Metal for Friday: Opeth “Blackwater Park” [live video].

Opeth is one of those bands that proves that heavy metal is very much like wine. A beginner wine drinker will often enter into the world of wine through light, frothy stuff–champagnes, sweet rosé, “white zinfandel” (an oxymoron, but unfortunately a reality), and other tasty concoctions, and then slowly descend into “heavier” fare such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and ultimately Zinfandel, the death metal of wine. Metal is the same way. Bon Jovi, Van Halen and “party metal” is your light carbonated stuff. Appreciation of more complex and heavier bands comes with experience and age.

If metal is like wine, Opeth is Pinot Noir. A progressive death metal band from Sweden, Opeth’s appeal lies mostly in cerebral metalheads who love complex musical structures and appreciate very advanced musicianship. Blackwater Park, the band’s 2001 album, was a breakthrough for them, and got many people who wouldn’t otherwise listen to any form of progressive metal into the genre. This song, the title track, is a perfect exhibition of Opeth’s skill and thoughtfulness. And it’s a great piece of music. You may even want to enjoy a glass of wine with it!

This wonderful performance was captured at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Opeth’s 2010 world tour. Have a terrific weekend, and Shabbat Shalom! \m/

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