Originally Posted by sound dropouts
Opeth would have been top of my list a couple years ago. They used to be my favorite band. Their older stuff is still top notch; their last few albums (after the masterpiece that was damnation/deliverance) have all declined in quality.
I completely agree. I love all of their albums from their first through Deliverance. Morningrise, My Arms Your Hearse, Still Live, Blackwater Park, and Deliverance are so amazing. Picking my favorite from those 5 albums is like a huge game of rock/paper/scissors, each album is better than the others (that makes no sense, but it's the only way I can describe how good they all are). A better analogy might be trying to pick a favorite child.
I got into the band right after Deliverance came out and fell in love with all those old albums. I waited patiently for Ghost Reveries and was disappointed. It's a very good album, but something was missing. Then Watershed came out and it's quality had slipped even further. Their new one doesn't do it for me at all. I did go see them live recently and Mikael didn't do any songs with death vocals so it was a big let down. However, his clean singing voice is spot on, I think he's one of those people that is pitch perfect, didn't miss a note all night.
Anyway, I'm not too bummed about Opeth taking a different path since I don't know of any other band that has 5 perfect (to me of course) albums.