Roadrunner Records Inc.
Release date
3 Jun 2008
Running length
7 tracks
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1 Coil (Album Version (Explicit)) 3:11 20
2 Heir Apparent (Album Version (Explicit)) 8:51 25
3 The Lotus Eater (Album Version (Explicit)) 8:51 23
4 Burden (Album Version (Explicit)) 7:42 30
5 Porcelain Heart (Album Version (Explicit)) 8:02 29
6 Hessian Peel (Album Version (Explicit)) 11:27 16
7 Hex Omega 7:03 97,976

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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  • Sanity_Theorist

    A rare case of an awesome transition album

    11 Sep 6:32am 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 7:09pm Reply
  • nonebecoming

    Easily worst Opeth album.

    19 Jul 3:45pm Reply
  • lobo2190

    my favorite!!!!!

    19 Jul 2:57pm 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 5:20am Reply
  • DiaboliVirtus

    Their last good album [2]

    26 Jun 11:09pm 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 1:15pm Reply
  • OcellatedGod

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

    28 Apr 6:54pm Reply
  • martincarny

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

    31 Mar 8:44pm Reply
  • My_Sharona

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

    16 Jan 7:18am 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
  • Wooshmeister

    Their best album after Still Life, Blackwater Park, Ghost Reveries, Orchid, Morningrise, Deliverance, Damnation and My Arms, Your Hearse.

    14 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Cacnep

    Easily their best album.

    27 Sep 2013 Reply
  • mrfroll

    What a hell of an album!!!

    11 Sep 2013 Reply
  • DDevilized

    Every track on here is an easy 9-10/10, except for Porcelain Heart.

    8 Sep 2013 Reply
  • rotting_schntzl

    "not bad"? it's superb!

    17 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Motiv3ter

    Great album, Opeth's last great one thus far.

    12 May 2013 Reply
  • Rapid9

    the last good album was ghost reveries, i don't like this one but is better than the last shit heritage...

    22 Apr 2013 Reply
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