK (vocals)[2]

Genre Progressive rock
Length 43:20
Label Koch
Producer Opeth, Steven Wilson
Professional reviews
  • Allmusic Star fullStar fullStar fullStar fullStar empty[3]
  • Pitchfork Media 9.1/10[4]
  • Sputnikmusic 5/5[5]
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Damnation is the seventh full-length studio album by heavy metal band Opeth. It was released on 22 April 2003, five months after Deliverance, which was recorded at the same time. Damnation was produced by Steven Wilson. Mikael Åkerfeldt dedicated both albums to his grandmother, who died in a car accident during the time the albums were being recorded.[6]

The album was a radical departure from Opeth's typical death metal sound, and the first Opeth release to exclusively utilize clean vocals, clean guitars, and prominent mellotron, as well as being inspired by 1970s progressive rock,[7] which typically features no heavy riffs or extended fast tempos. Despite the change in style from Opeth's previous albums, Damnation was critically acclaimed and boosted their popularity, leading to the release of Lamentations on DVD in late 2003.

Critical reception Edit

In a rave review for Sputnikmusic, Mike Stagno wrote that Damnation is a progressive rock album that departs entirely from the extreme metal elements of Opeth's previous work, and stands as one of the best albums released in recent years.[5] Ned Raggett of Pitchfork Media also felt that it succeeds without Opeth's previous death metal style, and showcases each band member's technical abilities on what is "the most surprising and entertaining album" in Opeth's discography.[4]

Track listingEdit

All lyrics written by Mikael Åkerfeldt, except where noted, all music composed by Mikael Åkerfeldt.
No. Title Length
1. "Windowpane"   7:45
2. "In My Time of Need"   5:50
3. "Death Whispered a Lullaby" (Steven Wilson) 5:50
4. "Closure"   5:16
5. "Hope Leaves"   4:30
6. "To Rid the Disease"   6:21
7. "Ending Credits" (instrumental) 3:39
8. "Weakness"   4:09


A music video was created for an edited version of "Windowpane". The vocal melody in the chorus of "To Rid the Disease" is borrowed from a track recorded by Mikael Åkerfeldt's sideproject Sörskogen, "Mordet i Grottan".[8]



Additional personnelEdit

  • Steven Wilson − keyboards, piano, mellotron, backing vocals, mixing, mastering, production, engineering


  1. [1]
  2. [2]
  4. 4.0 4.1 Raggett, Ned. Opeth 2012-04-20.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Opeth - Damnation (album review 8). Sputnikmusic. Retrieved on June 20, 2014.
  7. According to the liner notes to Deliverance
  8. Interview With Mikael Åkerfeldt. Accessed 28 August 2006.

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