Roadrunner Records Inc.
Release date
3 Jun 2008
Running length
7 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Coil (Album Version (Explicit)) 3:11 28
2 Heir Apparent (Album Version (Explicit)) 8:51 34
3 The Lotus Eater (Album Version (Explicit)) 8:51 29
4 Burden (Album Version (Explicit)) 7:42 36
5 Porcelain Heart (Album Version (Explicit)) 8:02 33
6 Hessian Peel (Album Version (Explicit)) 11:27 21
7 Hex Omega 7:03 100,246

About this album

Watershed is the ninth full-length studio album by the Swedish band Opeth. Published by Roadrunner Records, the album was first released digitally on the European iTunes Stores on May 19, 2008, and released physically on May 30, 2008 in continental Europe, June 2, 2008 in the United Kingdom, and June 3, 2008 in North America to universal acclaim. The album was recorded at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden between November 1, 2007 and December 13, 2007. Watershed is the first studio album by Opeth to feature drummer Martin Axenrot and guitarist Fredrik Åkesson. The artwork for the album was made by Travis Smith (who has done the artwork for eight previous Opeth releases) in collaboration with Mikael Åkerfeldt and has been publicly available as of March 30.

It was released in standard, 180 gram vinyl, and special edition versions. The special edition version includes three bonus tracks, a bonus DVD with a 5.1 surround sound mix of the entire album (not including bonus tracks), video content featuring rehearsals, and studio footage as well as expanded artwork. The vinyl release came in cardboard gatefold packaging and contained the album on two vinyl discs as well as a CD copy of the album (both included the bonus track “Derelict Herds”) and a poster.

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  • Peace_Sells86

    Another grower.

    17 May 12:04am Reply
  • Kajtek666

    Rediscovered it after over 5 years of non-listening and first reaction was: OH GOD, HOW THE FUCK I COULD FORGET ABOUT THIS??? The best Opeth album along Blackwater Park and The Roundhouse Tapes (and maybe even better than aforementioned two). Every track has something to offer (some cool guitar solos courtesy of Fredrik Akesson), but my personal favourites are: Coil, The Lotus Eater, Burden and Hessian Peel. It's perfect connection between old Opeth (which I love) and new Opeth (steaming pile of turd IMO). If you don't know this buy or download it immediately.

    28 Apr 5:41pm Reply
  • theraz0rsedge

    i didnt like it so much for the first time i've heard it, but definitely this has become my favourite Opeth album. All songs are perfect, i really dont know how to order them from the best to the least best...probably: the lotus eater>>>hessian peel=burden=porcelain heart>coil=hex omega=heir apparent (?)

    26 Feb 3:14pm Reply
  • DamienCallisto

    This one is definitely a grower. Absolutely fantastic album.

    29 Dec 2014 Reply
  • forfrosne

    Quickly becoming my favourite Opeth album.

    5 Dec 2014 Reply
  • MisterJunior

    Well, I like it. But then I don't blow a gasket when a band I like incorporates new influences and sounds into their music. Plus I happen to like prog-rock a lot, so that helps.

    29 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Pantelika

    Great Album!

    2 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    A rare case of an awesome transition album

    11 Sep 2014 Reply
  • CydonianSoldier

    I love this one. There's such an feeling that doesn't exist in any other album of them. The keys, the guitar riffs, the acoustic parts and damn, that bass! An AMAZING album, done by an amazing band like Opeth.

    16 Aug 2014 Reply
  • nonebecoming

    Easily worst Opeth album.

    19 Jul 2014 Reply
  • lobo2190

    my favorite!!!!!

    19 Jul 2014 Reply
  • mauesndkj

    Their last good album? give me a break, they've only released one album since then... Pale Communion is not even out yet for you to judge...

    14 Jul 2014 Reply
  • DiaboliVirtus

    Their last good album [2]

    26 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Samoroth

    To me this has always been one of their best. Actually, it might even be my favorite one after Damnation, though Still Life is always close.

    11 May 2014 Reply
  • OcellatedGod

    This is Opeth on cruise control. Adds nothing interesting to their previous body of work.

    28 Apr 2014 Reply
  • martincarny

    most diverse and in my huble opinion their best...

    31 Mar 2014 Reply
  • My_Sharona

    Not my favorite but it's such a beautiful album ♥ ♥

    16 Jan 2014 Reply
  • shocklodge

    Polarizing album. And by that I mean their objectively best album. Also good job on the track titles, last.fm.

    10 Dec 2013 Reply
  • ReachDown

    Wow so intense, so many eargasms !

    8 Dec 2013 Reply
  • SynysterRevenge

    Beautiful album.

    18 Nov 2013 Reply
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